Deanna R. Bethea

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From an unidentified newspaper obituary:

DEANNA BETHEA-KEARNEY
Flight Attendant

Deanna "Dhea" Rae Bethea-Kearney, 22, a USAir flight attendant who was killed Feb. 1 when her plane collided with a commuter flight at Los Angeles International Airport, lived in Vienna and had worked for the airline since June 1989.

Mrs. Bethea-Kearney was assigned out of Washington National Airport. She had worked from 1986 to 1989 as a service manager for Bob's Big Boy restaurant in Alexandria.

Born in Cambridge, Ohio, she moved to Alexandria at the age of six. She graduated in 1986 from west Potomac High School.

She belonged to St. David's Episcopal Church in Georgetown.

Survivors include her husband, Timothy Robert Kearney of Vienna; her parents, Andrea Rae Bethea and Miles Bethea of Alexandria; two sisters, Dawn Lynette Bethea of Alexandria and Eugennia Mack of Washington; three brothers, Dale Richard Bethea and Rhomiel Delonte Bethea, both of Alexandria, and Kevin Bethea of Washington; and her grandmother, Bernice Edwards of Pittsburgh.


From an unidentified newspaper article:

Local woman killed in USAir L.A. crash

Deanna "Dhea" Rae Bethea-Kearney, 22, a member of the first class to graduate from West Potomac High School in 1986, was killed aboard USAir Flight 1493 when it crashed at Los Angeles International Airport Feb. 1.

Bethea-Kearney had been a flight attendant with USAir since June, 1989, and was assigned out of Washington National Airport. Prior to her employment with USAir, she had worked as a service manager for Bob's Big Boy restaurant in Alexandria.

According to her mother, Andrea Bethea, Bethea-Kearney eloped with her husband Timothy Kearney in August, but did not tell her parents, as she still was planning a "storybook wedding for May." She had her final fitting for the wedding gown just before her last flight, her mother said.

Bethea-Kearney was buried at Mount Comfort Cemetery on South King's Highway after Feb. 11 funeral services at St. David's Episcopal Church in Georgetown. Mrs. Bethea said the church was full to overflowing. "I never expected so many friends to come," she said. "There were teachers from junior high and high school, even husbands of her Brownie troop leaders," she added.

John Gray and Eretha Williams, two of Bethea-Kearney's former teachers at Stephen Foster Intermediate School who now teach at Carol Sandburg Intermediate, are donating a Deanna R. Bethea memorial plaque to be displayed at Sandburg. Each year a student will be chosen, Williams said, who best exemplifies the positive characteristics that Bethea-Kearney displayed while in intermediate school: kindness, hard work, dedication to goals, and following through to achieve them. The student will then receive a certificate and his or her name will be engraved on the plaque.

Bethea-Kearney is survived by her husband, Timothy Robert Kearney of Vienna; her parents, Andrea Rae Bethea and Miles Bethea of the Stoneybrooke area south of Alexandria; two sisters, Dawn Lynette Bethea of Alexandria and Eugennia Mack of Washington; three brothers, Dale Richard Bethea and Rhomiel Delonte Bethea, both of Alexandria, and Kevin Bethea of Washington; and her grandmother, Bernice Edwards of Pittsburgh.

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September 27, 2006

Eric Lindsey, eclindsey@cox.net, Reston, VA

She was a wonderful lady even in high school. I met here when I was in the 6th and her 5th. We would kiss underwater... wow.. I can not believe I remember that.. so sad to just find about her passing. I am sure the family is still missing her so... what a sweet person.. the entire family was sweet

June 21, 2006

Dawn Bethea Darr, pdarr@cox.net, Fairfax, VA

Thank you to everyone who remembers my sister the way our family knew her. To hear all of your kind remarks and wonderful stories keep her alive in our hearts. My two sweet little girls always like to hear Auntie Dhea stories so when they read entries on this website from her friends, it's so powerful! Thank you for taking the time to write and remember. Her spirit is alive within those who knew her everyday.

May 23, 2006

Julia (Clark) MacInnis, julia@macinnisweb.com, Alexandria, VA

I learned of Dhea's passing within a year of it happening. I had lost touch with her over the years and was deeply and profoundly moved by her death. My earliest recollection of Dhea was in 7th grade during our first week of school at Stephen Foster. She befriended me -- was extremely gregarious and generous. During the first week of school, however, she insisted in getting the combination to my locker. Because this was the first week of school and b/c it was all new to me and b/c I FOLLOWed all the damn rules, I wouldn't budge -- she made some excuse about needing to put some personal things in it -- and I still wouldn't budge (what a bad friend I was!). Wouldn't you know, 4 days later, on my birthday, she came to my house and had "tee-peed" it and decorated my room with candies, streamers, gifts and the like.... her intention to begin with!!! This is really what exemplifies Dhea's true human spirit best. She always thought of others first and was everyone's friend -- right off the bat.

December 7, 2005

Jenny (O'Brien) Brymer, thebrymers@verizon.net, Montclair, VA

Dhea and I were great friends our senior year in high school. She was so funny and outgoing. We were on our way to Bethany Beach when she told me her dreams of being a flight attendant. Jen, Marybeth, Dhea, and I were in the car together when she told us. We all laughed about it when we crossed the Bay Bridge, because she was afraid of bridges. We teased her then about how she could stand being in a plane if she couldn't stand crossing a bridge. Dhea's laugh was infectious, and soon she had us all laughing. I was so proud if her that she had achieved her dream of becoming a flight attendant. I was so sad when I heard about the plane crash. But, I was not surprised to hear that she had died rescuing others. I feel the loss again whenever I see her picture.

November 30, 2005

Karen (Daniels) Crowe, crowek@satcomsolutions.com, Leesburg, VA

Dhea was a very close friend of mine during Jr High and High School. I often think about her and the good times we had growing up together. Her smile was absolutely beautiful!

November 30, 2005

Steve Swygert, rokkinroll@yahoo.com, Cumberland, MD

I was shocked to learn of the accident that had happened that day. My brother's wife was then and is still now with U.S. Air, so I had concerns of her and her many friends, as she has been flying for years. I found out my sister in law was safe and not on that flight, but she informed me that some of her friends had known the woman who passed, and that she was from my home area. When I learned who it was, I was utterly shocked. How could tragedy strike so close, and steal away such another fine young talented soul. Well, I think the answer is she was needed elsewhere, and it there I hope we can find inner comfort until we all meet again. You are missed dearly, I will never forgrt you're warm genuine smile and the contagious joy you radiated.


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