Helen Elizabeth ‘Beth’ Klima, 38, of Haymarket, VA, went home to be with the Lord on October 22, 2018. She was born in Manassas, VA on July 28, 1980. She was preceded in death by her son, Dujon Gabriel DuBois and is survived by her parents, Bob and Paula Klima, sister, Holly P. Creasy, brothers, Matthew W. Klima and Ethan M. Klima, maternal grandmother, Helen Geier Moon, and numerous extended family members, friends and loved ones. Beth graduated from Fauquier High School and worked at The Airlie Foundation until she attended and graduated from Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, VA. She subsequently obtained a M.Ed. from George Mason University. For the past 13 years, Beth taught special education at Battlefield High School in Haymarket, Virginia.
The oldest of four children, Beth was ten years old when her youngest brother Ethan was born with severe disabilities. She often said that the experience of being his big sister gave her the passion to help the disabled. In 2010 she helped establish the non-profit organization Children with Disabilities Fund International and served as one its board members. Beth traveled to Jamaica extensively over the next 8 years, working with the children at West Haven Children’s Home near Montego Bay. She helped provide special education training to Jamaican teachers and social workers, as well as West Haven staff and the many volunteer groups visiting there. She was instrumental in establishing the CDFI School at West Haven in 2012.
Beth’s family and her many friends will always remember her passion and love for those with special needs, and her tireless advocacy for their rights. She will also be remembered for her kindness to others, her wonderful sense of humor and fun-loving spirit. She gave her life to Christ at a young age and appreciated the love and support from her home church, Park Valley, especially the Open Arms Ministry.
A Celebration of Life service will at held at Park Valley Church, in Haymarket, VA on November 10, 2018 at 11:00 a.m., with a reception to follow at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made to Children with Disabilities Fund International (CDFI), 9300 Grant Ave., Manassas, VA 20110 orwww.thecdfi.org