Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Lela Mae Witt, 95, former resident of Cavalry Crossing Apartments, and more recently of Guest Home Estates, died Friday, Jan. 20, 2012, at Mercy Health Center.

She was born March 15, 1916, in Fort Scott, the daughter of Thomas C. McGrew and Maude Mae Carson McGrew.

Her first seven grades of school were at the old Catt School which was donated by her great-grandfather, Herman Catt, to the school system. She was a 1934 graduate of Fort Scott High School.

She married Arthur Edgar Witt on Oct. 20, 1935, in Fort Scott. He preceded her in death on Aug. 23, 1974.

In her earlier years she was employed at Kress Department Store, Standard Printing Company and Montgomery Ward Company. She was a member of Grace Baptist Tabernacle.

Survivors include one daughter, Sandra K. House and husband Dwayne, Ozark, Mo.; and one son, Jerry A. Witt and wife Judy, Fort Scott; one brother, Dale McGrew, Pittsburg, Kan., and two sisters, Pauline Gordon, Springfield, Mo., and Etta Curnutt, Azusa, Calif.

Also surviving are seven grandchildren, Steve House and wife Cathy, Jeff House and wife Loree, Matt Witt and wife Cherie, Aaron Witt and wife Heather, Jared Witt and wife Stephanie, Jordan Witt and wife Randi, Luke Witt and wife Cherie; and 11 great-grandchildren, Sara Barrett and husband Bobby, Nolan House, Henry, Oliver, Remy, Ivan, Ava, Lydia, Jack, Cole and Jayden Witt.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Naomi McCord and Thelma McGuire; and a brother, Jack McGrew.

Rev. Paul Rooks and Rev. A.F. Collins will conduct funeral services at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, at the Grace Baptist Tabernacle. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery.

The family will receive friends form 10 a.m. Wednesday until service time at the church.

Memorials are suggested to either the Grace Baptist Tabernacle or Guest Home Estates Activity Fund and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, P.O. Box 347, 201 S. Main, Fort Scott, Kan., 66701.

Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.