Mary M. Pitts, 89, died Thursday, March 8, 2018, at Garden Valley Retirement Village in Garden City.
She was born May 7, 1928, in Kinsley, to Francis Sr. and Clara Schwab Hey. She graduated from Jetmore High School.
On April 24, 1948, she married Willis E. “Bill” Pitts in Jetmore. He died Jan. 10, 2018. She also was preceded in death by her parents; five sisters, Lorraine Hey, Loretta Hiller, Betty Sinclair, Lucy Craghead and Luella Fose; a brother, Kenneth Hey; and a son-in-law, Greg Hands.
After moving to Garden City, Mrs. Pitts was a cook for USD 457 at Abe Hubert, Georgia Matthews and Kenneth Henderson schools for 27 years. She later cooked at Community Day Care for 12 years and at Head Start for six years. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Garden City and the Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary.
Survivors include a son, Terry (Sondra Jantz) Pitts of Ford County; a daughter, Peggy Hands of Garden City; two sisters, Francis Geraldine “Gerry” Stuckey of Jetmore, and N. Jean (Larry) Stegman of Dodge City; a brother, Francis (Jenny) Hey Jr. of Jetmore; five grandchildren, Melissa (Scott) VanderHamm and Travis (Jodi) Pitts of Ingalls, Trevor (Jenny) Hands and Tyler (Amanda) Hands of Garden City, and Tiffany (Craig) Stockebrand of Salina; and nine great-grandchildren, Jhett and Logan VanderHamm, Jaxon and Tryan Pitts, Macy, Gentry and Lainey Hands, and Tabor and Payton Stockebrand; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral will begin at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the First United Methodist Church in Garden City. Burial will be at Fairmount Cemetery in Jetmore.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Garnand Funeral Home in Garden City. Condolences may be posted at www.garnandfuneralhomes.com. Memorials are suggested to the First United Methodist Church, in care of the funeral home, 412 N. Seventh St., Garden City, KS 67846.