Lila L. Stites
Lila L. Stites, age 88, of Manhattan, died Thursday, September 22, 2016, at Meadowlark Hills-Wroten House.
She was born on June 30, 1928, in Wellington, Kansas, the daughter of Harley H. and Jewell Hyten. Lila attended her school years in Wellington, and graduated from Wellington High School in 1946.
In 1946, she enrolled at Kansas University and joined the Alpha Chi Omega sorority. Lila graduated in 1950, with honors, in music and education.
While at KU, she met the love of her life, John F. Stites, who was also a student at KU. They were united in marriage on June 18, 1950 and spent the following 66 years as husband and wife.
After graduation, John and Lila moved to Kansas City, where Lila taught music at Prairie Village grade school.
In 1954, Lila and John returned to KU, where John entered law school. In 1956, they moved to Manhattan where Lila was a homemaker and John entered law practice with Richard D. Rogers. For a number of years Lila was also part owner of Creative Travel in Manhattan, along with several wonderful partners.
Lila was active in many clubs and organizations in Manhattan, including PEO Chapter DE, where she was past president; Manhattan Country Club, Riley County Republican Party, where she was past precinct committee person; Domestic Science Club; President’s Club of Kansas State University; music club and Alumni Associations of both KSU and KU. She enjoyed playing golf, cards, working outdoors, and taking many trips with her husband and family.
Lila and John had three sons, David, Jerry and Tim. David preceded her in death in 1984. She was also preceded in death by her parents, younger sister: Bonnie Zrubek and brother: Donald Hyten.
She is survived by her husband, John, of the home, her two sons: Jerry Stites, Lawrence, KS; and Tim Stites, St. Joseph, MO. She is also survived by three grandchildren: David Stites and his wife Stephanie, Zach Stites and Katie Stites.
The family wishes to give their thanks to the personnel of Wroten House and Meadowlark Hills for the great care provided to Lila during her past few years.
The family will receive friends during a visitation from 7:00 until 8:00 p.m. Thursday, September 29, 2016, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Friday, September 30, 2016, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Chapel with Reverend Ben Duerfeldt officiating. Private interment will be in the Sunset Cemetery in Manhattan.
A memorial has been established for the Alzheimer’s Association. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.