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Kathleen Marie Fritts, 77, Ottawa, died Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, at Select Specialty Long Term Care Hospital, Topeka.

Funeral services are planned for 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, at Trinity United Methodist Church. Family members plan to meet with friends 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012, at Dengel & Son Mortuary. Interment is planned for Highland Cemetery, Ottawa.

Kathleen was born Feb. 9, 1935, in Ottawa, Kan., the daughter of Fred Andrew and Orelia June (Shenk) Mealman.

She was a lifelong Franklin County resident.

Kathleen attended Hawthorne Elementary School, Ottawa junior high school and Ottawa senior high school, graduating with the class of 1953.

Kathleen worked with and met her sweetheart, Stanley, while working at Drakes Bakery in Ottawa while attending high school. After graduating, she moved to Topeka where she worked for Royal Dry Cleaners. Stanley continued to court her there.

On Aug. 26, 1955, Kathleen was united in marriage with Stanley Ellwood Fritts at the Free Methodist Church in Ottawa, Kan. They were married 36 years until his death in September 1991.

Kathleen or “Kathy” as most people knew her, worked as a telephone operator for Southwestern Bell. After the children were born, she babysat and did washing and ironing in her home. She returned to the workforce from 1974 to 1978 in the lunch program at both Ottawa Middle and High schools. She also worked from 1981 to 1984 for Ottawa University in the janitorial department before retiring.

She was a Girl Scout Leader, PTA officer, member of Trinity United Methodist Church and the Suzanna’s Women’s Circle at the church.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Genevieve Arb; and infant siblings, Patricia Ann and Maynard J. Mealman.

Survivors include two children, Anita Marie Figgins and her husband, Wayne, Pomona, and Stanley Eugene Fritts, of the home; a brother, Leo Mealman, Ottawa; two sisters, Peggy Hoopes and her husband, Gary, Princeton, and Joan James, Ottawa. Other survivors include two grandchildren, April Lynn Garcia and her husband, Vince, Kansas City, and Mandy Marie Tally and her husband, Lance, Madison.  

The family suggests memorial contributions to Trinity United Methodist Church through Dengel & Son Mortuary, 235 S. Hickory St., Ottawa, KS 66067.

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