Frances Kay (Criss) Clevenger

Frances Kay (Criss) Clevenger, 78, of Ottawa, Kansas passed away Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, at the Brookside Manor in Overbrook, Kansas.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept/ 17, 2020, at the Feltner Funeral Chapel in Lyndon, Kansas. Burial will follow at the Woodlawn Cemetery, Pomona, Kansas. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Feltner Funeral Chapel. Memorial contributions for Kay may be made payable to  Prairie Paws in Ottawa or Franklin County 4-H Horse Club, sent in care of Feltner Funeral Home, 818 Topeka Avenue, Lyndon, Kansas 66451. Online condolences for the family may be left at

She was born Aug. 8, 1942, in Ottawa, Kansas the daughter of Kenneth Raymond and Dorothy Jane (Evertson) Criss. She graduated from Melvern High School in 1960.

Kay worked in her early years as a hairdresser, then worked as a seamstress at H.D. Lee's in Ottawa, Kansas, for over 20 years. Later in life, she enjoyed a second career as a secretary for 20 years for the Kansas State Parole Office in Olathe, Kansas.

Kay was a member of the Local #344 United Garment Workers Union, the American Quarter Horse Association, the American Cutting Horse Association and the Pomona United Methodist Church. She enjoyed the outdoors, most particularly fishing and riding horses. She was known as the "The Cookie Lady" for her much appreciated baking skills.

Kay married George "Gene" Cates on June 10, 1961, in Melvern, Kansas. They later divorced. To this union, they shared three children, Ray, Terri and Bryon.

On Oct. 8, 1988, Kay married Donald K. Clevenger in Ottawa, Kansas. They shared nearly 22 years of marriage before Don passed away on Feb. 1, 2010.

Kay was preceded in death by her parents, Kenneth and Dorothy; a sister and brother-in-law, Jane and Vernon Weimer; and a step-son, Greg Clevenger.

Kay is survived by her three children, Ray Cates (Samra), of Overland Park, Kansas; Terri Hook (Rex), of Ottawa, Kansas; Bryon Cates (LaVon), of Pomona, Kansas; two step-children, Valorie Turpin (Kent), of Lamar, Colorado; Stacy Willhaite (David), of Peculiar, Missouri; one brother, Bob Criss, of Melvern, Kansas; one sister, Wilma Crabtree (Steve), of Topeka, Kansas; six grandchildren, Laura Bassi (Juan), Garrett Cates, Ethan Cates, Sarah Geiss (John), Cody Cates (Rebecca) and Jessica Durbin (Andrew); four step-grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, Jayden and Bristol Geiss.

Posted online on September 15, 2020