By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great journalism.
Ellen Lou (Jennings) Rudell 1946 - 2016
obit slt rudell

HAYS — Ellen Lou (Jennings) Rudell, 69, Hays, died Thursday, April 21, 2016 at Via Christi Medical Center’s St. Francis Hospital in Wichita. She was born Aug. 15, 1946, in Monument, the daughter of Newt and Dixie (Windmill) Jennings. She was lovingly raised by her Aunt, Esther Hahn. She married Clarence Rudell and was a day-care provider for many years, was a hairdresser, and she and Clarence owned and operated the Annie Oakley Motel in Oakley until his death in 2013. She enjoyed sewing, cooking, and going to auctions and traveling. She especially loved attending her son’s sporting events.
Survivors include two sons, Dustin Harman and wife Rachel of Hays and Dallas Harman and Candi Harman of Salina; one brother Emery Jennings and wife Diana of Hays; and seven grandchildren, Derek Harman of Wichita, Dalton Harman of Manhattan, Dawson and Reanna Harman both of Hays, and Chaelee Harman, Chiara Harman, and Chalin Harman, all of Salina.
She was preceded in death by her husband Clarence and two brothers Newton and Newell Jennings.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 25, at the Celebration Community Church, 5790 230th Ave., Hays. Graveside services will be at 2:30 p.m. on Monday at the Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Zook. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time on Monday at the church. Memorials are suggested to her grandchildren’s education, in care of the Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home. Condolences may be left for the family at

Funeral arrangements provided by
Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home*
1906 Pine Street
Hays, KS 67601
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, April 24, 2016