WICHITA — Judith Ann Hiss, was born on Sept. 22, 1944, in Louisville, Kent., and passed away on Sept. 11 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. She was the daughter of Warren G. and Lina M. (Higdon) Pitts, and was preceded in death by them.
Survivors include her husband, George, of the home and sons, Jeff and Kurt of Wichita; siblings and spouses, Betty and Joe Nelson of Long Pine, Neb., Linda and Richard Oblander of Shattuck, Okla., Bonnie and Gary Watson, of Ardmore, Okla., and Tom and Nancy Pitts of Ocala, Fla.; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Judith grew up in Jetmore, and graduated from high school in Beaver, Okla. in 1962. She graduated from the Dominican School of Nursing in Great Bend in 1965 and started her nursing career as a hospital charge nurse in Beaver. Judith married George Hiss on Dec. 5, 1965; she was the love of his life and they would have celebrated their 48th anniversary this year. George was in the military at the time of their marriage and was stationed at Randolph Air Force Base, so Judith continued her career at Nix Memorial Hospital in San Antonio, Texas. After George was transferred to Wichita, Judith’s nursing career included working at Wichita Clinic, Wichita Ear Clinic, Mid Kansas Pediatric Clinic, and Wichita Surgical Specialists. Her current position was again at Wichita Ear Clinic. She was a dedicated nurse who exemplified professionalism. Judith was quick-witted, with a great sense of humor. She enjoyed many good laughs with family and friends, and she took particular pleasure in the annual Sister’s Weekend, otherwise known as the Blue Haired Ladies Convention, with their trips to yarn shops and fabric stores. Her life centered around family and career, but she had many other interests including reading, gardening, watching birds, and sewing. She was a perfectionist who excelled at everything she did. Her hands were seldom still; one of her favorite activities was baking treats for family and friends. But her personal passion was knitting, and she made gorgeous items for people special to her, including her son’s friends, frequently from patterns she designed.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 16, at Lakeview Funeral Home with visitation one hour prior. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Arthritis National Research Foundation, 200 Oceangate, Suite 830, Long Beach, CA 90802 or the American Cancer Society, 330 S. Main St. #100, Wichita, KS 67202. www.MyLakeviewFuneralHome.com
Funeral arrangements provided by
Lakeview Funeral Home**
12100 East 13th Street North
Wichita, KS 67206
Great Bend (Kan) Tribune, Sept. 15, 2013