HUTCHINSON — Marcella Angeline Stitt, 94, died Nov. 28 at Wesley Towers in Hutchinson. Born Aug. 23, 1916, in Mitchell, in Rice County, she was the daughter of Fred Nodurft and Grace Troyer Nodurft. She graduated from Sterling College and received her master’s degree in Latin from the University of Kansas. On Dec. 23, 1938, she married Sam C. Stitt Jr. in Topeka. He died April 3, 1991. A resident of Hutchinson since 2001, formerly of Lyons, Ellinwood, Leroy and Sterling, she returned to Kansas after World War II. She was a Latin teacher at Ellinwood High School for 20 years prior to her retirement in 1976. She was a member of the National Board of Junior Classical League, President of the Classical Association of Kansas and Western Missouri in the 60s. She won the Alumni Award at Sterling College in 1977, and was awarded the United States Fulbright Scholarship to study Latin in Rome, Italy, in 1962. She was a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma Teaching Sorority.
Mrs. Stitt was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church in Hutchinson, Eastern Star and Modern Literature Club, both of Ellinwood, United Methodist Women and Retired Teachers of Barton County. She was a church organist for 50 years and lay speaker for the Methodist Church.
Survivors include a son, Sam C. (Cindy) Stitt Jr., of Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas; a daughter, Marcia (Jim) Wheatcroft of Winfield; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother, Cecil Nordurft.
Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. on Dec. 11 at the United Methodist Church in Ellinwood with the Rev. John Schmitt officiating. There will be no viewing as the body was donated to the KU Medical Center for educational research and will be buried at Lakin-Comanche District Cemetery in Ellinwood. Memorials are suggested to the Ellinwood School and Library Foundation, Sterling College or to Good Samaritan Fund at Wesley Towers in Hutchinson.
Funeral arrangements provided by
Kimple Inc. Funeral Home*
113 N. Main/P.O. Box 246
Ellinwood, KS 67526
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Dec. 5, 2010