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Corrine Lois Willits


Willits, Corrine

Funeral service for Corrine Lois Willits, 79, Lawrence will be held 11 a.m. Friday, January 3, 2014 at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery. She died December 27, 2013 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Corrine was born July 6, 1934 in Waterville, KS the daughter of Roy Lee & Pearl (Roepke) Reitzel.

Corrine was a homemaker, mother and grandmother. Corrine worked as a telephone operator for Southwestern Bell in Waterville, KS. She then worked at a nursing home in Hays, KS, and later she worked at Presbyterian Manor in Lawrence, KS as a CNA.

She was a member of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church and enjoyed doing church and community volunteer work.

She married Lowell Edmund Willits on July 27, 1952 in Barnes, KS. He preceded her in death on April 13, 1986.
Survivors include two sons, Barry and wife, Jean, Redondo Beach, CA, Calvin and wife Tamara, Lawrence; 6 grandchildren, Chris Willits, Rachel Baird, Aaron Toyne, Brady Willits, Andrew Toyne, Jared Willits; 4 great grandchildren and one great grandson on the way. She was preceded in death by her son, Dan and daughter, Rae Lynn Willits.

The family will greet friends 3-5 p.m. Thursday, January 2, 2014 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in her name to St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

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  • Helen Pendleton Rumbaut says:

    I was very blessed this year to meet Corrine at Pioneer Ridge, where my father also lives. She was so sweet and kind, and we enjoyed visiting during meals there. Years ago, she had taken care of my grandmother and great-aunt at Presbyterian Manor, and told us stories about them, which meant a great deal to me. I was so sad to hear of her passing, but trust that she is now safe and rejoicing in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ. My thoughts and prayers are with her family at this time, of whom she always spoke so lovingly.

  • Terri Burkhead Cooper says:

    Corrine was one of the sweetest women I have known. She was so gentle and kind. I pray that peace follows her, now that she is home.

  • Matt Neis says:

    I feel blessed to have gotten to know Corrine over the last 12 years. I enjoyed being her neighbor for a year and she was so kind and thoughtful. We kept in touch and she always enjoyed seeing pictures of my family as they are growing up. Her family is in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Alvin\LueAnn Roepke Waterville says:

    Sorry to here of Your loss. We were great friends of your folks when they lived in Waterville. We had some good times together. Your mom and LueAnn worked together at telephone office in the 1950;s Your mom:s mother was a Roepke.

    Thinking of you
    Alvin LueAnn Roepke