Ellen Barbara Kitts, 92, of Casper, Wyoming passed away, Thursday, July 1, 2021.
Ellen Kitts, dearly beloved by her family and all who knew her, was born on February 2, 1929, in Nemaha, Kansas. Ellen (nee Thieme) spent her childhood in Kansas with her five siblings. She graduated from Seneca High School, Seneca Kansas in 1951 and, as always had the urge to travel. She took a train to Cape Cod to work for the summer. Missing the west, she headed back and while on her way West with a girlfriend she met Jesse Lee Kitts in Wyoming, and after a whirlwind romance they married January 16, 1951 in Lingle Wyoming.
Ellen and Jess had a rich and full life living in Rawlins, Shirley Basin, Medicine Bow, Fort Laramie, and ultimately Skyline Towers in Casper, where Ellen was the longest resident, a feat she was proud of. She was the proud mother and is survived by her “three boys” as she loved to call them. Joe of Chatham, Massachusetts, Jeffery of Carrizozo, New Mexico, and Johnnie of Phoenix, Arizona. She worked at the Rawlins, Wyoming hospital as a nurse’s aide and then drove the school bus to Medicine Bow (keeping an eye on those boys) for many years. She was an active member of her church and traveled widely to visit her boys, who inherited her spirit of adventure, including to Morocco and the United Kingdom.
Ellen was kind, caring, and wise and made an immeasurable contribution to her family, friends, and community. Her talents in crafting were well known and appreciated far and wide. Afghans, sweaters, quilts, and her famous dishrags are treasured by all. In addition to her three sons, she is survived her dearly beloved sister Ruth Barker of Anchorage Alaska and her brother Donald Thieme of Salem Oregon and by 5 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren, She will be deeply missed.
A celebration of Ellen’s life took place at her church the Hilltop Baptist on July 7, 2021. The service was officiated by her friend and pastor Dr. Rob Peterson.
Her cremation services were handled by Newcomer Funeral Home.
The family asks that all donations be sent to the Central Wyoming Hospice, 319 S Wilson St, Casper, Wyoming 82601 www.cwhp.org.
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