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Joan Dolores Leis

7/13/2014

Joan Dolores Leis, 93, Hays, died Friday, July 11, 2014, at Hays Medical Center.

She was born June 26, 1921, in Cedar Vale to Edward Leo and Hazel Marie (Oliver) Prichard. She was a graduate of Cathedral Grade School and High School in Wichita, and the St. Francis School of Nursing.

She married Anthony A. Leis in Wichita on July 14, 1947. He preceded her in death March 24, 1989. She was a registered nurse in the U.S. Navy and was a hospital and private duty nurse.

She was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, St. Mary's prayer group; and was active in each church parish she belonged to, serving in committees and doing volunteer work. She lived in Colorado and Arizona before moving back to Kansas in 2007.

Survivors include a son, Dan Leis and wife, Vali, Hays; a daughter, Sister Rebecca Leis, O.S.B., Clyde, Mo.; four grandchildren, Brandon Leis and wife, Betsy, Orlando, Erin Gibson and husband, Josh, Hays, Matthe Leis and wife, Bianca, Greenwood, Mo., and Nicholas Leis, Hays; and six great-grandchildren, Zachary, Noah, Isabelle and Ethan Gibson, all of Hays, and Hayden and Taylor Leis, Orlando.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Mark Andrew Leis; brothers Edward, JP, Rev. Anthony, Brother Leo O.S.B, and Bob Prichard; and a sister, Mary A. Odom.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Hays. Inurnment will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at St. Mary's Cemetery in Aleppo.

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Tuesday at Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home.

An Epworth Towers prayer group rosary will be at 6 p.m. Monday followed by a parish vigil service at 6:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Hays Catholic Schools or to the Comeau Catholic Campus Center, in care of the funeral home.

Condolences can be left for the family at www.haysmemorial.com.