Dolores Anne Eilts, 80, Hays, died Wednesday, June 1, 2016, at her home.
She was born Nov. 13, 1935, in Russell to Clarence E. and Nellie V. (Fry) Laizure. She was a 1953 graduate of Hays High School, attended Fort Hays State University and graduated from Brown Mackie College in Salina in 1978.
She married Ray Louis Eilts on Oct. 1, 1966, in Plainville. She was a legal secretary and then a freelance certified court reporter (CSR).
She was a member of the Kansas Court Reporters Association.
She enjoyed gardening, tending to her flowers, music, playing the oboe and piano, and her dogs. She enjoyed reading, family gatherings and a good party.
Survivors include her husband, Hays, two sons, Mark R. Eilts and wife, Chris, and Keith E. Eilts and wife, Renee, all of Hays; a daughter, Kathy J. Mitchell, Hays; two stepsons, Leo D. Eilts and wife, Rose, Kansas City, Kan., and Roger L. Eilts and wife, Deidre, Prairie Village; a stepdaughter, Rayleen B. Hufford and husband, Dennis, San Antonio; three sisters, Jeane Carole Smith and husband, Don, Manhattan, Bette June Fiero, Niantic, Conn., and Karen Louise Frydendall and husband, Merrill, North Mankato, Minn.; 13 grandchildren, David Mitchell and wife, Amy, Orlando, Fla., Kyle Eilts and wife, Angela, Lee’s Summit, Mo., Phillip L. Mitchell and wife, Lauren, Lawrence, Natalie Moore and husband, Jerry, Wichita, Elise Eilts-Blas and husband, Drew, Topeka, Stephanie Brewster and husband, Brandon, Olathe, Rachel Eilts-Bogert and husband, Nate, Kansas City, Mo., Mariah Messer and husband, Pete, Minneapolis, Minn., Aden Eilts and wife, Joyce, Kansas City, Kan., Jesse Hufford and wife, Karyl, Fort Lewis, Wash., Justin Hufford and wife, Catherine, San Antonio, Jay David Hufford and wife, Tricia, Austin, Texas, and Juleen Sanftner and husband, Roger, San Antonio; 15 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Ruth Elaine Braly and Marjorie Mae Dreher; a brother, Clarence James Laizure; and a son-in-law, Gerald E. Mitchell.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine, Hays, KS 67601; inurnment will be at 11 a.m. Monday in Kansas Veterans Cemetery, WaKeeney.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. until time of service Saturday, both at the funeral home.
Memorials are suggested to Humane Society of the High Plains or Boy Scouts Troop No. 101 in care of the funeral home.
Condolences can be sent to the family at www.haysmemorial.com.