Lita Jeannine (Scoby) Pfeifer

Our foundation, our strength, our wisdom, our mother; Lita Jeannine (Scoby) Pfeifer, 87, passed away November 20, 2019 from influenza at Capital Medical Center in Olympia, Washington, after a brave and courageous battle with lung cancer and COPD.

Mom was born October 19, 1932, in St. Francis, Kansas to Lyle and Twila Scoby. She lost her parents at a young age and was raised by her grandparents, Henry and Lucinda Schaefer. In her early years, the family moved to Utica, Kansas and then later to Hays, Kansas, where she went to high school, attended Fort Hays State University, met and married her first love and our father, Callistus M. Pfeifer. Together they raised eight children. Mom owned and operated the House of Color and sold real estate in Hays, until she moved to Olympia in 1989, where she lived until her passing.

Along with her parents and grandparents, Mom was preceded in death by our father, Callistus M. Pfeifer; her sister, Connie Balzerick; and brother-in-law, Bob Balzerick.

Mom will be greatly missed by her children, Linda (Bill) Hall, Rhonda (Bill) Stowe, Diana (Rich) Sanders, Sharon (Steve) Brackney, Lance (Thea) Pfeifer, Lori (Michael) Chiechi, Lisa (Paul) McLain, and DeAun Pfeifer; grandchildren, Courtney (Wendy) Hall, Brian (Julee) Hall, Cole (Julie) Sanders, Lane Sanders, Jessica (Nate) Turner, Stacey (Lindsey) Binder, Lindsay Binder, Jordona (Thomas) Pfeifer, Tessa (Greg) Pfeifer, Mackenzie Pfeifer, Elijah Pfeifer, Emily Chiechi, Anna Payne, Graden Payne, Madison Stanley, Kaiden Skinner and Myles Pfeifer; and great-grandchildren, Apollonia Hall, Sutton Hall and Calder Hall. Mom is also survived by her brother, Richard (Ronda) Scoby; and niece, Robbie (Randy) Rotschafer.

Mom's passion for life was all consuming. She loved family gatherings, warm sunshine, the smell of fresh cut grass, and BBQ's. She loved a good glass of wine, martinis on special occasions,’50s music, crossword puzzles, and was always, always up for a good game of poker!

Mom's contagious laugh while telling a joke or story, her sound advice to anyone in need, her sharp as a tack mind and memory, and her unwavering, unconditional love will forever be missed, but will forever be carried in the hearts and memories of all who knew and loved her.

A mass at St. Joseph's Church in Hays will be held June 20, at 10:00 a.m. Inurnment will follow at the Victoria Cemetery. Afterwards, the family will host a celebration of life gathering at Gella's restaurant in Hays from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Showdown Mom... you have the last deal!

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