Melinda Lang, 96, Hays, died Tuesday, May 5, 2020, at Via Christi Village.


She was born Oct. 5, 1923, near Ellis to Nick and Lidwina (Kuhn) Geist.


She married Clarence Lang on May 20, 1946, in Victoria, and they celebrated nearly 69 years of marriage before he preceded her in death March 23, 2015. She helped her husband with all the farm chores, including milking the cows, raising chickens, tending to her beautiful flowers and canning vegetables grown in her garden.


She was a member of St. Nicholas of Myra Catholic Church, Daughters of Isabella Circle No. 254, the St. Nicholas Ladies Guild, and was on the Ellis County Election board where she served as Election Chair.


She was an excellent gardener, seamstress, cook, baker, and she enjoyed playing pinochle and shopping for clothes. She was very devout in her faith, was the one her family came to with prayer intentions and she possessed a kind and gentle nature that she shared with everyone she met. She enjoyed her family and friends caring for them and spending time with her grandchildren.


Survivors include three sons, Lloyd Lang and wife, Iris, Victoria, Dennis Lang and wife, Vera, Wichita, and Terry Lang and wife, Ruth, Hays; a daughter, Patty Wolf and husband, Dan, Hays; two sisters, Alice Fisher and husband, Cyril, Hays, and Albertina Rohleder and husband, Val, Abilene; 13 grandchildren, John Lang and wife, Stacey, Greg Lang and wife, LaNae, Mark Lang and wife, Amanda, Gwen Hodges and husband, Daniel, Kevin Lang and wife, Tasha, Jeff Lang and wife, Rachel, Cliff Lang and wife, Cassie, Brandon Lang and wife, Phuong, Brittany Lang, Brock Lang and wife, Megan, Jenna Lang and Matt Cunningham, Scott Wolf and Kelly Douglass, and Brad Wolf and wife, Kristin, and 25 great-grandchildren.


She was preceded in death by her parents; two infant sons, Donald and Terrence Lang; a brother, Alfred Geist; two sisters, Irene Windholz and Alberta Pfannenstiel; and two great-grandchildren, Bennett Wolf and Katie Lang.


Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Nicholas of Myra Catholic Church; burial in St. Fidelis Cemetery, Victoria.


Memorials are suggested to Thomas More Prep-Marian High School or St. Nicholas of Myra Church Building Fund, in care of Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine, Hays, KS 67601.


Condolences can be sent to family at www.haysmemorial.com