Gloria "Kay" (Bates) Tittel

Gloria “Kay” (Bates) Tittel, 82, Osborne, formerly of Pea Ridge, Ark., died Wednesday, August 19, 2020, at Hays Medical Center.

She was born April, 16, 1938, in Osborne to Kenneth and Lola (Conn) Bates.  She was a 1956 graduate of Alton High School. She attended Fort Hays State University, receiving a bachelor’s degree in English then going on to earn her master’s degree.

She married Gary L. Eller on June 10, 1956. She later married Ralph William Tittel on Sept. 7, 1985, in Salina. He preceded her in death. They moved from Salina to Pea Ridge in 2006 where she lived until her recent move to Osborne.

Survivors include a daughter, Lori Bieker and husband, Robert, Hays; three stepdaughters, Jana Charles-Girrens and husband, Tim, Wichita, Jana Methany and husband, Frank, Nakomis, Fla., and Fern Hess and husband, Gary, McPherson; two brother, Paul Bates and wife, Sandy, Bella Vista, ARrk., and Brian Bates and wife, Barbara Creekmore, Pea Ridge; three grandsons, Matthew Eller and wife ,Melissa, Emporia, Devin Legleiter and wife, Mariah and Derek Legleiter, all of Hays; four step-grandsons, Jeremy Bender and wife, Misha, Wichita, Dr. James Voss and wife, Dr. Kristin, Bratenahl, Ohio, Brian Voss and wife ,Jenny, Sabetha and Hunter Hess, Lenexa; three stepgranddaughters, Heidi Martin and husband, Cory, Wichita, Sarah Vanderweide and husband, Mark, Olathe and Meredith Hess, Prairie Village; two great-granddaughters; 16 step great-grandchildren; and and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Jeffry Allen Eller; and a brother, Gary Bates.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in St John Lutheran Cemetery, Russell.

Memorials are suggested to St. Jude’s Hospital or Hospice at HaysMed in care of Brock’s-Keithley Funeral Chapel and Crematory, 2509 Vine, Hays, KS 67601.

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Posted online on August 22, 2020