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Sherry L. Stites

April 24, 1948 — December 9, 2021

Sherry L. Stites

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Sherry Lea Stites, daughter of Leland & Betty Lucille (Anglin) Hadley, was born April 24th, 1948, at the Hadley Memorial Hospital in Hays, KS. She passed away on December 9th, 2021, at the McPherson Center for Health in McPherson, KS, at the age of 73.

She grew up in Hill City, KS, where she met her life-long partner and attended school, graduating with the Hill City High School Class of 1966. Following graduation, she was united in marriage to Wayne Alson Stites on October 21st, 1967, at the First Assembly of God Church in Hill City, KS. Through that union, they were blessed with four beautiful children, Troy, Tonya, Trisha, and Travis. She dedicated her life to raising her kids. She helped provide for the family with odd jobs here and there, but her most important job was "Mom."

She faced many trials throughout her life, but she never lost her faith in God. She held close to His promises and continued to face her trials head-on. She was stubborn as they came and always fierce in the fight. She battled breast cancer, liver cancer, liver transplant, a large hernia, poor knees, but she continued to press on and live with grace and by faith.

She loved attending her grandkids' sporting events and activities. She enjoyed the many back road cruises, family events, and roundabout trips alongside her best friend and caretaker, her husband. She was not only Mema to her grandkids, but she was Mema to all of their friends as well. She loved when her grandkids came to visit and would bring their friends along. She always made sure the fridge and pantry were stocked full with snacks and drinks for their many visits. She impacted so many lives, which is a testament to how she loved.

She was known for being ornery, always making a friend wherever she went; she never knew a stranger; she made people feel important and let them know that they truly do matter. You could always count on her to be completely honest, even if you didn't want to hear it. She was blessed with a love for others; she could sense their pain and would do anything to help them. Forever a strong, compassionate woman who lived life to the fullest.

She dedicated her life to her kids and her grandkids. They were her pride and joy. She was a pro at sneaking some money in with the famous words "Don't tell Pepa."

She is preceded in death by her parents, her brother Tommy Hadley and her son Troy Stites.

Survivors include her husband Wayne of McPherson, KS; her children, Tonya Keeten & husband Greg of Glade, KS; Trisha Alexander & husband Josh of McPherson, KS; her son Travis Stites & wife Alyssa of Phillipsburg, KS; her sister Kathy & husband David Dechant of Marion, IA; sister-in-law Mildred Hadley of Phillipsburg, KS; 15 grandchildren: Taylor Stucky & husband Sam, T.J., Tyson, Kollette, Kasen, Kagan, Karissa, Jayse, Jayton, Javyn, Jensyn, Jersey, Bella, Briley & Bryson; 2 great-grandchildren: Maverick Stucky and a baby girl Stucky due in March of 2022; as well as many nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Wednesday, December 15, at Stockham Family Funeral Home, McPherson. The funeral service will be held at 10:30 AM, Thursday, December 16, at Countryside Covenant Church, McPherson with Pastor Jon Black officiating. The service will be livestreamed and a link to view the livestream will be on the funeral home’s website closer to service time. A graveside service will be held at 3:30 PM, Thursday, December 16, at the Pleasant View Cemetery, Palco, KS. To view a livestream broadcast of the service, please click on the following link:

Memorial contributions may be given to the Giving Hope Cancer Fund (payable to McPherson County Community Foundation) or The Omega Project in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home, 205 North Chestnut, McPherson, KS 67460. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Sherry L. Stites please visit our Sympathy Store.

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