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Doris Witthuhn

July 9, 1931 ~ November 11, 2018 (age 87)

Doris Witthuhn, age 87, of Hays, Kansas died Sunday, November 11, 2018, at Hays Medical Center, Hays, Kansas.

She was born July 9, 1931, in rural Rush County, Kansas to Jerry S. and Edna Mae (West) Liggett.  She married William A. “Bill” Witthuhn on September 2, 1952 at Bazine, Kansas. He preceded her in death on May 10, 2018.

She was a homemaker.  Doris and her husband, Bill were co-owners with her brother-in-law and sister-in-law of Hen House Ceramics in Hays.  She moved to Hays in 1987, having lived in Fort Worth, TX, Great Bend and in Wichita where she and her husband owned Sunflower Ceramics for about 5 years.

She grew up in Rush County and was a 1948 graduate of LaCrosse High School.  She was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church and a volunteer at the Hays Medical Center Gift Shop.  Doris enjoyed flower gardening, crafts, painting, playing cards and collecting Santa’s.

 Survivors include two sons, Richard J. Witthuhn and wife, Traci, Cape Fair, MO; Donnie L. Witthuhn, Wichita, KS; one daughter, Jeannie Wideman and husband, Roy, Hays, KS; one brother, John Liggett and wife, Rita, Rush Center, KS; one sister, Judy McCoy, Overland Park, KS; one sister-in-law, Elaine Witthuhn, Hays, KS; four grandchildren, Brent (Mandy) Witthuhn; Crystal (Isaac) Perez; Jennifer (Mark) Adams; Tim (Paige) Wideman; ten great grandchildren; and many nephews and nieces.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Bill; two brothers, Donnie Liggett and Duane “Jake” Liggett; one sister, Sharon Mendenhall and husband, Jack; one brother-in-law, Lester “Booger” Witthuhn; one infant brother and one infant sister, Vernon Leroy Liggett and Lorna Mae Liggett.    

Services are at 11:00 A.M., Thursday, November 15, 2018, at Cline’s-Keithley Mortuary of Hays, 1919 E. 22nd  Street, Hays, Kansas 67601. A private family inurnment will be at the Bazine Cemetery, Bazine, Kansas at a later date.

Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. on Wednesday and from 10:00 to 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, at Cline’s-Keithley Mortuary of Hays.

The family suggests memorials to Messiah Lutheran Church.

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