Rita Mae Stocksen

Rita Mae Stocksen, 89, of Arkansas City, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, at Presbyterian Manor of Arkansas City.

Graveside services are at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, at Rosehill Cemetery in South Haven.

A memorial has been established with Envision, Inc., 610 N. Main St., Wichita, KS 67203. Contributions can be made through Shelley Family Funeral Home of Arkansas City. Online condolences can be made at shelleyfamilyfh.com.

Rita was born April 16, 1930, in Wellington, to Floyd and Tempest (Gile) Winter. She graduated from South Haven High School in 1948. She married Robert Stocksen in March 1948 in Arkansas City. They raised their four children, Robert, Karen, John and Nancy, in South Haven, where Rita remained for 62 years working as a homemaker on the farm. She was member of the Friendly Circle and Ladies Community Club. She also worked for about six years as the desk clerk at the Village Motel.

She was a member of Central Christian Church of Arkansas City. Her hobbies included shopping, gardening, planting flowers, cooking and being outdoors. She enjoyed watching birds and the wildlife.

She was preceded in death her parents; husband, Robert; son, John Stocksen Sr.; granddaughter, Shona Stocksen; sister, Shirley Schrengohst; and two sons-in-law, Gary Gordon and Dean Gutierrez.

Her family includes her children, Robert L. Stocksen Jr. (Gwen), of Overland Park, Karen Gordon, of Wichita, and Nancy Gutierrez, of Arkansas City; her brother-in-law, Joe Schrengohst; her grandchildren, John Stocksen Jr., Regina and Teddy Haas, Sandy and Steve Turney, Tracy and David Thayer, Aimee Stocksen, Carla Lightner, Wes and Jenny Gordon, and Stan and Marjorie Gordon; her great-grandchildren, Amanda Etter, Jacob Stocksen, Cole and Nicole Turney, Lily Haas, and Peyton Lightner; and great-great-grandchildren, Emma May and Oliver Etter.

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