Obituaries

Elnora Florence Stotts 1914 - 2009 Hutchinson

Funeral services for Elnora Florence Knehans Stotts, 95, Hutchinson, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church, Hutchinson, with the Rev. Mark Conrad officiating. Graveside services will be at 6 p.m. Saturday at Oakwood Cemetery, Baldwin City. Mrs. Stotts died June 20, 2009, at the Graber House in Mennonite Manor in South Hutchinson.
She was born Jan. 25, 1914, to Gustav William and Amelia Kathrina Knehans at the family homestead near Beemont, Mo. She left home to work in St. Louis and graduated from Dotson High School and then worked for the Missouri Department of Health.
Mrs. Stotts received her bachelor of arts degree from Baker University in 1947 and continued her education at the Methodist National Training School in Kansas City in preparation for foreign missionary service. She attended Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., where she learned Chinese.
She was assigned to work in the Philippines and the First United Church of Baldwin City was her sponsor. She taught at mission schools for five years until her longtime friend, the Rev. Miles H. Stotts, proposed marriage by sending an engagement ring in the mail and asking Bishop Valencia to release her from missionary service to become the wife of a Methodist preacher.
She married the Rev. Stotts on Dec. 5, 1952. The couple served six Methodist churches in Missouri and Kansas until his retirement in 1968. They returned to Baldwin City and Baker University and were active in the First United Methodist Church for 25 years.
Mrs. Stotts was a life-long member of the United Methodist Women and served as president at Baldwin First. In 1993, they moved to Hutchinson to be closer to family.
The Rev. Stotts preceded her in death on Nov. 12, 2002.
She is survived by a son, Miles Hargrove Stotts II, Baldwin City, a daughter, Kathrina Belle (Stotts) Juby, Hutchinson, and five grandchildren, Amy and Sara Stotts and Andrew, Adam and Alex Juby.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home, Hutchinson. A reception for friends and family after Saturday’s graveside services will be at Baker University’s Harter Union. Memorial contributions can be made to the World Missions in care of the First United Methodist Church, Hutchinson. Online condolences can by made at www.penwellgabelhutchinson.com.