Obituary of Frances M. Pruitt

Frances Marie Pruitt, age 83, a resident of Ft. Scott, Kansas, passed away Monday, November 4, 2019, at her home.

She was born August 29, 1936, in Fulton, Kansas, the daughter of James Henry White and Beulah Marie Snider White.  She graduated from the Ft. Scott High School with the Class of 1954.  Following high school, Frances worked for the Western Insurance Company and later for Citizen’s Bank.

She married Gary David Pruitt on October 27, 1956, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Fulton.  Frances was a devoted wife and mother.  She worked hard to provide for her family’s needs.  She enjoyed sewing and made many of her children’s clothes.  In addition to raising her children, Frances also worked as a cook at various schools and sold Avon for over forty years.  She also liked to crochet, knit, and cross-stitch.  She attended the Fulton United Methodist Church.


Survivors include her seven children, Urvy Pruitt and wife, Linda, of Ft. Scott, Roger Pruitt and wife, Nancy, of Fulton, Brenda Foerschler and husband, Jerry, of Harrisonville, Missouri, Ronnie Pruitt and wife, Barb, of Hume, Missouri, Connie Johnston, and husband, Bill, of Kincaid, Kansas, Terry Pruitt and wife, Tammy, of Ft. Scott and Sherry Yarick and husband, Mariott, of Hume, Missouri.  Also surviving are nineteen grandchildren and thirty-seven great-grandchildren with three more on the way and numerous nieces and nephews.

Her husband, Gary, preceded her in death on May 15, 1988.  She was also preceded in death by her parents and a grandson.


Rev. Chuck Russell will conduct funeral services at 10:00 A.M. Saturday, November 9th at the Cheney Witt Chapel.

Burial will follow in the St. Michael’s Cemetery at Fulton.  The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 P.M. Friday at the Cheney Witt Chapel.

Memorials are suggested to Care to Share and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 347, Ft. Scott, KS 66701.  Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at

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