Kathryn Louise Aldis, a former resident of Fort Scott died Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Mission, KS.
She was born April 17, 1923, the daughter of Winfield Scott Martin and Louise Kathryn (Gimple) Martin on a farm near Pratt, KS. Growing up she was an active 4-H member, winning a blue ribbon on her oatmeal-raisin cookies at the State Fair in Hutchinson, KS. She graduated from Pratt High School in 1941, and from the University of Kansas Medical Center in 1945 as a registered nurse.
She married William Aldis, February 16, 1944, in Kansas City, MO. They celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary 2 months before Dr. William’s death, April 17, 2010.
Kathryn and William raised two sons, Stephen Aldis and James Aldis, and she enjoyed all their sports and debate activities. She maintained an active role in the lives of her children by serving as room mother and scout leader for both of her boys. Kathryn was a dedicated, loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother whose family was her priority. She unconditionally loved her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren and it gave her great joy to spend time with them. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the light of her life, and being an active and involved grandmother and great-grandmother gave her the greatest happiness in her life.
Kathryn and William loved to travel. They had the opportunity to travel around the world. They were able to visit Hawaii, Hong Kong, Singapore, India, Nepal, France, Italy, and England. In 1971, Kathryn and her husband Dr. William volunteered 2 months of service in Vietnam caring for the civilian population.
Kathryn was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Fort Scott and the Miriam Circle. Kathryn was a member of PEO, Chapter FU for over 50 years and was a past president. She was co-chairman of Mercy Hospital Auxiliary Social Committee for many years. She was a member of Pierian Beta Club. She loved traveling, cooking and gardening. Her flowers were always a delight to see on the corner of 12th and Crawford Street.
After Dr. William’s retirement, they enjoyed traveling with their camper across the country, often accompanied by their grandchildren. Kathryn and her husband enjoyed playing cards and participating in potlucks with longtime friends.
Survivors include her granddaughter Anne Williams and great-granddaughter Brooke Williams of Phoenix, AZ, her grandson Ryan Aldis and his wife Amanda Aldis and great-grandchildren, Nora, Asher and Corbin Aldis of Fairway, KS, her daughter-in-law Katie Aldis of Denton, TX, and grandson Keith Aldis of Dallas, TX.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. William Aldis, sons Stephen Aldis and James Aldis, and four brothers Elmore Martin, Roy Martin, Merle Martin and Claude Martin.
Pastor Andrew Conard will conduct funeral services at 1:30 pm on Saturday, June 23, 2018, in the Cheney Witt Chapel in Fort Scott, KS
Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 1:00 until service time at the funeral home.
Memorials are suggested to the Fort Scott Community College – Kathryn and William Aldis Scholarship Fund or to the First United Methodist Church of Fort Scott and may be sent to Cheney Witt, 201 S. Main, Fort Scott, KS 66701.