Alice Luma


January 23, 2010 - 12:00 AM

Alice L. (Willitts) Luma,  89, of Le Roy died Thursday, Jan. 21, 2010, at the home of her daughter near Le Roy.

She was born April 29, 1920, in Van Wert, Ohio, the daughter of the Rev. Jesse and Jolia Pearl (Hummel) Hunter. She spent most of her early life in Jackson, Mich., and graduated from East Jackson High School.

On Oct. 24, 1936, she and Walter Wayne Willitts were married in Angolia, Ind. They made their home in Jackson until 1942 when they moved to a farm near Clayton, Mich. She was a homemaker and a farm wife. Her husband died in 1963. 

On Nov. 18, 1967, she and Philip Luma were married in Clayton. They lived on a farm near Hudson, Mich. He died in 1988. She moved to Le Roy to be close to her family and in 2004 she moved to The Meadows retirement center in Burlington. She later became a resident of Life Care Center in Burlington until moving to her daughter Judy’s home recently. She was a member of United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women in Le Roy.

She is survived by a son, Norman “John” Willitts, Chanute; two daughters, Nancy Hutton and her husband, Robert, Prairie Village, and Judy Meats and her husband, Gary, Le Roy; a stepdaughter, Vicki Ladd, Hillsdale, Mich.; a stepson, Joe Luma and his wife, Chris, Friday Harbor, Wash.; 13 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.

A son, Douglas Willitts, died in 2000; two sisters, Thelma Moats and Helen Hanson, and a brother, Floyd “Bud” Hunter, also died earlier.

Family and friends will gather for visitation and services at 2:00 p.m. Sunday at Jones Funeral Home in Burlington. Cremation is planned. Inurnment will be in North Dover Cemetery in Clayton.

Memorials to Le Roy United Methodist Church may be sent in care of Jones Funeral Home, P.O. Box 277, Burlington, Kan. 66839