Frances Kay (Criss) Clevenger, 78, Ottawa: Aug. 8, 1942 – Sept. 14, 2020 – Osage County Online | Osage County News

Frances Kay (Criss) Clevenger, 78, Ottawa: Aug. 8, 1942 – Sept. 14, 2020

OTTAWA, Kan. – Frances Kay (Criss) Clevenger, 78, of Ottawa, Kan., passed away Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, at Brookside Manor, Overbrook, Kan. She was born Aug. 8, 1942, in Ottawa, the daughter of Kenneth Raymond and Dorothy Jane (Evertson) Criss.

She graduated from Melvern High School in 1960.

Kay worked in her early years as a hairdresser, then worked as a seamstress at H.D. Lee’s, in Ottawa, for more than 20 years. ​Later in life, she enjoyed a second career as a secretary for 20 years for the ​Kansas​ State Parole Office, Olathe, Kan.

Kay was a member of the Local No. 344 United Garment Workers Union, the American Quarter Horse Association, the American Cutting Horse Association, and the Pomona United Methodist Church. She enjoyed the outdoors, most particularly fishing and riding horses. She was known as the “The Cookie Lady” for her much appreciated baking skills.

Kay married George “Gene” Cates on June 10, 1961, in Melvern, Kan. They later divorced. To this union they shared three children, Ray, Terri and Bryon.

On Oct. 8, 1988, Kay married Donald K. Clevenger in Ottawa. They shared nearly 22 years of marriage before Don passed away Feb. 1, 2010.

Kay was also preceded in death by her parents, Kenneth and Dorothy; a sister and brother-in-law, Jane and Vernon Weimer; and a stepson, Greg Clevenger.

Kay is survived by her three children, Ray Cates (Samra), of Overland Park, Kan., Terri Hook (Rex), Ottawa, and Bryon Cates (LaVon), Pomona, Kan.; two stepchildren, Valorie Turpin (Kent), Lamar, Colo., and Stacy Willhaite (David), Peculiar, Mo.; a brother, Bob Criss, Melvern; a sister, Wilma Crabtree (Steve), Topeka, Kan.; six grandchildren, Laura Bassi (Juan), Garrett Cates, Ethan Cates, Sarah Geiss (John), Cody Cates (Rebecca), and Jessica Durbin (Andrew); four step-grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren, Jayden and Bristol Geiss.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, at Feltner Funeral Chapel, Lyndon, Kan. Burial will follow at the Woodlawn Cemetery, Pomona. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, at Feltner Funeral Chapel.

Memorial contributions can be made payable to Prairie Paws in Ottawa, or Franklin County 4-H Horse Club, and sent in care of Feltner Funeral Home, 818 Topeka Ave., Lyndon, KS 66451. Condolences can be left at

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