She was born on Aug. 24, 1926, in Vernon County, Mo., to James Lawrence and Alice (Mullen) Titus. As a young girl, she grew up on a farm near Bronaugh, where she attended Belmont Grade School and was a 1944 graduate of Liberal High School.
After graduation, she moved to Parsons, where she worked for her Aunt Mary and Uncle John Lakin at Lakin’s Furniture Store.
On Dec. 9, 1945, she married Hilary Alonzo Newton at St. Patrick’s rectory in Parsons. Following marriage, the couple made their home in Parsons. He preceded her in death on April 28, 1976.
Through the years, she worked at Fred Ronald Manufacturing Co. and in January of 1968 began employment at the Kansas Army Ammunition Plant, where she worked until retiring in September 1991.
She was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and its Altar Society. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, sewing and quilting.
Survivors include two daughters, Donna Naasz and her husband, Edward, of Wichita and Mildred Simon and her husband, Jim, of Erie; two grandchildren, Amanda Vandervoort and her husband, Steve, and Michael Lackey; four great-grandchildren, Zachary Vandervoort, Michaela Vandervoort, Isabelle Lackey and Corbin Lackey; two stepgrandchildren; four stepgreat-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Bobbie Titus; an infant sister; a half-brother, James Dial; and a great-niece, Lori Snyder.
The funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Parsons. Burial will be at St. Francis Cemetery in St. Paul. The rosary will be prayed at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons, where the family will receive friends immediately following the rosary.
Memorials are suggested to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church or Disabled American Veterans and may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, 67357.
Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com.