Marjorie J. Kite, 91, rural South Whitley, died at 5 a.m. Thursday, July 26, 2018 at Lutheran Hospital Fort Wayne, where she was admitted on Wednesday.
She was born April 15,1927, in Gary, daughter of the late Edwin Scott and Blanch L. (Ulmer) Scott. She began her schooling in New Orleans, La., and then attended 10 schools in 10 different states through fifth grade. The family then located to South Whitley, where she graduated from South Whitley High School. She then attended the Electronics Television Institute in Omaha, Neb.
On Oct. 11, 1947, she was united in marriage to Paul E. Kite. They made their home in South Whitley. Later they moved to rural South Whitley. Mr. Kite died Nov. 7, 1994.
In the early 1960s, she managed the Tall Shop, Fort Wayne. Later she worked for Heckman Bindery, North Manchester.
She enjoyed traveling with her husband and visited 49 of the 50 states. One of their favorite spots was Hot Springs, Ark., where they visited for 20 years and took the mineral bath. After her husband’s death, she and her sister traveled abroad, visiting England, Ireland, Wales, Australia and New Zealand. Other trips she took included Antarctica, Iceland, the Hawaiian Islands and Bahamas.
The greatest gift she gave to herself was a private pilot’s license. She loved to fly and flew small single engine airplanes for 12 years. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) for 51 years and a past Regent. Her interests in genealogy led her to trace the Kite family history back to the 1500s. She was a member of Collamer Church of God.
She is survived by her three children: Mark E. (Peggy) Kite, Uniondale; Michael L.(Jacqueline) Kite, Spotsylvania, Va.; and Marianne (Jim) Geis, Aladdin, Wyo.; two grandchildren: Nicole (Chris) Melching, Los Altos, Calif.; and Joe (Kristen) Kite, Monroeville; four step-grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a great-great grandson; and a sister: Virginia (Bill) Brown, Fort Wayne.
She was preceded in death by a sister: Evelyn “Scotty” Kneller.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Collamer Church of God, 8850 W St Rd 14, South Whitley. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until the service at the church. There will be a private burial at South Whitley Cemetery.
Arrangements were entrusted to Smith & Sons Miller Chapel.
Memorials are to Collamer Church of God.