Althea M. (Colton) Pellant, 87, of Russell Kansas, passed away Thursday morning, September 17, 2020 at Wheatland Nursing Center in Russell, Kansas.
Althea was born October 1, 1932, to Victor and Florence (Bellows) Colton, in Delphos, Kansas. Althea was united in marriage to John E. Pellant, of Aurora Kansas on December 29, 1951. This union was blessed with five children; Mike, Doug, Sonia, Denise and Mark.
Althea’s early years were spent in Delphos. In 1945 the family moved to a farm in the Lamar neighborhood. Althea went to 7th and 8th grade at the Fairview rural school. She graduated from Miltonvale Rural High School in May of 1951. After her marriage in December, she and John lived in Concordia. Later they moved to Hays where John went to college. After his graduation, he had teaching jobs in Morrowville and Miltonvale, and then in 1961 he accepted a teaching position in Russell. Althea was a devoted wife and homemaker while her children were growing up. After her children were in school, Althea went to work at the Travenol Pharmaceutical Company in Hays, Kansas. Althea was a long time member of the Otterbein Methodist Church in Russell. She enjoyed visiting the residents in the nursing homes and in their own homes and helped them out. She loved taking pictures of family and friends and we always received homemade cards for all occasions. She was always excited to see her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and take pictures. Althea and her four sisters were able to get together often, after their children were grown up. They enjoyed being together to travel, take pictures, and enjoy this great state and others.
Surviving family include: her husband, John, sons, Mike Pellant (Sue) of Eagle, Idaho, Doug Pellant (Michele) of Russell, and Mark Pellant, of Russell, her daughter’s, Sonia Mendenhall (Randy), of Liberal, Kansas and Denise Schultz (Scott), of Russell. 8 grand children, Angela (Pellant) Latham (Rick), Josh Pellant (Jessie), Jake Pellant, Dustin Ehrlich (Katie), Tyler Ehrlich (Jessica), Colton Pellant, Bekki (Mendenhall) Fowler and Scott Mendenhall (Jessie) and 13 great grandchildren and one sister Doris (Colton) Turner (Doyle) and many nieces, nephews and friends. Preceding her in death were her parents, Victor and Florence Colton, brothers, Carroll, Jim, Lawrence, Max, Ivan, Byron Colton and three sisters, Audrey Scott, Bernita Lippe and Margaret Louthan. A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:30 AM, Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary. Burial will follow at the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Russell. Visitation will be held at 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary. Memorials have been established with Otterbein United Methodist Church or Wheatland Nursing Center. Contributions and condolences may be sent to Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary, who is in charge of these arrangements.