Anna Arvada (Hite) Stotts


Anna Arvada (Hite) Stotts, 87, of Franklin, passed away Tuesday, March 22, 2016.

She was born May 30, 1928, in Plymouth to the late Onis and Ruth (Gantz) Hite.

Anna was a graduate of University of Indianapolis, formerly known as Indiana Central College, with a bachelor’s degree in education. Anna majored in piano and was part of a singing trio with Barbara Hotz and Trudy Fields.

Anna was married on Dec. 24, 1950, in Plymouth to Charles H. Stotts of Paris, Illinois. They celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on Dec. 24, 2015, surrounded by their daughters, grandsons and four of their great-grandchildren.

Anna taught music in the Mooresville school system until moving to Indianapolis, where she taught music at IPS school No. 41. After that, Anna stayed home for 13 years raising the three children they adopted. Anna returned to work first in the library of the University of Indianapolis, then as the secretary to the dean of students. Anna then became the secretary at University Heights United Methodist church and, after retiring, cared for her grandsons when they were young.

Anna is survived by her husband, Charles H. Stotts; daughters, Elizabeth (Beth) Stotts and Sara (Stotts) Slinker; grandchildren, Amanda Mattick (Nick) Fortner, Matthew (Ashley) Slinker and Nathan (Haley) Slinker. She also is survived by eight great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and -nephews.

Anna was preceded in death by her parents; her three sisters, Agnes Snyder and Carol McFarlin, and Margaret Hite — who passed away in her early 20s due to cystic fibrosis. Anna also was preceded in death by her son, Greg.

Celebration of life services for Anna will be Saturday in the Chapel at the Wesley Center of the Franklin United Methodist Community, 1070 W. Jefferson St., Franklin. Calling will be from noon until the time of a service at 2 p.m. in the chapel. A family dinner will follow at Grace United Methodist Church, 1300 Adams St.

Memorial gifts can be made to the Franklin United Methodist Community, Grace United Methodist Church or Kindred at Home Hospice.