Lisa S. Bates

Lisa S. Bates, 60, of Parsons passed away early Sunday morning, May 17, 2020, at her home in Parsons.

She was born Sept. 29, 1959, at Oswego to Virginia (Lyon) “Ginger” Wheat. Lisa grew up at Parsons and attended Parsons schools. In 1977, she graduated from Parsons High School, where she was a standout tennis player and a state qualifier in singles and doubles every year.

Lisa lived in Salina, Wichita and Chanute before returning to Parsons in 2001. She worked at Tony’s Pizza in Salina, at the Parsons State Hospital and Training Center and at a furniture manufacturing company in Parsons.

Lisa enjoyed and excelled at playing tennis in her younger years. She especially loved her family and friends and making memories with them. Lisa also attended various churches in Parsons.

She is survived by her two sisters, Kim Tignor and her husband, George, of Andover and Lynette Long of Tulsa; her brother, Brent Wheat and his wife, Pam, of Fairgrove, Missouri; her aunts, Sonya Johnson and her husband, Carl, of Parsons and Ruby Lyon of Andover; five nieces and nephews; many great-nieces and nephews; many cousins; and a special friend, Emily Alvarez of Parsons. 

She was preceded in death by her mother, Virginia (Lyon) “Ginger” Wheat; her maternal grandparents, Eloise and Lloyd Lyon; an uncle, Don Lyon; and an infant aunt, Marjorie Lyon.

The graveside service will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Oakwood Cemetery with Pastor Riley Cartwright officiating. Burial will follow. Friends may go to Carson-Wall Funeral Home at their convenience to sign the register.

Memorials are suggested to Safe Haven Outreach Mission and may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, 112 N. 26th St., P.O. Box 942, Parsons, KS 67357. 

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