By The Mercury

Lynne Ann (Urie) Stitz died NovEMBER 5 at the Good Shepherd Hospice House after a recent diagnosis of cancer.

The family provided some of the following information.

Lynne was raised in Rock Island, Ill. She was the daughter of Margaret and Howard Urie. She graduated from Creighton University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in social work and was employed by Special Services for the Department of the Army in Grafenwoehr, Germany, where she met and married her husband of 50 years, Stan Stitz. Stan and Lynne moved to Manhattan in 1971, where she volunteered in many organizations, including the PTA at Marlatt Elementary School and Head Start. Lynne was one of the founders of the Memorial Hospital’s Pumpkin Patch and served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Sunflower CASA Project.

After completing her master’s degree in social work from the University of Kansas, Lynne became director of Social Services at Memorial Hospital and continued to be employed as a social worker in the rehabilitation department at Memorial and then Mercy Regional Health Center for 27 years until her retirement in September. Through her work at the hospital, and with the CASA, Lynne touched countless patients and families with her empathy and caring support.

Lynne was an avid tennis player and spent many happy hours playing tennis with her friends at the Cottonwood Racquet Club as well as watching tennis on television. She was an equally avid bridge player and enjoyed weekly bridge games with close friends until just a few weeks before her passing. She stayed active, participating in water aerobics, and thoroughly loved being outdoors, where she frequently gardened and walked.

Lynne will be missed dearly by her husband, Stan, of Manhattan; and daughter, Jenny, and grandson, Jake, of Mill Valley, Calif. She is also survived by her brother, Steven Urie, of Truckee, Calif.; brother, Michael Urie, of Reno, Nev.; sister, Gail Nimrick, of East Moline, Ill.; and two beloved aunts, Jeanne Price and Dorothy Stoker of Colorado, along with all of their families.

A private family ceremony will be at a later date. Anyone wishing to honor Lynne’s memory may make a contribution to either the Sunflower CASA Project ( or the Manhattan Homecare and Hospice Center (

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