Kathryn Virginia Titus-Elliott, a bright star to all who loved her, left us on Saturday, January 6, 2018. She died at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland after a long hard fight.
Kat, Kitty or Mema, as her family called her, was born on February 26, 1940 in Inverness, Mississippi to Clifford Cagle and Rosa (Williams) Cagle. She attended school in Goodwill, Louisiana in her early years and was one of the few who contracted polio in Louisiana in the 1950’s. Fortunately, she was largely unaffected, although she spent several weeks in a hospital in Alexandria, LA. She left Louisiana for California and later moved to Grandview to join her parents and siblings who had moved there. Kathryn married Robert E. Titus and she traveled with him around the country while he worked as a boilermaker. In the early 1960’s, she attended beauty school in Spokane. After returning to Grandview, she started her own business, Sahara Beauty Salon and became a successful businesswoman in the community. Many happy memories find her there singing, laughing and making her clients beautiful. She later attended Yakima Valley College in pursuit of a degree in Addiction Counseling for youths. After working at The Promises in Moxee for a time, she found it too sad. Kat married Clyde Leroy Elliott on January 31, 1980. She obtained a CDL license and in October of 1989 she and Leroy went on the road together driving across the country while working for JB Hunt until retiring. In the last few years, she enjoyed being a homemaker and spending time with her family.
Kat was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She enjoyed sewing clothing for her daughter and loved cooking and baking especially during the holidays. Spring was her favorite time of year and she enjoyed collecting cookbooks and buttons. She was a member of Friendship Baptist Church, Eastern Star Order of Amaranth.
She is survived by her loving husband of thirty-seven years, Clyde Leroy Elliott; her devoted loving daughter and son-in-law, Denice (John) Titus-Runyon; three devoted grandchildren, Shon, Nicholas and Kaitlin Runyon all of Grandview; step-children, Clyde (Jane) Elliott of Grandview and Susan Elliot of Sunnyside; and several step-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters, Janie Green of Prosser and Sarah (Ron) Tuttle of Virginia; her brother, David (Kathy) Cagle of Moses Lake; and many nieces and nephews who adored her, Charlotte Green Erz, Shelley Green, Geoff (Laurie) Green all of the Tri-Cities, Bill Green of Grandview, Tammy Tuttle Pangle and Randall Tuttle in Virginia, Alison Cagle (Ryan) Savage of Prosser and Damon (Nicole) Cagle of Seattle. Everyone is heartbroken as she leaves us but we find solace in knowing she’s in the arms of angels.
She was preceded in death by her parents; step-son, Tim Elliott; brother-in-law, Billy Green; and her first husband, Robert Earl Titus.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, January 14th from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Prosser Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, January 15th at Friendship Baptist Church in Prosser. Memorial contributions may be made to Heartlinks Hospice. You may leave a message for the family at www.Prosserfuneralhome.com