In memory of

Trellis Kitt

December 23, 1938 - September 15, 2023
From: Sac City, IA
Trellis Kitt

Trellis Kitt

Born: December 23, 1938
Died: September 15, 2023
Age: 84
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   Trellis Kitt, age 84 of Sac City, IA, passed away on Friday, September 15, 2023, at Accura HealthCare of Lake City, surrounded by her family.
   Trellis Cloene Clinton was born on December 23, 1938, to parents Lyle and Edith (Ellis) Clinton at St. Anthony Hospital in Carroll, IA. The family lived in Denison, IA, at the time but moved several times throughout her childhood.
On August 10, 1957, Trellis married the love of her life, Cleo Kitt, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Early, IA. The couple lived in Early for two years before purchasing a farm in Douglas Township in Sac County where they would live and farm for forty-eight years. Trellis and Cleo also owned a cabin on the lake in Lake View, IA. They spent many summers there with their kids and made so many wonderful, lasting memories. They moved to town in 2002 after retiring. Shortly after, they bought a house on the lake in Spirit Lake, IA. They held many family gatherings in the summer there; it was a place everyone enjoyed visiting. In 2015, they sold their lake house and became full-time Sac City residents once again.
   Trellis was a very talented individual. She grew up being a member of 4-H and then served as a 4-H leader during the time her children participated. She owned and operated Crafters Cottage, an old farm house north of Sac City that she and Cleo remodeled for her business. Trellis taught many crafting and painting classes out of that place during the time she had it open. She taught macramé and toll painting, and loved to knit and crochet. Trellis was an amazing seamstress and quilter. She made numerous quilts for family members throughout her lifetime. Later, she would work as a sales associate mostly on the road, for Craft World. She held this position for several years.
   She wasn’t afraid of a little hard work and didn’t mind getting her hands dirty. She was right alongside Cleo doing farm chores, caring for livestock, and helping in the field. She always had a large garden which meant a lot of canning every Fall and she was an amazing cook. Trellis always looked forward to cooking and baking for large family gatherings, holidays, birthdays, etc. which were usually held at their home. She treasured family time.
Trellis served as the St. Mary’s Guild President for many years and also taught CCD. Her faith was deep and that was evident.  She was always very involved with the church.
   Sadly, about fourteen years ago, Trellis started showing signs of dementia. While this is such a tough disease for loved ones to navigate, Cleo remained by her side as her caregiver. Rest assured, she is now in God’s beautiful paradise, the Trellis everyone knew and loved. She is now free of pain and any heartbreak she endured as she suffered from such a disease. She will be remembered as an amazing wife, mother and grandmother, who adored her whole family and cherished every moment she got to spend with them.
   Trellis leaves behind her husband, Cleo Kitt of Sac City, IA; children Kraig (Sandy) Kitt of Denison, IA, Kris (Keith) Babcock of Lake View, IA, and Kevin (Julie) Kitt of Wall Lake, IA; grandchildren: Terra (Matt) Winey, Brandan (Amy) Kitt, Andrea (Jamie) Uren, Adam (Sarah) Babcock, Kyle (Hope) Babcock; Sami (Nathan) Neville, Matt (Morgan) Birt, Christopher (Grace) Conderino, Rachel Conderino, Kaleb Kitt, and Katie Kitt; great-grandchildren: Willa, Maren, and Rowan Kitt, Morgan and Maddex Winey, Dalton and Aubrey Uren, Brighton, Viola, and Ruby Babcock, Jaxin, Bennett, and Wyitt Neville, Aiden and Poppy Birt; sisters Jolene Clinton Helms of Sac City, IA, Kate (Doug) Duncan of Spencer, IA, and Mary (Dave) Suchorski of Ankeny, IA; brothers-in-law Ray (Diane) Kitt of Dedham, IA, and Jim (Aggie) Kitt of Dedham, IA; sisters-in-law Arlene Sisam of TN, Norma Krause of Carroll, IA, and Elvira Kitt of Templeton, IA; many nieces, nephews, other extended family members and friends.
   She was preceded in death by her parents, Lyle and Edith Clinton; great-granddaughter Mya Winey; infant sister Karen Clinton; brother Bill Clinton; sister Michelle Clinton; parents-in-law John and Teckla Kitt; brothers-in-law Dave Sisam, Frank Krause, and John Kitt, Jr.; and sister-in-law Bernice (Bill) McCarville.
Tribute Video
Memorial Mass of Christian Burial
10:30 a.m., Thursday
September 21, 2023
St. Mary's Catholic Church
Sac City, Iowa
Father Joe Dillinger
Deacon Butch Stone
9:00-10:30 a.m., Thursday
September 21, 2023
St. Mary's Catholic Church
Sac City, Iowa
Oakland Cemetery
Sac City, Iowa


Thursday, September 21, 2023 at 8:19 AM
“Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. I remember visiting the Crafters Cottage often with Grandma Mills and my mom Mignon Strain. Trellis was always so kind and a very skilled and talented artist. Prayers of comfort and healing to you and your family. ~Allison Strain and Strain Family”
- Strain Family
Tuesday, September 19, 2023 at 9:02 AM
“My prayers for your family. You taught me how to latch hook, thank you.”
- Shelly Quail
Monday, September 18, 2023 at 3:11 PM
“My sincere sympathy. I sure enjoyed Trell and was thankful for her friendship with mom. May God wrap you in his loving arms and give you peace.”
- Robin Nieland
Monday, September 18, 2023 at 11:22 AM
“Sorry for your lose ”
- Dennis and Jean. Duncan
Monday, September 18, 2023 at 9:12 AM
“I'm sorry for your family's loss. Trellis was a beautiful lady. My she rest in peace. ”
- Sandi Huster
Monday, September 18, 2023 at 9:12 AM
“Condolences to the Kitt family. So sorry for your loss. ”
- Jerry Janssen
Sunday, September 17, 2023 at 12:09 PM
“Kris, Keith & family: our heartfelt sympathies to you all. Heaven gained a beautiful angel. You're in our thoughts and prayers.”
- Rebecca (Coon) Slater
Sunday, September 17, 2023 at 12:09 PM
“Please know that my prayers are with you. ”
- Rose Harjes
Sunday, September 17, 2023 at 12:08 PM
“I was just thinking about you the other night! You were a BIG influence on my life - 4-H, friend, the milking parlor, and if I remember right, we used to swing on a rope in that wonderful barn! I remember getting off the school bus to hop the fence to pick an apple from the orchard. Gosh, such great memories of you, Cleo and all the kids. Peace to you and all. ”
- Kim Hines Mason
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