Virginia Lee “Jennie” Pitts
August 16, 1926 ~ April 11, 2014
Virginia Lee “Jennie” Pitts passed peacefully to her Lord on April 11, 2014. Jennie was born to Hugh and Marie Boucher on August 16, 1926, in Monett, MO. She spent her childhood years in Granby, MO, where she met and married the love of her life, Robert E. Pitts. They were married on September 11, 1944, while Robert was serving in the military. After the War, they attended college for a few years, then moved to Ellensburg, WA. They owned several businesses in Ellensburg and started their family there. Both Jennie and Bob finished their education at Central Washington University, earning teaching degrees. Jennie became a first grade teacher first in Thorp, WA, then they both found teaching jobs in Quincy, WA and later moved and taught in East Wenatchee. She later became elementary librarian for several schools in East Wenatchee.
Bob died suddenly of a heart attack in August 1973. Jennie spent the next 40 years devoted to her family, church and community. She was an active member of the Eastmont Presbyterian Church. She devoted countless hours as a volunteer at the church, library, Habitat for Humanity, and Chore Service, just to name a few. She was awarded “Older American of the Year” in Wenatchee in 2001, for all her service.
Jennie was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, who never had a harsh word for anyone. Her kindness and generosity will be remembered by those who knew her. She was happiest when helping others and was an inspiration to her family. As she would often say, “It’s been a great life!”
She is survived by her sister, Romaigne Yost of Ontario, OR; her son, Robbe and wife, Cathy of Whitefish, MT; and her daughter, Ann and husband, Dan McConnell of Dryden, WA. Jennie felt blessed to have six grandchildren and soon to be nine great-grandchildren.
The Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held Monday, April 21, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. at Eastmont Presbyterian Church in East Wenatchee, with Reverend Cheryl Fear and Reverend Jim Deal officiating. Donations may be made in her memory to Upper Valley Connection for people with disabilities (P.O. Box 2137, Leavenworth, WA), or the charity of your choice. Anyone wishing to honor Jennie’s memory, please do so by volunteering your time. Arrangements are by Telford’s Chapel of the Valley, East Wenatchee.