Mary Eleanor Pitts, 84, peacefully passed away on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2009 at her home in Williams.
Mrs. Pitts was born on Oct. 19, 1924 in Williams, to Mark and Katherine (Stangel) Smith. She was the fifth of seven children. After Mary graduated from high school she entered into the world of banking. Mary started her banking career in 1954 with the Arizona Bank, then as the banking industry grew she worked for First National Bank, First Interstate Bank and after many years retired in 1985 from Wells Fargo Bank.
During World War II she was a member of the Harvey Girls and she traveled to Texas to entertain the troops. Mary met her only husband, Paul Lee Pitts, at the Museum Club in Flagstaff. They later married and had one son, Paul Lee Pitts Jr.
Mary was a wife, mother, grandmother, banker and a very special friend to hundreds of people. Mary loved to dance and visit with friends and family. She danced through life and put smiles on many faces along the way.
Mary is the last of a generation of Americans that were proud of what they promoted in life. Pioneers! Mary's family was one of the first families to settle in northern Arizona. Those who knew Mary know that she always had a smile and could brighten up anyone's day. She was an icon in everyone's eyes.
Mary Pitts is survived by her son, Paul Lee Pitts Sr.; grandson, Marcus Pitts; granddaughter, Renee Cahill and an unborn grandson, Paul Lee Pitts Jr., due Sept. 22, 2009.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her brothers and sisters and her husband Paul Lee Pitts, along with many generations of other relatives.
For those who knew Mary and her family, a Celebration of Life service has been scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 3, 2009 at 11 a.m. at the World Famous Sultana Theatre in Williams. "Be There or Be Square."
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Northland Hospice, P.O. Box 997, Flagstaff, AZ 86002.
Condolences my be sent directly to the family or to Condolences@Lozanos-FlagstaffMortuary.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Lozano's Flagstaff Mortuary.