Imogene ‘Gene’ Evans Pitman
Imogene “Gene” Evans Pitman died Sept. 18, 2013, at Good Shephard Home, Fostoria.
She was born March 1, 1921, at home, in Benton, to Rolla and Clara Feltis Evans. Imogene became a war bride in Nashville, Tenn., upon marrying Harry “Bud” Pitman in July 1943. Their devotion to each other spanned 70 years.
Imogene was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Arlyth; her husband, Harry “Bud” Pitman; and several close friends.
She is survived by a niece, Roxanna (George) Rickman of Richmond, Va.; a great-nephew, Johnathan (Emily) Rickman of Washington, D.C.; a great-niece, Jennifer (Craig) Campbell of Richmond, Va.; two great-great-nephews, Liam Campbell and Fergus Campbell of Richmond, Va.; and numerous relatives.
Imogene was a graduate of Sycamore High School and Tiffin Business College. She was an astute businesswoman serving in the banking profession for 40 years. She also was a homemaker.
She was an active member of Warpole Chapter O.E.S., Upper Sandusky, Nevada Temple No. 412, Pythian Sisters, Nevada, Literary Club, Sycamore, United Methodist Women and a 60-year member of United Methodist Church, Melmore.
Imogene lived her Christian faith, demonstrating it through unfailing dedication to both domestic and foreign missionary works. She had a fondness and respect for music, a favorite hymn, “How Great Thou Art,” brought tears to her eyes. She served as organist for her church and was honored to be a member of the Billy Graham Crusade Choir when they visited Bucyrus.
Imogene loved angels, teddy bears and watching the Cincinnati Reds and Atlanta Braves baseball teams. Imogene’s gift of life, gentle humor, innate dignity and respect for others will linger in the minds and hearts of all who knew and truly loved her. Words of John Greenleaf Whittier remind us of her unwavering faith in God, “I know not where His island lift their fronded palms in air: I only know, I cannot drift beyond His Love and care.”
Graveside services led by the Rev. Barry Belknap and burial took place at Greenlawn Cemetery, Tiffin.
Memorial contributions may be made to Mohawk Community Library, Sycamore, or St. Labre Indian School, Ashland, Mont., in care of Walton-Moore Funeral Home, P.O. Box 350, Sycamore, OH 44882.