Evelyn Bernice Pitts, longtime Newkirk resident, died late Sunday night, March 31, 2019 in Creekside Village, Ponca City. She was 95.
The daughter of Lester Lloyd Martin and Mintie (Clifton) Martin, she was born Nov. 21, 1923 in Nuyaka, Okla. Her early years were spent in the Binger area. Later she moved with her family to the Big Bend area near Ralston. She attended Burbank High School.
On Nov. 10, 1941 Evelyn and William Earl Pitts were united im marriage in Pawnee. They established their first home in Ralston. Her husband was called into active duty with the U. S. Army the following year, and they made their home wherever they were stationed stateside. While he served in Germany she remained in North Carolina until his return. After he was discharged, they moved to the Newkirk area and had a farming operation east of Newkirk. In 1973 they retired from the farm and moved into Newkirk. Mr. Pitts died May 15, 2004.
Evelyn was a member of the First Baptist Church of Newkirk. She enjoyed her role as homemaker for her husband and children. She enjoyed gardening, crocheting, embroidery and all kinds of crafts. Although she didn’t drive, Evelyn was known, on occasion, to move farming equipment from one field to another.
Evelyn is survived by her children, Jimmy M. and Jan Pitts of Tuttle, and June R. and Ron Wimmer of Newkirk; her siblings, Joyce and Bill Walls of Hominy, Wal-Leeta and Ronnie Rogers of Cedar Vale, Kan., and Junior and Geraldine Martin of Aspermont, Tex.; her grandchildren, Kelly and Brian Keith of Verdigris, Okla., Jennifer and Casey Eubanks of Salisaw, and Laurie and Chad Caldwell of Franklin Tenn.; and six great-grandchildren, Jordan Keith, Kale and Kylie Keith, Kade Keith and Jaren Keith, Jacie Eubanks and Jaden Eubanks.
In addition to Bill, her husband of 62 and a half years, Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents; and two sisters, Ruby Rice, and Reta Brown.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 6 in the First Baptist Church of Newkirk with Chaplin Justin Pickup of Hospice of North Central Oklahoma officiating. Interment followed in the Newkirk Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Miller-Stahl Funeral Service.
Those serving as casket bearers were Chad Caldwell, Danny Driskill, Dawson Driskill, Mike Hull Barrett Kennedy, Barry Leatherman, BobScott and Ron Wimmer.