MOUNT VERNON — F. Marlene Pitts, 83, of Mount Vernon, passed away Monday, May 14, 2018, at the Laurels of Mount Vernon. She was born Feb. 5, 1935, in Knox County to the late Dawson and Bernice (Harding) Armstrong.

Marlene graduated from Danville High School in 1956 and then went to Colorado State University and earned a Bachelor’s degree in education. She taught elementary school in Columbus, Amity and Mount Vernon for over 35 years.

Marlene loved flowers, gardening and cooking. She was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church and she played the piano and the organ for many years. Her greatest joy in life was her family, especially her grandchildren.

She is survived by her daughter, Heather (Bill) White; step-children, Bob (Christine) Pitts, Bonnie Fox; grandchildren, Marigha and Annikah White, Stephanie (Jonathan) Moser, Angela (Murad) Holliday; great-grandchildren, Cara and Dylan Moser, Rhett Stewart and Cameron Holliday; brothers, Kenneth (Ruth) Armstrong, Gary Armstrong, Richard (Connie) Armstrong; a sister, Dorothy (John) Welch; numerous nieces and nephews.

Along with her parents, Marlene in preceded in death by her husband, Dale Pitts; brothers, Ronald, Robert, Dwight and David Armstrong; and a sister, Elaine Scott.

Calling hours will be held Wednesday, May 16, from 5-7 p.m. at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home; 201 Newark Road, Mount Vernon, OH 43050 with an hour prior to a funeral service Thursday, May 17, 2018 starting at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Jelloway.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Alzheimer’s Association of Central Ohio; 1379 Dublin Road, Columbus, OH 43050.

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The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home of Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of F. Marlene Pitts.


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