Frances Maie Pitts was born May 7, 1922 on the family farm near Alexandria to Chester and Meryl (Peck) Moe. She attended country school located just north of the Moe homestead and graduated from Alexandria High School. She received her teaching certificate from Normal Teaching School in Madison and began her teaching career at a one room school in Mitchell and then for a short time in Oregon. On October 27, 1946 she married Everett Pitts in Alexandria. They began farming near Fulton where they raised their four children. After raising her children Frances renewed her teaching certificate at Dakota Wesleyan University and taught for nine years. Due to Everett’s failing health, they discontinued farming and Frances became the director of the YWCA in Mitchell for ten years. After Everett’s death in 1984, Frances did extensive traveling and settled in Arizona for numerous years and for the past few years, resided at the Faulkton Senior Living Center, enjoying her card making and visits from her family. Frances was a Sunday School Teacher, 4-H Member and Leader, President of the United Methodist Women’s Organization in Fulton and Mitchell, member of PEO, PTA and Hanson County Home Extension Service.
She is survived by her four children: Randy (Brenda) Pitts, Aurora, SD, Gary (Patti) Pitts, Salt Lake City, UT, Sharon (Chuck) Huss, Faulkton, SD and Cheryl (Steve Morley) Kaiser, Arnold, MO; 14 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, two great great-grandchildren, one brother, Robert (Norma) Moe, Mitchell, one sister, Wilma Putzier, Mitchell and two sisters-in-law, Marge Moe, Philip and Phyllis Moe, Sioux Falls.
She was preceded in death by two brothers: Earl and Roy and one sister, Ethel Williams and her husband, Merlin.