Frances Maie Pitts


May 7, 1922 - June 10, 2015



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.



Saturday, June 13, 2015
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Saturday, June 13, 2015
2:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Greenhill Cemetery
Alexandria, South Dakota

entry posted by Debra Hall on 06-15-2015
Mrs Pitts was my third grade teacher AND my Sunday School teacher AND my neighbor. How lucky I was to know her in three different ways! Later I babysat for some of the grandchildren. Mrs Pitts as I know to call her, was a role model and so patient with her husband as she lovingly cared for him.
She was one of my favorite teachers at Fulton.
entry posted by Marlene and Craig Olson on 06-14-2015
Cheryl - Craig and I send our deepest sympathies to you and your family members on the loss of your mother. I remember meeting her just once but she certainly raised an awesome daughter. Having just lost my mother in November, I know you will find strength and peace in the days to come in all your good memories of your life with her. God bless.
entry posted by Julie Conroy on 06-14-2015
So sorry- love to all of you..,.
entry posted by Linda Heaps on 06-13-2015
Gary, My deepest sympathy in the loss of your Mother. Hold dear of the sweetest memories you have shared with her.
entry posted by Norton & Brenda (Sougstad) Hook on 06-12-2015
We were so sorry to hear that your Mother had passed away. She was always so kind to my Mother---I know how much my Mother treasured her friendship with Francis. We so enjoyed when your Mother would come to/through Kansas to see Mom ---we enjoyed our visits with her. Of course, your Mother was so kind to me when my Mother passed away---I especially appreciated the times she would call just to check in and see how I was doing. Our prayers are with your family. Brenda
entry posted by Dave, Deanna, Alyssa & Billy Block on 06-12-2015
We are sorry to hear of the passing of Cheryl's mom. We have known Cheryl for about 16 years. We are sure that her mother was just as kind and sweet as Cheryl is. Now we know where Cheryl gets her passion for cards. We are sure that she will be dearly missed. We are saying a prayer for your family. Deanna, Dave, Alyssa & Billy. Hillsboro MO
entry posted by Deb Schmich on 06-12-2015
I enjoyed the times I was able to see her when she visited St. Louis. She was a wonderful person who raised a wonderful daughter Cheryl.
entry posted by Joanne Mehegan on 06-12-2015
Guess the best time we had was to go on Brenda and Randys wedding , and Honeymoon.We had a good , time don't know about them, Nice to have known you and your family.
entry posted by Reyna Martin on 06-12-2015
What a sweet lady! We had a connection in card making, and she loved to see how far card making has advanced. Her creativeness impressed me to no end. She could make beautiful card out of scraps and pieces. I will treasure them and her forever.
entry posted by Deb Wilson on 06-11-2015
Francis will be sorely missed! She was so enjoyable to visit with, we really hit it off when I told her that my son and his fiance would be married in Alexandria, she would always ask me how the wedding plans were coming, and brought me a newspaper which had an article in it, featuring the lodge where the wedding was being officiated! From then on, we just had a really nice relationship and I loved to see her every day and have a chat. She was such a lovely person, and it was so obvious how special she was to her family! You were there for her through thick and thin! She was very blessed to have all of you! I'm so glad that I got to share just a very small part of her life! She is in good hands now also--but her presence will be deeply missed! God Bless you All!
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