Together for a lifetime, Milton P. and Nathala M. Pitts faced their final hurdle together as they passed away of separate illnesses, but surrounded by family at Jones Memorial Hospital. Milton passed away on Wednesday (Sept. 24, 2014), one day after his wife had passed away beside him on Tuesday (Sept. 23, 2014).
Mr. Pitts was born on Feb. 12, 1935 in Wellsville to Howard D. and Marion Victoria (House) Pitts. He was a 1954 graduate of Wellsville Central School. On June 27, 1964, at the Christian Temple in Wellsville, he married Nathala M. Houghtling.
Milton worked as a salesman for Combined Life for sixteen years until his retirement in 2003. He previously worked in food distribution for Miles Bradford in Bradford, Pa. After retirement, he worked for McDonalds in Wellsville from 2003 -2011.
Milt is survived by one daughter, Natalie (Randy) Snyder of Cuba; one son, Mark Pitts of Scio; three grandchildren, Brandon (Meghan) Snyder of Dexter and Dustin Snyder and Kirstyn Snyder, both of Cuba; two great grandchildren, Evan Cummings and Natalie Cummings, with a third great grandchild to be arriving soon; and his beloved cousins and nieces and nephews .
Milton, along with his wife, loved gardening together. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and had a fascination with politics and history. Together with his wife, he would sit and watch Fox News, Rush Limbaugh and Paul Harvey for hours. To relax, he liked drawing, painting and landscaping. He was a member of the Scio Lions Club and a life member of the NRA. He affectionately called his wife Cinderella, which to their children became “Zelda”, a name that forever was cherished in the Pitts home.
Friends may call on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon for a combined visitation with his wife at the Baker-Swan Funeral Home, 3256 Riverside Drive in Wellsville. There will be a combined funeral service on Saturday at noon at the funeral home immediately following the visitation with Rev. Dick Helms of Christ Ring Ministries, officiating. Burial will follow in Knight Creek Cemetery in Scio.
Memorial contributions in Milton’s name may be made to Cuba-Rushford Central School Outdoors Program, Attn.: Scott Jordan, 5476 Route 305 North, Cuba, NY 14739.