Together for a lifetime, Nathala M. and Milton P. Pitts faced their final hurdle together as they passed away of separate illnesses, but surrounded by family at Jones Memorial Hospital. Nathala passed away on Tuesday (Sept. 23, 2014) with her husband beside her. Milton passed away the following day, Wednesday (Sept. 24, 2014).
Mrs. Pitts was born on June 26, 1938 in Andover to Terrance and Amy (Savey) Houghtling. She was a 1958 graduate of Wellsville Central School. On June 27, 1964, at the Christian Temple in Wellsville, she married Milton P. Pitts.
Nathala worked in the Scio Central School cafeteria for 30 years, until her retirement in 2003.
Nat, as she was known to many, is survived by one daughter, Natalie (Randy) Snyder of Cuba; one son, Mark Pitts of Scio; two brothers, Frederick (Lois) Houghtling of Sumter, S.C. and Clarence (Margaret) Houghtling of Plant City, Fla.; one sister, Eloise (Bill) Nolan of Wellsville; 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; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and her many TOPS ladies that she got together with every Wednesday morning.
She was predeceased by two brothers, Francis Houghtling and Richard Houghtling; and two sisters, Lucina Stoneham and infant Eileen Houghtling.
Nat was a homemaker at heart. She loved to do home canning and freezing, cooking and baking and together with her husband, she enjoyed gardening. She liked to do embroidery and work crossword puzzles. One of her favorite games she played with her family was “I love you, I win”. She loved her husband and family dearly.
Friends may call on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon for a combined visitation with her husband 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 Nathala’s name may be made to Allegany County Cancer Services, Attn.: Lori Ballengee, 100 South Highland Ave., Wellsville, NY 14895.