Mauzee Pitchford, 88
Mrs. Mauzee Pitchford, age 88, of Norfork, Arkansas, passed away Thursday, November 28, 2013, in Mountain Home.
She was born December 27, 1924, in Norfork to Albert Chester and Julia Ann Kerley Hall. On August 25, 1944, she married Leo A. Pitchford in Norfork. She was a lifetime area native and a devout member of Norfork United Methodist Church. Mrs. Pitchford began her teaching career in 1944 at age 19 teaching grades 1-8 in a one-room classroom in Buffalo City. She earned her Bachelors and Masters degrees at the University of Central Arkansas, then known as Arkansas State Teachers College, in Conway, Arkansas. She taught home economics in the Norfork School from 1949-1960, then taught in Mountain Home Public Schools from 1960 until she retired in 1975. She loved her students and teaching and considered all her students as her children.
Mrs. Pitchford loved her family and was a "people person". She loved to take her well-known brownie sheet cake to the sick and bereaved. She was the chairperson of the Galatia Cemetery Board from 1985-2005, served on the Salesville City Council, the Baxter County Democratic Committee and volunteered at the Norfork Public School. For many years she reported the Norfork weather to KTLO radio.
She is survived by a son: Roger (Susan) Pitchford: Norfork; three grandchildren: Julia (Joshua) Ayers, Dr. Clovis (Dr. Elizabeth) Pitchford and United States Marine Corps Capt. Hanson (Catherine) Pitchford; five great-grandchildren: Eli, Brynley and Hadley Ayers; Josie and Madeleine Pitchford; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, three brothers including Vero Hall, and a sister Jeanie Manes.
Visitation will be from Noon-9:00 P.M. Friday, December 6, 2013, at Roller Funeral Home with the family receiving friends from 6:00-8:00 P.M. Funeral Services will be 10:00 A.M. Saturday, December 7, 2013, in the Roller Chapel with Brother Wayne Camp officiating. Interment will follow in Galatia Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Galatia Cemetery Fund. Visit our online guestbook at www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.
Roller-Chenal Funeral Home
13801 Chenal Parkway Little Rock, AR 72211
Published in Baxter Bulletin from Dec. 3 to Dec. 5, 2013