Ada Heath Pitman, 95, beloved mother, grandmother and friend, passed away peacefully Wednesday, April 28, 2010, at Springmeadows Assisted Living in Bozeman.
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Born June 23, 1914, to George W. and Lura Ellen (Smith) Heath, Ada was the second youngest of 11 children. Originally from Somerset, Ky., Ada's parents moved to Montana just after the turn of the century. An outstanding rider, Ada enjoyed growing up on her family's ranch near Ringling. She is remembered for having helped her granddaughter's family move cows, riding ten miles on horseback after she was 80 years old! She attended school in Ringling, where she graduated valedictorian of her high-school class and where, according to her, she "never lost a foot-race."
Ada married Alvin George Pitman, her high school sweetheart, on Aug. 28, 1933. Together the couple worked hard during the 1930s, '40s, '50s and '60s farming and ranching near Grass Range and Chinook, while Alvin also worked as a telegraph operator for the railroad. Together they raised their four boys - Paul, George, Steve and Dan - who were taught early on to work hard and to love their mother, and later their wife. Ada was widowed in 1970, and never remarried.
Ada deeply loved the Lord (who was her rock), her family, her friends and God's servants. She enjoyed remarkably good health throughout her life, and although she outlived most of her family and the friends of her youth, she made friends of all ages. She loved people in general and had a kindred spirit. She showed wisdom in the advice she gave, frequently quoting the Bible with which she was familiar. Her steadfast faith in God sustained her (and others) throughout her lifetime. She was devoted to her children and grandchildren who all loved her dearly.
Ada is survived by her son, Steve Pitman and his wife, Billie of Billings; daughters-in-law, Luella Pitman of Roy and Audrey Pitman of Hot Springs, S.D.; 11 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, and countless dear friends, especially Eric and Marsha Fendler.
Her family wishes to thank the staff at Springmeadows and Hospice for their wonderful care, and her friends who visited her so often and who were so kind, who served her and loved her, especially in her last years.
Arrangements are in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. with funeral services beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 1, at Dahl Funeral Chapel. Interment will be at 2 p.m. Monday, May 3, in Central Montana Memorial Gardens in Lewistown.
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.dahlcares.com.
Dahl Funeral Chapel
300 Highland Boulevard
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Apr. 30, 2010