Ethel Pittman


Ethel Pittman, 102 years, passed away on Monday, July 8, 2013, at Odin Care Center.
Services were held on Friday at Osborn Funeral Home in Dix. Burial was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Memorials: Pleasant Hill Cemetery Fund.
Mrs. Pittman had lived on the family farm at Dix, Illinois for 84 years, where she and her husband, Harry Bruce, raised their five children. Mr. Bruce passed away in 1978, and she remarried in 1981 to Oran Pittman, who passed away in 1989.
She was the oldest living member of the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, south of Dix, where she was a Sunday school teacher, church librarian and choir member for many years.
She enjoyed serving as election judge in Rome Township for several years. She enjoyed making quilts for her children, grandchildren and many others over the years. Her other hobbies were reading, as well as writing, poetry and articles, starting in the 1940s, and her works were published in books, newspapers and magazines throughout the country. She was most proud of being a homemaker, and having her family and friends visit and enjoy dinners. She was very interested in national and world affairs, watching the news and reading papers until the last two years. She had often said that she tried to learn something new everyday, and had the almanac and her Bible on her lamp table, and encyclopedias nearby.
She will be greatly missed by her family, and was a wonderful source of love and encouragement.
She leaves behind two daughters, Wanda and her husband Ken Puleo of Brownstown, and Wilma and her husband Marion Greene of Alton; two sons, Byford Bruce and his wife Liz of Lincoln, Neb., and Philip Bruce and his wife Juanita of Dix; local grandchildren, Mike McDonald and his wife Tammy of Ramsey, Debra McDonald, Bill McDonald and his wife Sandy of Brownstown, Kathy and her husband Matt McConkey of Vandalia, and Connie Meskil of Sandoval. Survivors also include eight other grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; 14 great-great-grandchildren; one sister; and three sisters-in-law.
She was preceded in death by both husbands; a daughter, Phyllis Bruce; grandson, Rodney McDonald; five sisters; and three brothers.

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Published in The Leader-Union from July 30 to Aug. 7, 2013