Ruth Ann (Taylor) Pitts(1928 - 2011)

Ruth Ann (Fonda) Pitts Ruth Ann Pitts of Fort Smith, Arkansas passed away on December 22, 2011 following a brief illness. Ruth Ann Taylor was born January 19, 1928; she lived in the Saratoga, NY area for many years and was a graduate from Ballston Spa High School. Ruth moved to Scotia, NY in 1959 when she married Clark Fonda, who pre-deceased her in 1998. Ruth and Clark were professional magicians, known as "The Fabulous Fondas" who performed locally and traveled extensively throughout the world on many cruise ships. She was also a popular and talented solo magician, and enjoyed the unofficial title of "Goddess of Gaslight Village" in Lake George. Ruth was an active member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians (IBM) and the Society of American Magicians (SAM), and was an avid bowler and talented artist. Ruth married Bill Pitts in 2000, and relocated to Fort Smith, Arkansas where she enjoyed many years performing magic shows with Bill throughout the country, and being very active in their church and American Legion Auxiliary organizations. Ruth is survived by her husband, Bill Pitts, of Fort Smith, AR; her four loving daughters: Janice Baird of Ballston Spa, NY; Patricia Fonda of Briarwood, NY; Susan Dunbar of Galway, NY; and Jo Newell of Amherst, NH. She is also survived by her step brother, Willis White; seven grandchildren: Jeremy Baird, Jeffery Baird, Jason Baird, Jessica Creter, Adam Dunbar, Anjelica Newell, and Sam Newell; and five great grandchildren: Andrew Baird, Collin Baird, Hayden Cahill, Mattingly Creter, and Sebastian Creter, as well as numerous step children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Ruth was an eternal optimist who kept her focus on the bright side of life, and frequently quoted, "the show must go on!" Memorial Service to celebrate Ruth's life will be held on Monday December 26, 2011 Calling hours 10 AM Memorial Service at 11 at Christ Episcopal Church 15 West High St. Ballston Spa, NY 12020

Published in The Saratogian on Dec. 24, 2011