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Ellen "Ellie" Hitsman


1927 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Ellen "Ellie" Hitsman Obituary
Ellen 'Ellie' Hitsman

A special lady, Ellen 'Ellie' Hitsman died peacefully at her home in Meridian Valley Country Club, Kent, Washington at the age of almost "91". Ellie felt that "90" was quite enough.

She was lucky and said so often. She was happy and said it was easy - simply a choice to be so. She had a "Pollyanna" quality and always saw the good in any situation, no matter how dire it seemed. Always smiling.

Our Mom was a bright light. Raining good upon the earth and all who inhabit it. How we will miss her and how lucky we all are for her having been here.

Born in Portland, Oregon 1927. Raised in Seaside, Oregon by her parents, Oscar and Karen Olson, proud, hardworking immigrants from Sweden. Attended Oregon State University where she met Arthur 'Art' Hitsman. It was a match ordained from heaven. They were perfectly suited, as individuals and as a fabulous team. Working together in concert and harmony.

Moved to Seattle with her husband, Art, when he began his career as a Mechanical Engineer with Boeing in the "Red Barn" in 1950.

She was proud of the three diverse individuals she and Art raised. Her oldest daughter, Sharon, her middle child, Katherine 'Kathy', and her youngest, Douglas, 'Doug'. She is survived by those three children, her son-in-law, Ralph, her beloved only Grandchild (and

her favorite), Raphiel, "Raph", his girlfriend, Mackenzie, "the Coloring Book Lady" of Portland's Saturday Market and our special family friend, Ken Horne, who she told many times was like a son to her.

Ellie and Art believed in education and demonstrated it in many commitments throughout their lifetimes. As such they ask that if you choose to make a donation in their honor to please support "The Arthur E Hitsman Student Excellence Endowment Fund" at Oregon State University, The OSU Foundation, 850 SW 35th Street, Corvallis, OR 97333. It will help students with their tuition. It is a permanent endowment fund.

We loved her, we learned from her every day how to be better as a person and how to contribute more. Even if only a smile. A recent example would be when learning of her terminal illness, that took her life in three weeks, she said to the doctor delivering the news, "Oh well.", then, "but how are you doing?" He had tears in his eyes. Always placing others above herself.

A life well lived.

No flowers please.

Services to be held Thursday, June 14th, 11:00 AM at Zion Lutheran Church, 25105 132nd Ave SE, Kent, WA 98042. Reception to immediately follow. Then procession to Hillcrest Memorial Park, Kent, WA for interment. All welcome.

Please sign Ellie's online guestbook at marlattfuneralhome.com
Published in The Seattle Times from June 7 to June 13, 2018
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