Mary Fleming Stitt, 96, passed away peacefully on April 5, 2018 at the Bridgewater Retirement Community. She was born in Galveston Island, Texas on December 6, 1921. She attended high school in Marietta, Georgia and graduated from the Business College in Atlanta.
Mary married James Edward Stitt, formerly Director of Electronics at NASA Langley in Virginia, on December 14, 1941. The couple spent their early years together in the Atlanta area. In 1947, Mr. Stitt was recruited by the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (later NASA) in Hampton, Virginia. They made their home in Williamsburg, Virginia for 61 years.
Mary was very active in her community. She was a member of the Queens Lake Garden Club, a 15 year volunteer for the American Red Cross, a long-time volunteer for the former Williamsburg Community Hospital, as well as a volunteer for FISH, a non-profit providing food and clothing to those in the Williamsburg area.
Mrs. Stitt was a faithful former member of Williamsburg Baptist Church where she served 19 years in the church nursery. She served many years as missions chairman and worked tirelessly in many community outreach projects. She was honored for her giving nature and caring spirit when the church named the Christmas Angel Tree project in her name.
Mary was proceeded in death by her parents, John Edward and Bertha Assineth Fleming, husband of 69 years, James Edward Stitt, daughter Jean Stitt Stanley and brother, Charles E. Fleming. She is survived by her daughter Sherry Stitt Miller and husband Dustyn of Weyers Cave, Va., son-in-law Carlton W. Stanley and his wife Sue and four grandchildren: Matthew Miller and wife Kariann of Fairfax, Va.; Elise Stanley Vicars and husband Michael of Mosley, Va.; Jesyca Stanley Arnold and her husband Jesse, of Simpsonville, SC; and Amy Stanley Prock and husband Matthew of Myrtle Beach, SC. Mary was also blessed with 10 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
The last 8 years of her life were spent living with her daughter and son-in-law in Weyers Cave. Mary loved flower gardening, making flower arrangements, birds and her church, Harrisonburg Baptist Church. The bible verse from Matthew 25:21 describes Mary best “well done my good and faithful servant”.
A service will be held for family and friends at Harrisonburg Baptist Church at 10:30am on Thursday, April 12th .An evening with friends will be shared with the family on Friday, April 13th from 6-8pm at the Bucktrout Funeral Home in Williamsburg. Additionally, a service will be held at the Willamsburg Baptist Church at 11am on Saturday, April 14th with a graveside service to follow at Williamsburg Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Williamsburg Baptist Church or Harrisonburg Baptist Church. Condolences may be shared at bucktroutfuneralhome.net.
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