Mildred Arline Stitt, 79, formerly of Benkelman, died Tuesday (March 11, 2003) at Community Hospital in McCook. She was born Nov. 27, 1923, to George and Lelia (West) Morrison at Parks. She graduated from McDonald High School in McDonald, and began her lifelong career of being a beautician and hairstylist when she started working in a beauty salon in Benkelman.
On April 10, 1946, she married Edwin C. Stitt at McDonald, and to this union six children were born. They made their home in Benkelman. She moved to Cambridge in 1991. She moved to McCook in 2001, where she became a resident of Hidden Pines Assisted Living, and in 2002, she moved to Hillcrest Nursing Home.
In 1954, she became active in Eastern Star, and maintained her membership her entire life. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star Holly Chapter No. 233 of Benkelman, and a past member of the Sheba Rebecca Lodge No. 321 also of Benkelman.
Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Edwin, who died in 1993; two sisters, Pearl Morriso and Marie Loppe; and her brother-in-law Walter Nau.
Survivors include her daughters, Leanna and husband, Don Sackett of Cambridge, Erin Stitt of Denver, Colo., and Sharon and husband, Alan Streeter of Scott City, Kan.; sons, C.E. "Dick" Stitt and wife, Marilyn of McCook, George "Melvin" Stitt of Overbrook, Okla., and David Stitt of Leoti, Kan.; sister, Gladyce Nau; brother-in-law, George "Bud" Loppe, both of Yuma, Colo.; and four grandchildren.
Funeral services will be Saturday, 11 a.m. (MST), in the Forch Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Art Phillips officiating. Interment will follow services at the Benkelman Cemetery.
Visitation will be Friday from 1-7 p.m. at the funeral home in Benkelman.
Arrangements are under the direction of Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman.