Florence Noramae Hitt
Florence Normae Hitt, 87, of Grand Junction, died March 17, 2008, in St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center.
Florence was born Nov. 9, 1920, in Lamar, to Tony and Elisabeth Ann Davis. She lived in Lamar until 1922 when the family moved to Lakewood. She graduated from Lakewood High School in 1938, and upon graduation, worked for Mountain Bell Telephone Company where she continued until 1942. During this same period she attended the University of Denver, majoring in elementary education. Florence later attended Western State College in Gunnison, finally earning her bachelor of arts degree in elementary education in 1962. She obtained her masters degree in guidance and counseling from the University of Colorado in 1969.
She married the love of her life, Thomas Elvin Hitt, July 3, 1943, in Lakewood. They made their home in Lakewood and had two sons, who she raised with great love, caring and affection.
In 1954, she moved to Glenwood Springs. Florence began teaching kindergarten in Roaring Fork School District in Glenwood Springs in 1956. After completing her masters degree in guidance and counseling, accepted the position as the elementary counselor for Basalt, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs Elementary Schools. This position gave her a chance to help children who needed that extra help to maybe change their lives. She was a dedicated teacher who worked to get the best from her students and tried to make them better students as well as better people. Upon her retirement in 1979, the family moved to the Grand Junction area, where she remained until her death.
Florence enjoyed crafting outside her professional life, and sold crafts at local craft fairs. Her passion showed through when she joined “the Crafty Angels” of the First United Methodist Church of Grand Junction, where she became the spiritual leader of the group, which worked though the seasons to prepare for its annual Thanksgiving Craft Fair, to support various church activities.
After the death of her husband in 2001, her most trusted friend and protector was her dog, Rusty. He filled her life with joy until his death in 2004.
Florence was also active in her community, giving her time and talents by serving in various positions of the First Methodist Church of Glenwood Springs, the Glenwood Springs Library Board, and treasurer of her home owners’ association in Orchard Mesa. She was also a Past Matron of the Palisade Chapter #90 of the O.E.S., a member of Colorado Retired School Employees and a member of the University of Colorado Alumni Association.
She is survived by sons Thomas Elvin (Leslie) Hitt Jr. of Rifle, and James Ronald (Veronica) Hitt of Sandy, Utah; brother, Gordon Kenneth (Sharon) Davis of Minneapolis; sister, Audrey Elizabeth (James) Owens of Lakeland, Fla.; sister-in-law Sandy Davis of Santa Rosa, Calif.; grandchildren Darcy Ann Hitt and Tyler James Hitt of Denver; step-grandchildren Stacey Ann Skau of Nashville, Tenn. and Mandey Sue Stafford of Grand Junction; and great-grandchildren Kurra Hitt, Tyler James Hitt Jr., and Olivia Stafford of Colorado, and Kendall and Carter Skau of Tennessee.
In lieu of flowers, Florence requested memorial contributions be made to the First United Methodist Church of Grand Junction. Please mark all checks “for The Crafty Angels.”
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 22, at the First United Methodist Church of Grand Junction, 522 White Ave., with Rev. Blaine Scott and Rev. Annie Arnoldy officiating.
Cremation will precede the service.
Arrangements are under the care of Callahan-Edfast Mortuary.
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