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Edith Laverne Pitts

May 30, 1928 - July 21, 2020
From: Spencer, IA
Edith Laverne Pitts

Edith Laverne Pitts

Born: May 30, 1928
Died: July 21, 2020
Age: 92

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Edith Laverne (Verdon) Pitts was born on May 30, 1928, in Lansing, Iowa. She was the daughter of Florence (Protsman) and Joseph Verdon. Her schooling started at Lansing's Catholic grade school, Immaculate Conception, and finished at Lansing Public High School, graduating early at the age of 16. World War II was in full swing at this time as Edith was recruited and proudly chose to serve her country by leaving home to work for the FBI in Washington, DC. She returned to Iowa in 1947 and trained to be a hairdresser before moving to Storm Lake, IA.

      Friends fixed her up on a date with James (Jim) Pitts, a farmer. Edith first thought he was “too young” for her. Despite that, Edith and Jim fell in love and married on November 22, 1956. The ceremony was at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Storm Lake, Iowa.  While they settled down on the family farm north of Alta, Iowa, Edith always embraced her childhood connections to the Mississippi River and the special lifestyle it provided.  She continued to work as a beautician while raising their 5 children. In 2001, they retired and moved to nearby Spencer, IA where the church continued to be the foundation of Edith’s life. She was an active member of St. Joseph (Sioux Rapids) and Sacred Heart (Spencer) Catholic churches, serving wherever needed.  She and Jim shared 62 years of marriage before his passing in 2018.

      Some of Edith's favorite activities were reading, bowling, quilting, arts-and-crafts and playing cards. Jim and Edith enjoyed gathering with friends to attend school events, countless years of card club and ballroom dancing.  She was a generous giver which served her family and friends well as she had a gift for create amazing meals out of anything and for making every person who came into her home feel welcomed, like family. Gathering around the table was a true celebration of faith and spending time with her loved ones.

      She exemplified devotion to her husband, children, and grandchildren. She enjoyed telling and retelling stories of the great memories. Staying connected to loved ones was paramount to her. We will miss her beautiful smile, quick wit and countless ‘momisms’.

      On Tuesday, July 21st, 2020, Edith died at age 92 surrounded by her children. Family preceding Edith in death include her husband, Jim and her parents. Her six brothers, Harold, Floyd, Charles, Dan, Vince, and Tom Verdon. And one sister Vera Fink-Buehler.

      Edith's five children survive her. They and their respective spouses are: Melinda (Jim) Megel of Alexandria, MN; James (Jenn) Pitts of Lockhart TX; Lori (Dan) Winegarden of Clear Lake, IA; Alicia (Tim) Panyard of Ames, IA; and Charles (Marge) Pitts of Spencer, IA. Edith's nine grandchildren are: Nathan Megel (Heather), Jena Megel, Kendra Parker-Pitts, Noli Pitts, Tenzin Pitts, Amanda (Morgan) Winegarden, Emily (Chris) Athy, Andrew  Panyard and Elliott Panyard. Edith has one great grandchild Cormac Megel, one surviving sister-in-law, Marlys Alldredge and many beloved nieces and nephews.


Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and out of concern for family and friends, a private family service is being planned for a later date.  In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family would cherish any special memories of Edith that you would share with them.
Father Tim Hogan
Riverside Cemetery
Spencer, Iowa


Friday, July 31, 2020 at 8:26 AM
“I'm so very sorry for your loss, she was a wonderful lady and she will be deeply missed. I'm so glad I've had the chance to have known her and the family. She always made my day when I went into her apartment or at melinda's , she had something smart to say. Will miss her telling me "it's just old age". It was a pleasure to have been a part of her life the last 3 years. God bless you all.”
- Gaileen Pyle
Thursday, July 30, 2020 at 8:35 AM
“I am so sorry to hear of Aunt Edith's passing. She always had such wonderful way of making each one of the nieces and nephews feel special. I will always remember her sprinkling us with water at Gramma's slumber party, even though she was just trying to get us to settle down so they could continue with cards. Her stylish fashion was always an amazement, how she could be so organized with so many beautiful accessories , but those were overshadow by her sparkling personality and shining smile. I send sympathy and prayers to all my cousins. Hoping that you can find comfort in know that she is with your Dad and the rest of the Family, and that you have her love in your hearts forever. ”
- Theresa Cook
Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at 7:57 AM
“As I read Aunt Edith's obituary I'm reminded of her commitment to family and I relive many fond memories of her, Uncle Jim, my dad, Vera, Charles, Vince, Harold, Floyd, and Gramma Florence. Family always came first with Aunt Edith, and she wasn't shy about making this point with me when I needed to hear it! I'm also thinking of my dear cousins tonight as they celebrate their beautiful mom. Peace be with them!”
- Timothy Verdon
Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 3:02 PM
“Our deepest Sympathy to all of you”
- Danny and Barb (Pitts) Steward
Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 9:31 AM
“Melinda, my deepest condolences to you and your family. Losing your parents leaves a hole that nothing can fill, except knowing we will be reunited one day. Love and prayers,
- Lisa (Delbridge) Binder
Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 7:59 AM
“What a wonderful person Edith was! I so enjoyed getting to know her and Jim through church. It was always entertaining to work a dinner with them and visiting with them. ”
- Marilyn Bock
Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 7:59 AM
“So sorry to learn of the passing of your mom. She was a beautiful lady. Miss both her and your dad at Sacred Heart church. Loved the tribute. She will be greatly missed. 🙏🙏🙏”
- Nancy Hill
Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 7:59 AM
“Gary & I send our sympathy. It is always a sad time when you lose a family member and yet there are so many good things that come out of it. And for you the "good" will be all the time you spend reminiscing about your Mom, your Mom and Dad, Your Mom & Dad and all the things you did as a family growing up and as a family after growing up and then apart and then reconnecting in this happy sad time. Our memories include stopping at your farm home when Mike played baseball, and how welcoming everyone was. The many get together's at funerals and family reunions - the usual times and the unusual times like the months as we all waited on Grandma Florence in her final days. Many memories. Enjoy your visits and cherish the memories. Sincerely, Karen”
- Karen Galema
Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 7:59 AM
“So sorry to hear of Edith’s passing. She was a great person and so good to my parents. ”
- Doug and Mary (George) Palmer
Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 7:59 AM
“You have our sympathies on Edith’s passing. Such a special lady. ”
- Rosie George Vonnahme
Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 7:59 AM
“Fashionista before it was even a word. She had style, even if it was in a pair of rubber boots. My fond memories include wrangling nieces, nephews and her own 5 for the breakfast line or bath time at Gram Verdon's Lansing homestead. And make no mistake, she'd take your money (pennies) at the card table, be it Solitaire, King's Corner or Crazy Bridge.”
- Beth Verdon
Monday, July 27, 2020 at 9:17 AM
“Our thoughts and prayers. Always had the biggest smile and kind words. God Bless!
- Deb and Mike Wienhold
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