ALICE M. PITFORD
Alice M. Pitford, age 98, of Kahoka, MO, passed away Thursday, January 9, 2014 at the Clark Co. Nursing Home in Kahoka.
Alice was born September 24, 1915 at home in Clark City, Clark Co., MO, a daughter of David Richard "Doc" and Rebbecca Ann Burkhead Dunn.
On September 27, 1932 she was united in marriage to Marion J. Pitford in Palmyra, MO, and had celebrated 65 years of marriage at his death on December 22, 1997.
Survivors include one son, Norman (Carol) Pitford of Kahoka; four daughters, Vivian Kleine of Kahoka, Dolores (Mrs. Kenneth) Justice of Revere, Mary Jo (Mrs. Gale "Topper") Howell of Whitefish, MT, and Virginia (Mrs. Robert) Allen of Kahoka; eighteen grandchildren; thirty-nine great grandchildren, and thirty-eight great-great grandchildren; as well as nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one son, Richard James Pitford; two son-in-laws, Dillon Kleine and C. J. Dean; a daughter-in-law, Joann Pitford; two grandchildren Kathy Sue Pitford and Rowdy Redding; a great-granddaughter, Summer Dean; three brothers, Everett, Floyd, and Ray Dunn; and, two sisters, Dorothy Dunn and Marie Robinson.
Alice had worked at the former Hemm's Café and in the kitchen of the Clark Co. Nursing Home. She and her daughter, Vivian, had operated the restaurant at the former Kahoka Sale Barn for six years. She was a wonderful cook and made sure each of her girls knew how to prepare delicious meals as well. Most of her life was spent as mother and farm wife, working side by side with Marion as they worked ground and tended to livestock.
She had a strong faith and was pianist and a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Kahoka. She was a Sabbath School teacher for many years and was always taking the youth camping, having parties for them and their families, and hosting many other activities. She loved to fish and camp. She and Marion would travel each year to Cheyenne, Wyoming to the Frontier Days and Rodeo, and then travel on north to fish. She was blessed with a large family, each of whom were special to her. She cherished time spent with them and was able to enjoy them right up until the very end - her new beginning.
Funeral services were held Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. at Wilson Funeral Home in Kahoka with Charles Pitford providing words of comfort. Burial followed in the Frazee Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to the Clark Co. Senior Center or the Clark Co. Nursing Home.
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