Mary Elizabeth Fitch, West Scranton, most recently a resident of the Allied Service Assisted Living, died early Wednesday morning in the Geisinger Community Medical Center after an illness. She was the widow of Fred F. Fitch, who died in 1996. At the time of his death, they had been married 51 years. Born in 1926 in Dalton, she was the daughter of the late Roy P. and Ruth Engler Rhodes. She was a devoted member of the Jackson Street Baptist Church as well as its Women's Union, Women's Missionary Society, the Young at Heart Club and also served as a vacation Bible school kitchen leader. Her other memberships included the Irem Temple Oriental Band Ladies Auxiliary and the Keystone Consistory Ladies Auxiliary. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of the Allied Terrace Assisted Living Facility and the emergency staff at the Geisinger Community Medical Center. Surviving are sons, James Fitch and wife, Carol, of Lake Wales, Fla.; Fred and wife, Sue, of Jarrettsville, Md.; and Robert Fitch and wife, Janet Masser, of Dingman's Ferry; grandchildren, J. Douglas Fitch and wife, Janet, of Florence, Ky.; Amy Shertzer and husband, LTC Richard, of Monument, Colo.; Laura Brazzeal and husband, Chad, Esq., of Naples, Fla.; Scott Fitch, of Jarrettsville, Md.; and Amanda Friedman and husband, Steve, of Forrest Hill, Md.; great-grandchildren, Hayden and Benjamin Shertzer, Hope and Bryce Brazzeal and Abby and Alexander Friedman. She was also preceded in death by brothers, Willard and James Rhodes; a sister, Marlene Simon. Funeral services will be Tuesday at 10 a.m. in the Jackson Street Baptist Church, 1206 Jackson St., Scranton, with the Rev. Brian D. Vasey, pastor of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Mifflinville, officiating. Friends may call Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Vanston and James Funeral Home, 1401 Ash St., Scranton. Interment, Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Jackson Street Baptist Church Deacon's Fund, 1206 Jackson St., Scranton, PA 18504. For directions, to share a memory or to leave your condolences for the family, visit www.vanstonandjames.com . Arrangements have been entrusted to and are under the care and direction of Robert C. Jones, funeral director.
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