Pittman, Margaret L.

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amem_crossMrs. Margaret L. Pittman, a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Chittenango passed away in her sleep the morning of Sept. 6, 2016 at the Commonwealth Assisted Living facility in Radford VA. Her daughter Annette Sproul was with her when she went to be with her Lord and Savior.

Margaret was born on Nov. 5, 1919 in New Richmond, Ohio to the Rev. and Mrs. Edward W. Lodwick. She received her teaching degree from Maryville College in Tennessee and a Masters of Christian Education from the Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond, VA. She began her life’s work of serving the Lord as a national missionary in the coal-mining town of Piney Fork, Ohio.

In March, 1946, she married Raymond E. Pittman, a missionary to Brazil and a widower with two small boys, Albert Eli 10 and Nathan Shepard 5. She left shortly thereafter to go with her new family to Brazil, where she and her husband served as missionaries with the Presbyterian Church for 14 years in the states of Minas Gerais, Goias, Sao Paulo and Pernambuco. During that time she was blessed with two children of her own, Edward William and Annette Grace.

After her husband died of cancer in 1960, she returned to Brazil where she served off and on for 19 more years, teaching English and Music, and serving in mission schools and churches. She also served as the Director of Christian Education at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Akron, Ohio for four years. In 1985 she retired to Wooster, Ohio and in 2001 she moved to Chittenango to be closer to her family here.

She was pre-deceased by her husband Raymond, her son Albert and daughter-in-law Susan (Hoyle) Pittman. She is survived by her sons Nathan Pittman and daughter-in-law Debbie of Chittenango, NY, Edward Pittman and daughter-in-law Tere Ruiz of Madrid, Spain, and daughter Annette Sproul of Christiansburg, VA. She leaves 12 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren, all of whom will miss her greatly.

Burial will be at 2:30 on September 15 in Rocky River, Ohio, and a memorial service will be held Saturday, September 17 at 4 PM at the First Presbyterian Church in Chittenango, NY. Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Chittenango, marked “For Margaret’s work in Brazil.