Obituary – Leila Dewey Fitch

BELLA VISTA, Ark. — Leila Dewey Fitch, 87, Bella Vista, Ark., died Oct. 9, 2012, at Concordia Health Care and Rehab in Bella Vista, Ark.

Memorial services were Oct. 13 at First United Methodist Church, Bella Vista.

Cremains were interred at the Bella Vista Cemetery. Epting Funeral Home, Bella Vista, was in charge of the arrangements.

Leila was born March 23, 1925, in rural Cedar County. She was the second daughter born to J. Irvin and Mabel Carlson Dewey. Leila graduated from Coleridge High School and attended Wayne State Teacher’s College, Wayne. She taught school for one year before marrying her college sweetheart Harold E. Fitch at the Naval Base Chapel, Memphis, Tenn., June 10, 1944. Leila and Harold had five children and moved 31 times in their marriage living in Tennessee, Washington, California, Nebraska, Colorado, Iowa, South Dakota and Arkansas.

Leila managed the Dakotas United Methodist Federal Credit Union for many years and served as a director of Women’s Division of the United Methodist Church. They retired to Bella Vista in 1987. Harold and Leila spent many winters after retirement working on building projects all over the United States for Habitat for Humanity and SOWERS.

Leila was active in church and community activities and enjoyed reading, playing bridge, music and doing crossword puzzles. She served on the Village House Board and volunteered in the church and Habitat for Humanity offices.

She is survived by her husband of 68 years; two daughters and husbands, Jean and John Justice, Bella Vista, Ark., and Kim and Paul Budd, Sugar Creek, Mo.; one son, Van H. Fitch, Eveleth, Minn.; one sister and husband, Betty and Don Heitman, Coleridge; two daughters-in-law, Sandra Fitch, Bella Vista, and Sue Weast, Hiawatha, Kan.; 11 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Leila was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Shirley Sizemore; and two sons, Don D. Fitch and Hal E. Fitch.

Memorials may be directed to First United Methodist Church of Bella Vista, Helping Hands or Habitat for Humanity of Benton County.