Longtime Vallejo and Richmond resident Lydia Marie Pitts Elliott passed away peacefully at home on November 15, 2012 after celebrating her 89th birthday surrounded by the love of her family. Lydia was born November 12, 1923 in Porter, Oklahoma to the union of Jesse Elic Pitts and Bell Beatrice Bonds Pitts. She was married to Henry Wilford Elliott on January 11, 1943, in Porter, Oklahoma.
Lydia was the head teacher at Pullman Children’s Center where she stayed until she retired on August 31, 1989 after serving for 25 years in the Richmond Unified School District. Lydia was a lifetime member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated since 1947 and became a charter member of Kappa Beta Omega Chapter in Vallejo, CA, in 1974. She was also a lifetime member of The Links, Incorporated and became a charter member of the Solano County Chapter in 1994. She was also a member of the Eastern Star – Princess Zorah Chapter #70 (now Ashlar Chapter #47), Beta Pi Sigma Sorority, Inc., a life member of the National Council of Negro Women, the NAACP, and many others.
Lydia was blessed to celebrate 65 years of marriage before she was preceded in death by her husband Henry in 2008. She is survived by her sons, Henry Jr. and Terence Todd Elliott; daughter-in-laws, Sabrina and Amanda Elliott; granddaughters, Hasana, Karinda, Nyeri and Imani Elliott; great-grandson, Peyton Elliott-Jackson; sisters, Velma McCann, Laura McCann and brother. Floyd (Inez) Pitts and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and many other relatives and friends.
Visitation services will be held at Wiggins-Knipp Funeral Home, 524 Capitol St., Vallejo, CA, on Sunday, November 25, from 1 to 7 p.m., with a quiet hour beginning at 4 p.m. Funeral services will be held at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 1905 Florida St., Vallejo, CA, on Monday, November 26. at 11 a.m.