Edith Victoria (Howard) Hitchman

April 9, 1923 ~ June 20, 2020 (age 97)


Edith Victoria Howard Hitchman left this earth to be with her Lord on June 20, 2020 at her home in Des Moines, Washington. She was born on April 9, 1923 in Chicago, Illinois, attended Emmaus Bible School, and then went on to attend nursing school, where she earned her RN.   Through mutual friends, she met the love of her life, Robert Hitchman, who was in medical school at Marquette University and also in the Navy. They married on September 16, 1949 moved to Newport News Naval Base in Virginia, and then moved to Des Moines, Washington for Robert to begin a medical practice with his brother-in-law Dr Jay Underhill. Edith lovingly raised five children-Betsy Ritchie, Grace Hitchman, Ruth Fenn, Bill Hitchman and Joan Wrigley.  The family attended Des Moines Gospel chapel, where Edith served faithfully for nearly 70 years. She is survived by fourteen grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren. Her favorite verse lately was Psalm 91: 1, 2. 1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High Will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say to the LORD, "My refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust!"  She will be fondly remembered for her sweet spirit, her faithful example and her loving kindness.  Private Burial at Tahoma National Cemetery on Thursday June 25. If you would like, in lieu of flowers, you may donate to Lakeside Bible Camp Scholarship Fund at

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