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Clara Mae Snyder "Dutch" Fitts, RN

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Posted: 10 Jul 2006 7:12PM GMT
Classification: Obituary
Surnames: Tishman,Snyder,
Clara Mae Snyder "Dutch" Fitts, 86, died July 1, 2006 after a valiant, twenty-five year struggle with breast cancer at her home in Hood River, Oregon. Mrs. Fitts was born May 20, 1920, at Connellsville, Pennsylvania, and was the oldest child of Clinton Raymond Snyder and Helen Tishman Snyder. After graduating from Connellsville High School, she pursued a nursing degree at the Jefferson Medical College Hospital School of Nursing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. On February 22, 1943 she volunteered for the Navy Nurse Corps and served in the Pacific Theater. She was stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, where she cared for wounded allied servicemen and prisoners of war. During the course of her service she was awarded the World War II Victory Medal, the National Defense Medal, the American Area Campaign Medal, and the Asiatic - Pacific Area Campaign Medal. Post war assignments included duty at the United States Naval Academy Hospital at Annapolis, Maryland, where she met her husband of fifty-four years, Jean Milton Fitts of Wichita Falls, Texas. They were married shortly after his graduation from the Academy in June 1952. Marriage and motherhood, at the time considered inconsistent with military service, resulted in her discharge from the Navy. As a result, she was able to dedicate her entire energies to her new career as loving wife and Mother. Duty as a Navy wife included assignments to numerous locations on the East and West coasts of the United States and two overseas assignments to Yokohama, Japan and Taipei, Taiwan. She relocated often and always graciously, providing homes and support for her husband and children. Upon her husband's retirement from active duty in 1977, she spent a brief period of time in El Paso, Texas, before settling in Austin, Texas in 1978, where she resided until 2005,when she relocated to her present home in Hood River, Oregon. She was preceded in death by her parents. Survivors include her husband, Jean M. Fitts of Hood River, Oregon; her brother Clinton R. Snyder, Jr. Of Palatka, Florida, two sons, James M. Fitts of San Antonio, Texas and Clinton R. Fitts of Amarillo, Texas; her daughter, Alison Fitts of Hood River, Oregon; and four grandchildren, Clinton R. Snyder Fitts, Laila Reade Winner, Helen Eliza Tishman Fitts, and May Arden Winner. Mrs. Fitts' had requested inurnment at the United States Naval Academy Columbarium at Annapolis, Maryland, as her final resting place, where she will ultimately be joined by her husband. The family plans services and a memorial for later in the year. To honor her memory, in lieu of flowers, her family requests that contributions be made to The American Cancer Society or Hospice of The Gorge, P.O. Box 36, Hood River, Oregon 97031. Arrangements under the direction of Anderson's Tribute Center (Funerals Receptions Cremations) 1401 Belmont Rd., Hood River, Oregon 97031 ~ 541.386.1000.

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