Mary Elizabeth Fitch

Mary Elizabeth Fitch, West Scranton, currently a resident of the Allied Service Assisted Living, died early Wednesday morning in the Geisinger Community Medical Center after an illness.   She was the widow of Fred F. Fitch who died in 1996.  At the time of his passing they had been married 51 years.

Born 1926 in Dalton, she was the daughter of the late Roy P. and Ruth Engler Rhodes.   She was a devoted member of the Jackson Street Baptist Church as well as it’s Women’s Union, Women’s Missionary Society, the Young at Heart Club and also served as a Vacation Bible School Kitchen Leader.  Her other memberships included the Irem Temple Oriental Band Ladies Auxiliary and the Keystone Consistory Ladies Auxiliary.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of the Allied Terrace Assisted Living Facility and the Emergency Staff at the Geisinger Community Medical Center.

Surviving are sons James Fitch and his wife Carol of Lake Wales, FL, Fred and his wife Sue of Jarrettsville, MD and Robert Fitch and his wife Janet Masser of Dingman’s Ferry;  grandchildren J. Douglas Fitch and his wife Janet of Florence, KY, Amy Shertzer and her husband LTC Richard of Monument, CO, Laura Brazzeal and her husband Chad, Esq. of Naples, FL, Scott Fitch of Jarresttsville, MD and Amanda Friedman and her husband Steve of Forrest Hill, MD;  great grandchildren Hayden and Benjamin Shertzer, Hope and Bryce Brazzeal and Abby and Alexander Friedman.

She was preceded in death by brothers Willard and James Rhodes; a sister Marlene Simon.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 10am in the Jackson Street Baptist Church 1206 Jackson St. Scranton 18504 with Rev. Brian D. Vasey, Pastor of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Mifflinville, PA officiating.

Friends may call Monday from 4-7pm in the Vanston and James Funeral Home, 1401 Ash St. Scranton.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Jackson Street Baptist Church Deacon’s Fund 1206 Jackson St. Scranton, PA 18504.

Interment, Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst.

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Arrangements have been entrusted to and are under the care and direction of Robert C. Jones, funeral director.


  1. Charlotte Brazzeal

    I know she was a wonderful Christian lady and will be missed. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. With sincere sympathy. Charlotte, Cheree, Lowry,Jay and Ansley.

  2. Donna Lavelle

    To Fred and the whole Fitch Family, my thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time! May you find comfort in the Lord and may she R.I.P.

  3. Gary and Lenore Shiner

    Dear Fitch Family, We were so sorry to hear of Betty’s passing. She will be forever remembered for her kind soul, and for her love of her family and God. She was always so faithful to the many ladies auxiliaries she attended, and also to service in her beloved church. She was also a wonderful friend that was always there to help when you needed someone to talk to. Her yard, flowers, and her snow babies collection was her pride and joy. I know that her husband Fred will be waiting with open arms to receive her, and our Heavenly Father will say “Job well done” Fondly, Gary and Lenore Shiner

  4. Carol Morgan Brogan

    Dear Jim, Carol and the Fitch Family,
    My condolences on the passing of your Mother. You were blessed to have her in your lives for so many years. She was one of the last remaining members of the JOC Sunday School Class at Jackson Street. Due to a bad cold, I was unable to attend the viewing. Psalm 23. May she Rest In Peace.
    Safe Trip Home

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