August 17, 1939 - September 17, 2020
Eileen May Pittman, 81, of Eaton Rapids, died Thursday, September 17, 2020 in Lansing. Eileen was born August 17, 1939, in Haslett, the daughter of George Moore and Dorothy May (Wood) Smith. She married Bennie Junior Pittman on December 18, 1965 and the two settled into life on the family farm, where she raised 7 children. Eileen also worked as a bartender and cook, and as a florist. She owned her own flower shop, Patches and Posies, in Vermontville for 5 years. Her artistic abilities extended beyond floral arranging and she was known to create paintings for her family and friends, and sewed beautiful clothing and costumes for her children, grandchildren, and for neighborhood kids in the school plays. Eileen was famous for her pie crust and making huge Sunday meals for the family, singing little ditties all the while and listening to "Midnight at the Oasis." She loved time spent with friends on her bowling and golf leagues. Her slightly stubborn nature and penchant for hard work endeared her to many. Above all, she loved her family. Eileen is survived by her loving husband of nearly 55 years, Ben Pittman; their children, Jack "Wayne" Hubbard, Betty Jo Koehn, Teresa Ann (Dave Gilbert) Murray, Lynda May (Mike) Schnepp, and Julie Louise (Gerald) Lowe; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren; brother, Keith (Fran) Smith; sister, Margaret "Margo" (Robert) Leslie; daughter-in-law, Kathleen Hubbard; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her daughter, Maryann Taylor; son, Joe Neal Hubbard; son-in-law, Richard Koehn; siblings, Marion Ball, Jerry Smith, Doris Webb, Wilfred "Willy" Smith, Neal Smith, Ann Rocksted, and Janet Hershey; sister-in-law, Lois Pittman; and her best friend, Mary Trumble. Friends are encouraged to support Eileen's family. Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, September 21, 2020 at Pray Funeral Home in the Garden with Pastor Marty DeBow officiating. Visitation will be an hour prior to the service. If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to the VFW National Home in Eaton Rapids. Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Eileen on her Tribute Page at www.PrayFuneral.com. The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.
Eileen May Pittman, 81, of Eaton Rapids, died Thursday, September 17, 2020 in Lansing. Eileen was born August 17, 1939, in Haslett, the daughter of George Moore and Dorothy May (Wood) Smith. She married Bennie Junior Pittman on December 18,... View Obituary & Service Information
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