Marjorie J. (Johnson) Pitchford, widow of Charles W. Pitchford, of Frederick Mennonite Community and formerly of Upper Pottsgrove, died late Tuesday at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center where she was a patient for three days. She was 90.
Born in Rockford, Illinois, she was a daughter of the late C. Harold Johnson and Estelle (Forsell) Johnson.
Mrs. Pitchford was a graduate of Rockford College, with a degree in Psychology and English, and the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library Science. She was a Red Cross ambulance driver during World War II and was an air hostess for Trans World Airlines and flew personally for the legendary Howard Hughes when he owned TWA. After meeting her future husband, a B-17 pilot, she retired from TWA and was a homemaker living in Bethlehem and then the Chicago suburbs for many years before returning to Pennsylvania and the Pottstown area where she resided for the past 43 years.
Mrs. Pitchford and her husband, a retired Bethlehem Steel executive, were world travelers, spanning the globe from Australia to Iceland, Europe to the Far East. They had flown around the world together and crossed the Atlantic Ocean on the QEII numerous times. She had served on the executive board of America Youth Hostels for many years and during college went camping through New England and the Province of Quebec bicycling more than 1,500 miles. She was a member of “Clipped Wings” Chicago Chapter.
Mrs. Pitchford was a member of First United Presbyterian Church of Pottstown, the PMMC North Auxiliary, the Junior League, and a longtime member of Brookside Country Club.
She is survived by two sons, Charles H. Pitchford of Royersford; John B. Pitchford, husband of Denise Pitchford of Woodbury, N.J.; two daughters, Marilyn, wife of Joseph Catania, Rockville Centre, N.Y., and Mary Pitchford, wife of Eric Little, Brantford, Ontario, Canada; a sister, Marilyn Bitzer of Shelbyville, Ill.; eight grandchildren, Jeffrey C. Pitchford, Janice Hazen, Carrie Kehl, Jennifer Pitchford, Gregory Pitchford, James Little, Mia Catania and Jonathan Catania, and two great grandchildren, Brynn and Carter Kehl.
The Rev. Carter Lester Jr. and the Rev. Kerry Pidcock-Lester, co-pastors, will officiate at a 1:30 p.m. funeral service Saturday at First Presbyterian Church, 750 N. Evans St., Pottstown. The family will receive friends 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the church. Interment will be in the Peace Garden at First Presbyterian Church.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to The Montgomery County Association for the Blind, 212 N. Main St., North Wales, PA 19454. (http://www.mcab.org/donorfriendsponsor.htm) or to First Presbyterian Church of Pottstown, 750 N. Evans St., Pottstown, PA 19464 (http://www.fpcpottstown.org/)