Pauline Louise DeWitt Bittinger, of Accident, was born on Aug. 25, 1943, and died Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017.
Her parents were the late Carroll G. and Huldah B. DeWitt. Her paternal grandparents were the late J. Milton and Cora DeWitt. Her maternal grandparents were the late Lewis and Lydia Harman.
Pauline graduated from Northern Garrett High School and then from Catherman's Business School.
She also passed the CPS (Certified Professional Secretary) exam administered by the International Association of Administrative Professionals. Later in life, after both her sons graduated from college, she graduated summa cum laude from Frostburg State University with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration.
Pauline was always active in her community. She served as secretary for the Barton PTA and was also president for the Valley High Band Boosters Association. She was a charter member of the Barton Homemakers Club and served in the offices of president, secretary and treasurer of the group.
She was a member of the Business and Professional Women (BPW) and was president and historian of the Allegany United club. She was also Woman of the Year in 1993 for the local Allegany United club. She was a member of Soroptimist International of Frostburg.
Pauline is a member of the Lonaconing Assembly of God Church and served as a Sunday school pianist and helper in the Beginner Department for over 30 years. She also was a leader in the Missionettes program at First Assembly.
Pauline dedicated her life to her family. She worked very hard to raise her sons. Through her resilience, work ethic and values, she endeavored to give them every opportunity to live productive lives.
She is survived by her sons, Randall Paul Bittinger, Accident, and Wyatt Carroll Bittinger and wife, Kandyce, of Fairmont, W.Va. Her grandchildren were the light of her life. They are Bryce Carroll and Jenna Brielle Bittinger of Fairmont, and she loved spending time with them or talking to them on the phone. She never ceased telling them how proud she was of them and how much she loved them.
Pauline worked for 28 years with the State of Maryland and retired as executive administrative assistant to the Dean of the College of Business at Frostburg State University. She was a member of Staff Council at FSU and treasurer of the Woman's Forum.
Pauline enjoyed crafts, crocheting and embroidery. She was always making gifts for her friends and family. A special project was making baby hats for the NICU Unit at Ruby Memorial Hospital where Jenna was a patient when she was born. She made hats all year long and made special ones for Easter and Christmas. Her pumpkin hats were also appreciated in the fall. Her desire was to make the parents smile during a very difficult time in their lives.
Friends will be received at Newman Funeral Homes P.A., 179 Miller St., Grantsville, on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, from 6 to 9 p.m. Services will be conducted at Hoyes United Methodist Church, where Pauline attended in her youth, on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. George Loar officiating. Interment will be in Hoyes Cemetery in the family plot.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Union Rescue Mission in Cumberland, Gideons Bible or charity of choice.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.newmanfuneralhomes.com.
Published on October 9, 2017