Evalyn Stitt

Obituary of Evalyn H. Stitt

Evalyn H. (Root) Stitt was born in Mitchell Indiana on January 6th, 1946, and died March 17th, 2020. She was the youngest of four children of James and Catherine (Riggs) Root. James, Catherine, brother Norman and sister Caroline have passed on before her. After graduating from Mitchell High School in 1964, she took a position of Quality Control Inspector at Sarkes Tarzian, where she met her husband-to-be, David Stitt, who survives her. He likes to say he “passed her quality control inspection”. While shy when first going out on her own, she soon overcame that limitation, and applied that can-do to each challenge she faced. When David told her he couldn’t feel comfortable proposing marriage when his income couldn’t support even a good car, she promptly found a great deal on a new Buick Wildcat, which, as a new bride she drove enthusiastically, and for their early years of marriage. Classes at an Indianapolis business college led her to various numbers-oriented positions. Her career revolved around finances as she was good with business machines, and could accurately use a ten-key adding machine with one hand (1-2-3 on bottom) while dialing a phone (1-2-3 on top) with the other, but dyslexia hindered her text composing. After progressing through data entry for payments, payrolls, and inventory for various employers, and admissions and “computer co-coordinator” at Indiana University in Bloomington, she attained “Computer Operator” status at Melvin Simon and Associates as well as being instrumental in the computer help-desk concept and execution (Is it plugged in?, Is it turned on?) She was diagnosed with Diabetes while at Simon’s and over the years contracted many of the associated complications. Her use of computers followed her home where she compiled a database of her classmates by using investigative instincts and perseverance (stubborn), phoning relatives, friends, employers or whomever she had to for information to track them down. This gave a base on which many reunions were enjoyed over the years. After leaving Melvin Simon’s she organized a number of Simons Employee Association reunions as well. As the diabetic complications worsened and limited her abilities, she gave up the occasional Wedding co-coordinating and catering she had undertaken on occasion. As she anticipated further diabetic complications she convinced David to get a divorce to spare him future difficulties, but as their partnership was strong and nothing better available, nothing changed significantly. As her health declined she had to forgo many activities but continued to manage table decorating for her Church Community Meal and Manna meal, monthly for a number of years, each month having it’s theme. Closing of gatherings due to Covid-19 came just as she was coming to the surrender point of this activity as well. She has authored memorial videos and memorial pamphlets over the years, leaving one for a neighbor waiting for the final date to be added for completion. But not her own, despite specifying in her will, the computer file location of her memorial. The following was found on her computer Life Is Like A Journey On A Train By Unknown Life is like a journey on a train, with its stations, with changes of routes, and with accidents! At birth we boarded the train and met our parents, and we believe they will always travel on at our side. However, at some station our parents will step down from the train, leaving us on this journey alone. As time goes by, other people will board the train; and they will be significant: i.e. our siblings, friends, children, and even the love of our life. Many will step down and leave a permanent vacuum. Others will go so unnoticed that we don’t realize that they vacated their seats! This train ride will be full of joy, sorrow, fantasy, expectations, hellos, farewells, and goodbyes. Success consists of having a good relationship with all the passengers…requiring that we give the best of ourselves. The mystery to everyone is: We do not know at which station we ourselves will step down. So, we must live in the best way – Love, forgive, and offer the best of who we are. It is important to do this because when the time comes for us to step down and leave our seat empty, we should leave behind beautiful memories for those who will continue to travel on the train of life without us. I wish you a joyful journey for the coming years on your train of life. Reap success, give lots of love and be happy. More importantly, be thankful for the journey! Lastly, I thank you for being one of the passengers on my train! ...Farewell.
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