Pamela Bennett Hitt, 81
Pamela Ann Bennett Hitt, 81, of Warminster, PA passed away at her home on December 11, 2018.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 on Saturday April 6, 2019 in Southampton, LI, New York at the First Presbyterian Church, 2 South Main Street, Southampton, NY 11968.
Pam was born on May 20, 1937, the first of two daughters born to Agnes Elizabeth Thompson Bennett of Sag Harbor and William Ludlow Bennett of Southampton. She is predeceased by her husband of 53 years, Glenn W. Hitt, and leaves to cherish her memory five daughters and their spouses, children, and grandchildren – her 5 great-grandchildren! Pam’s immediate family includes: Patricia Hitt Tiemeier and her husband Don of Florida; Eileen Hitt Fullerton and her husband David of Massachusetts; Kate Hitt of California; Cyndy Hitt Kent and her husband Don of Maryland and Denise “Dee” Hitt Walsh and her husband Bucky of Virginia. She is also survived by grandchildren, Sue and Jenny (Kent), Christopher John Tiemeier, Amy Milligan and husband Sean, Frank “Rusty” Stout and wife Kate, Liz Coles and husband John, Mason Walsh and wife Maggie, and Bianca Poling and husband Alan; and by great-grandchildren, Kailyn, Sarah, and Jake Milligan, Charlotte Walsh, and Luke Coles. Pam also was loved dearly by her sister Carryl Bennett Howell and husband Edward, and their children Pamela Howell Martorano and Greg Howell; her cousin Susan Bennett McElroy and husband Howard and their children and grandchildren, and her cousin Jean Bennett Brace and her family, all of whom were originally from Southampton also. In addition, Pam and her family “adopted” two American Field Service foreign exchange students, each for a full year – first, Anne Kari Thorsrud of Norway, and then Mamar Mezidi of France. Pam said once: “They came here to learn, and they taught us so much!”
Pam also will be fondly remembered by the many fine friends she made over the years, from Southampton to Washington, DC to Europe and finally to the Ann’s Choice Retirement Community in Warminster, PA – and most especially by her steadfast friend and traveling companion, Harding Lindhult, and by girlfriends Dolores “D.” Parker, Kazmira Heinbaugh, and the “Mahjong Gals”.
Pam attended elementary, middle, and high school in Southampton, and made many long-lasting friendships during her youth. She first lived at 120 Elm Street in Southampton and at the age of 13 moved with her family to 28 Hill Street, where her father Bill Bennett ran the town’s only boat motor repair shop, specializing in Evinrudes. Growing up, she played the drums in the school band, had lots of fun bowling and being on the beach, played field hockey and taught swimming at the Southampton Bathing Corporation, enjoyed the constant company of her cousins and her sister, and had many friends and admirers… although she wondered sometimes if her Willys Jeepster was also a source of some of the attention!
Pam graduated from Southampton High school in 1955, and then earned a Business Administration degree from Alfred Technical College, which primed her for a budding career as a legal secretary, although nothing could quite prepare her for moving to Washington, DC in 1958 during one of the biggest blizzards on record! Maturing into a responsible job at the CIA, Pam gave up the Jeepster and traded it in for a reliable turquoise-blue Plymouth. At the agency, she met Glenn Hitt and fell in love – so much in love that she felt willing to adopt his 4 daughters and to love them like her own. Then, having met that challenge head-on, she added yet another girl to the family. Getting a bit restless with so little to do, she agreed to move across the ocean to Italy and later to Germany, always returning to a comfortable home in Vienna, Virginia between overseas assignments. In 1984, she and Glenn moved back to her hometown of Southampton, where they lived at Southampton Cove for 21 years. During that time, Pam re-connected with old friends and made many new ones through her volunteer and paid activities, which included working as the Financial Secretary of the 1st Presbyterian Church of Southampton, contributing as both a deacon and an elder of the church, and also as the President of the Presbyterian Women’s Association, serving both as a board member and later the as the President of the Board of Trustees of the Southampton Historical Society, teaching Weight Watcher’s classes, and volunteering with Meals on Wheels. In 2005, she and Glenn moved to the Ann’s Choice retirement village in Warminster, PA where she immediately became involved in serving her new community as a representative on the Resident Advisory Committee (RAC), leading the Garden Club, and assisting with data collection and observation with the Birding Club. She also greatly enjoyed meeting with friends for cards and Mahjong, and she traveled extensively, even orchestrating a trip to Tuscany with all of her daughters and sons-in-law to celebrate Glenn’s 90th birthday. After Glenn’s death in 2013, Pam and her dear friend Harding Lindhult traveled in both the US and Europe, including trans-Atlantic cruises that culminated in a week-long tour of London.
Pam was a Dynamo, and remained so until her last years. She had high expectations of herself and of those around her, and always strove to do her best. Her example serves us all well, and her family and friends are inspired to rise up, exceed expectations, and leave this world a better place – just like she did.
If you would like to make a donation in Pam’s honor, please consider one of her four favorite charities, or make a donation to a charity of your choice. Detailed information about donating to the First Presbyterian Church of Southampton, the Southampton History Museum, the Coast Guard Foundation or the Ann’s Choice Scholars Fund can be found online via https://www.oconnellrothwell.com/services/current-services/541-pamela-hitt .
Donation Information in Loving Memory of Pamela B. Hitt:
First Presbyterian Church
2 South Main Street
Southampton, NY 11968
Southampton History Museum
PO Box 303
Southampton, NY 11969
Coast Guard Foundation
394 Taugwonk Road
Stonington, CT 06378
Ann’s Choice Scholars Fund
c/o Ann’s Choice Philanthropy Department
Attn: Rebecca Nixon
20,000 Ann’s Choice Way
Warminster, PA 18974
Checks made payable to: “Ann’s Choice Restricted Funds”,
Memo line: “Scholars Fund”