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Obituaries

January 21, 2013

Neoma Irene Colpitts

Nov. 3, 1917-Jan. 15, 2013

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. —  Neoma Irene Colpitts, 95, passed away peacefully Jan. 15 at Orchard Creek Assisted Living in Traverse City with her daughter and son-in-law at her side.

Neoma was born Nov. 3, 1917 in Flint. She earned an associate’s degree from Flint Junior College in 1937 and a bachelor’s degree from North Central College 1939.

On June, 14, 1941, she married A. Hunter Colpitts.

Neoma was a kindergarten teacher in Flint, a teacher of first and second grades in Mouton, Ohio, and a substitute teacher in the Wapakoneta, Ohio, public schools.

She was a former member of Crescent Avenue United Methodist Church, Fort Wayne, Ind., and also served as a second-grade Sunday school teacher.  She was an associate member of High Street United Methodist Church in Muncie, Ind., and was actively involved in the aftermath of the High Street Church explosion in 1978. Neoma was supporting member of Calvary United Methodist Church in Syracuse, Ind. and a member of P.E.O. Chapter E.J.

As Hunter’s loyal partner, Neoma lovingly embraced the many years of duties, responsibilities, joys and pleasures of the role of “the minister’s wife.” Prior to Neoma’s move to Traverse City, she enjoyed many years as a property owner in the wonderful community of Oakwood Park on Lake Wawasee in Syracuse. Neoma, Hunter, her family and friends made many happy memories there in their beloved little red cedar log cabin that they had built near the water. Later, they constructed their second home next to the cottage and lived contentedly there full time after their retirement.

She is survived by her son, Craig Harrison (s.o. Faith) Colpitts of Ballston Spa, N.Y.; daughter, Sarah Jane (Steve) Hall of Traverse City; brother, James (Esther) DeMott of Peoria, Ariz.; sisters, Pauline Ballou of Kalkaska, and Thelma (David) McKellar of Grand Blanc; grandchildren, Benjamin (Shelli) Finfrock of Grawn, Katherine Finfrock of Traverse City, Carrie Colpitts of Chicago, Ill., Matthew Colpitts of Fort Wayne, Leah Masters of Cedar, and James Hall of Fife Lake; great-granddaughter, Rebekah Hlavka of Grawn;  brother-in-law, Donald Vogelsberg of Chelsea; and many specially-loved nieces and nephews.

Neoma was preceded in death by her parents, Harrison and Lona DeMott; her husband, the Rev. Dr. A. Hunter Colpitts, who died in 1994; sister, Juanie Vogelsberg; brother-in-law, Kenneth Ballou; and nephew, Kenneth “Chip” Ballou.

There will be a service at 11 a.m. Saturday at Syracuse Calvary United Methodist Church, 801 S. Huntington St., (Ind. 13), with calling two hours prior to the service. The Revs. Dale Mendenhall and David Herr will officiate.

Interment will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at Lindenwood Cemetery, Fort Wayne.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions suggested are W.A.C.F. (Wawasee Area Conservancy Foundation), P.O. Box 548, Syracuse, IN 46567; the Colpitts Ministerial Scholarship Fund, Calvary Church, Syracuse; or the University of Indianapolis, Colpitts Scholarship Fund.

A special grateful, heartfelt thank you is extended from Neoma’s family to the entire staff of Orchard Creek, Traverse City.

McComb and Sons Funeral Home, Fort Wayne, is assisting with arrangements. To sign the online guest book and share memories, visit www.mccombandsons.com.

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