It is time to Celebrate the Life of Rachel S. Pitts!!
Rachel was born in Lakeland, Georgia on June 13th, 1921. She was the fourth of five children born to the union of Travis Suggs and Emma Johnson Suggs. In 1946 Rachel moved to Seattle from Jacksonville, Florida to wait for her husband’s return from the war. This transition was made easier by her supervisor of nursing who had a fellow nursing supervisor friend at Harborview Hospital. This friendship guaranteed Rachel a Registered Nurse position on the Communicable Disease ward. Three years later, Twelve additional nurses, graduates from the Brewster School of Nursing, had also migrated to Seattle. The racial prejudices and segregation of Seattle was the impetus for their forming the Mary Mahoney Professional Nurses Organization (MMPNO). The organization was established in Seattle on the 9th of July. In retirement Rachel was sure in her faith as a long-time active member of God’s Pentecostal Temple, on the corner of 16th and Fir in Seattle, WA. Church services will not be the same without Mother Pitts setting the beat on the base drum.
Rachel departed this life on April 4th, 2021 and was preceded in death by; her father, Travis Suggs; her mother, Emma Suggs; two brothers, Frank Suggs, and J.P. Suggs; three sisters, Pauline Suggs, Ruby Rackley, and Willie J. Knight.
Rachel S. Pitts leaves to celebrate her life and home going; one son, Matthew A. Jones Jr; two daughters, Angela Long and Cynthia Ransom; one son-in-law, Bishop Jesse Ransom; six grandchildren, Dayo Edwards (Kevin), Ain Powell, Kristopher Sullivan (Brandi), Gina Ransom, Leslie Ransom, Adrielle Long; eight great-grandchildren, Landon Ransom, Giselle Ransom, Adam Powell, Bree Sullivan, Naomi Powell, Judah Edwards, Kaleb Sullivan, Jonah Edwards; two nieces, Gloria Suggs-Williams, Deloris Milton; three nephews, Travis Knight, Al Knight, Joseph Suggs and a host of other relatives friends, and acquaintances.
Let us come together in our White/Off-White and Spring Pastels to send her off with honor and style:
-Date: Friday, April 23rd 2021
Time: 11am (doors open at 9am. Viewing at 10am. Burial after service)
Where: Church by The Side of the Road (3455 S 148th St, Tukwilla 98168)
Covid Precautions: Seating is limited. Please rsvp your intent to attend by calling 206.772.1441. Temperature check upon entry. Masks worn throughout whole service
Live Streaming: https://www.cbsr.org/
Well Done, Good and Faithful Servant....