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September 21, 1924 - February 26, 2009
Loving mother to Paul and Mark Newitt, Della passed away peacefully at the age of 84. We will greatly miss her wisdom, selflessness and compassion for life. Born in Yakima, Washington, Della was a descendant of Oregon Trail pioneers. Survived by Paul and Leia; Mark and Andrea, and grandchildren Benjamin, Nicole and Brianna Newitt. She worked for the Army Engineers in Seattle during World War II, meeting our father, Phil. A resident of Seattle Wa., Portland, Or., then Dixon in 1962, and Davis in 1977, she worked for the University of California, Davis for 29 years in the Landscape Horticulture dept., then the School of Medicine, Anesthesiology Dept. as an Administrative Assistant. Della loved fine art, literature, classical music, and interior design, with a well versed knowledge of plants and flowers. She also loved cats and butterflies. Her gentle nature and silent strengths will be missed by all who knew her. Memorial Service will be at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Davis, on March 7th, at 2pm. Inurnment with her mother in Yakima. Donations in her name can be made to the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, in the support of Butterflys.
Paul and Mark, I pray for your comfort and peace in this time of sadness and rememberance. Penny
Penny Warner Mar 8 2009 12:00 AM
Dear Paul, Mark & family, I was so sad to see your Mom's obituary. She was a special lady and a special friend, though we hadn't connected recently. I am so sorry that I cannot attend the service. My Mark (who lives with me) is very ill and I can't leave him. The prognosis is not hopeful at this point. But, I'll be thinking of you all. I'd like your addresses if you would like to send them to me. With my love and deepest sympathy. Meryllene
Meryllene Smith Mar 7 2009 12:00 AM
Dear and Paul, Mark, and Family, Your Mom was such a special person. I always admired her from the day I first met her and your family way back in August 1966. I'll always remember her. Love, Don
Don Hartman Mar 5 2009 12:00 AM