Della Claire Newitt
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.