Pamela Stitt
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This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Pam Stitt who was born in District of Columbia on September 27, 1934 and passed away on November 20, 2008 at the age of 74.  Her memory will remain in our hearts forever.

On Thursday, November 20, 2008 at Washington Hospital Center, PAMELA W. STITT, age 74 of Washington, DC, passed away after a sudden illness. A loving, caring person, Pam Stitt was the widower of saxophonist Sonny Stitt, an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, and for years a teacher in the DC public school system. She is survived by her two children, Katea and Jason; daughter-in-law Posie; cherished grandchildren Johanna, Noah, Raina and Jazzmin; great aunts Alverta and Emily Ghassaway; sister-in-law Teresa Gilmore; two nieces Kesha Gilmore and Pam Washington; and one nephew David Gilmore; a cadre of grand nieces and nephews; companion Jack French; goddaughter Wilda Evans; and her beloved dog Oops. In lieu of flowers, her children request that donations be made in memory of their mother to the Guillain-Barre Syndrome Foundation International - The Holly Building - 104 1/2 Forrest Avenue - Narberth, PA, 19072  Family will receive friends at 19th Street Baptist Church, 4606 16th St., NW on Tuesday, November 25.

Funeral Services for Pamela Stitt
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
19th Street Baptist Church 
4606 16th St., NW, WDC

10:00 am -  Viewing
10:30 am -  Delta Sigma Theta | Omega Omega Ceremony
11:00 am -  Homegoing Service
  2:00 pm -  Internment - Ft. Lincoln Cemetery
Address to contact the Stitt family:
8000 Greenwood Avenue  Apt. 2
Takoma Park, MD  20912
phone: 301-613-5578

Pamela Wanga Gilmore
was born in the District of Columbia on September 27, 1934, the only daughter of Burdell Wills and Wilfred Gilmore, Sr. She and her brother Wilfred Gilmore, Jr. grew up in Washington, DC on Quincy Place. As a native Washingtonian, Pam attended Cook Elementary, Shaw Junior High and graduated from Dunbar High School in 1952. She also joined Zion Baptist Church as a child under the Reverend A. Joseph Edwards.

Pam had a beautifully sweet singing voice. She sang in the Douglas Glee Club and the Zion Baptist Church Choir. In the late 1950’s she sang professionally as Pat Gilbert, opening for national acts and working as a guest artist with various jazz bands. In 1958 she made a special appearance with Eddie Jefferson who was just returning to the States after an international tour.

She was the opening act for jazz saxophonist Sonny Stitt, who was performing at the Howard Theatre. Sonny, who was immediately smitten, asked Pam out on a date on his next trip to Washington, DC and after a brief courtship he proposed marriage. The two were wed on January 15, 1960 at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church. Their daughter Katea was born September 15, 1964 and son Jason followed on December 12, 1969. Pam and Sonny joined the 19th Street Baptist Church where the children attended Sunday school and she sang in the Senior Choir.

In the late 1960’s Pam attended DC Teacher’s College, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education in 1969. In May 1977 she completed her Masters of Arts in Administration and Supervision at Federal City College, presently known as The University of the District of Columbia.

Armed with these degrees, she became an educational leader, putting twenty-four years of service into the DC Public School system at both Harriet Tubman and Meyer Elementary schools. An outstanding educator and dedicated teacher, Pam always received the highest possible ratings during the years that she taught. She sometimes “looped” with her classes, keeping the same students from first through the third grades or third through sixth grades. Pam was attracted to new and innovative techniques and had extensive experience in classroom pedagogy, classroom management, and whole language curriculum development. She was always ready to provide assistance to others.

Before retiring in 1994, she volunteered as floor chairman, and served as a grade level chairperson, pre/post Tutorial School Program Coordinator, and Union Building Representative for the Washington Teacher’s Union. Her life in teaching reached full circle in retirement when she returned as a substitute teacher to the Montgomery County School system, where she had a chance to substitute in her granddaughter’s class. Beyond retirement, Pam energetically engaged life at full tilt. She was a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Future Business Leaders of America, and the National Council of Negro Women. She was also a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Legacy Awards.

In 1982 her husband, the great saxophonist Sonny Stitt, died of lymphoma. Shortly after, Pam graciously accepted a BMI Award on behalf of her husband and represented Sonny Stitt at the Grammy Awards nomination.

Pam was a devoted family member. She provided loving and compassionate care to her maternal grandmother “Mumzie,” her Aunt Gladys and to her mother, Burdell, at their time of greatest need. Pam was always looking out for others. One neighbor referred to her as the neighborhood safety net. Kids knew to go see Mrs. Stitt if, for some reason, they were unable to go home.

Pam enjoyed life to the fullest. She was very stylish, vibrant, and engaging. She loved football and was an avid Redskins fan. Pam regularly attended the theatre, museums, and movies. She enjoyed dancing and loved music of all types from jazz to classical and pop. Her warm and open personality attracted friends and admirers wherever she went. Pam actively passed on her love of the arts to her children and grandchildren. She took her grandchildren on trips to New York to see Broadway plays and other activities to broaden their horizons. Her example inspired her daughter Katea, who is now a performing arts producer and son Jason, who is an eloquent vocalist and chef.

Pam Stitt is survived by her two children, Katea and Jason; daughter-in-law Posie; cherished grandchildren Johanna, Noah, Raina and Jazzmin; great aunts Alverta and Emily Ghassaway; sister-in-law Teresa Gilmore; two nieces Kesha Gilmore and Pam Washington; and one nephew David Gilmore; a cadre of grand nieces and nephews; companion Jack French; goddaughter Wilda Evans; and her beloved dog Oops. She is preceded in death by her parents, brother Wilfred Gilmore, Jr. and husband Edward Sonny Stitt.

Tributes and Condolences
great time in san diego   / Estrella/daisy Young/baber
great time was had by all that christmas in san diego/and fond memories long ago in saginaw,mich
christmas visit to san diego   / Frank /hildra Johnson
will miss our aunt pam/will remember fondly her visit with us christmas 2007 in san diego
much love.....   / Kim, Tom, And Nicole Chan (Katea's friends )
We hope you are finding comfort and peace with your family and friends and with many happy memories.
Thinking of you from so far away   / Debi Williams (Katea's old friend )
Matthew 5:4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. I love you and miss you old friend and thank God for the rich legacy and sweet memories you have to cherish. Debi WilliamsDouala, Cameroon
many sweet memories   / Lidia And Anya Pinebert (Katea & Johanna's friend )
We miss you and we love you. My mind's eye just saw you smile, Katea. My respect, my regards to you and yours. Much love to you and Johanna. Lidia & Anya
Love and Prayers for your Peace and Comfort  / Cindy Cooper (Friend of Jason Stitt's family )    Read >>
Love & Peace  / Alta Morton (Friend of Katea )    Read >>
Wishing you peace  / Suzan And Willard Jenkins (friend of Katea's, friend of Pam's )    Read >>
Sending Love, Light and Peace  / Gina Smallwood     Read >>
Blessed Luv  / Papa WaBe (friend of katea's )    Read >>
Much light  / Sunny Sumter (friend of Katea's )    Read >>
condolence / Greg Tate (friend of katea's )    Read >>
May you have peace  / Okolo Thomas-Toure (Friend of Katea's )    Read >>
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