Lou Litton

Obituary of Lou Litton

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Lou Ann Litton, a longtime resident of Lawrenceville, NJ, died at Potomac Homes Memory Care in Princeton on Monday July 9 at the age of 77 after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. Lou Ann was born in Perkins, OK and grew up in Charleston, WV. She earned a Bachelors of Science in Chemistry from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Following graduation she moved to New Jersey and was employed by Esso Research and Engineering Corporation (now Exxon Mobil) in the information division for nearly a decade. Her skills in Science, Chemistry, German and French prepared her career as a writer and abstractor of technical journals and patents. Following many years as a "super-mom" raising four children, she attended Mercer County Community College and received an Associate's Degree in Computer Programming. She was then employed in full and part-time positions at Educational Testing Service, the Mercer County Court House and in various volunteer organizations. She was a longtime parishioner at Trinity Episcopal Church in Princeton. Lou Ann had many interests, including pottery and glass, bird watching, gardening, sewing, cooking, antiques, furniture refinishing, reading and music. Her attention to detail enabled her to master these interests. During her junior high and high school years in Charleston, she became a highly accomplished cellist and was the youngest member of the semi-professional Charleston Symphony Orchestra. She continued to play in orchestras and chamber music groups until family demands limited her time to continue as a musician. Lou Ann was a quiet-spoken, and even shy person, but especially in raising four active children, one look of her intense blue eyes and her particular facial expression produced instant results. During recent years she greatly enjoyed joining her husband, Jim, during many tours with the American Boychoir throughout the United States and in Europe and Asia. Following retirement they enjoyed several trips to Europe until the progress of Alzheimer's made travel impossible. She met her future husband James (Jim) Litton in the seventh grade and they were married nearly 55 years ago. Before returning to New Jersey 44 years ago they lived in Southport, CT, Canterbury, England and Indianapolis, IN. Lou Ann was predeceased by her parents Ermal Lee (Ed) and Irene Lily Hall and her sister Judith Kay Dodd. She is survived by her husband, James Howard, her children and their spouses Bruce Edward and Patricia Litton of Bedminster, NJ, Deborah Ann and James Purdon of Maplewood, NJ, David Allan Litton and Carol Dingeldey of West Hartford, CT, and James Richard (Rick) and Alysia Litton of Sea Girt, NJ and grandchildren Kiersten Blue and James Kyle Litton and Matthew Blakely Litton. She is also survived by her sister and brother in law Betty and William Ray and by several nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements are provided by Mather Hodge Funeral Homes 40 Vandeventer Avenue in Princeton and visiting hours will be on Friday July 13 from 6 to 8 PM. In thanksgiving for the life of Lou Ann, a Requiem Eucharist will be celebrated at Trinity Episcopal Church, 33 Mercer Street in Princeton on Saturday July 14 at 2 PM. A reception in the church social hall will follow the service. In place of flowers the family requests that contributions be made to Trinity Church Princeton, Trinity Cathedral, 801 West State Street, Trenton or to the American Boychoir School, 19 Lambert Drive, Princeton.
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