Traverse City Record-Eagle

January 23, 2013

Neoma Irene Colpitts


TRAVERSE CITY — Neoma Irene Colpitts, 95, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, at Orchard Creek Assisted Living in Traverse City, with her daughter and son-in-law at her side. Neoma was born on Nov. 3, 1917, in Flint.

She earned her associate's degree from Flint Junior College in 1937 and her Bachelor of Arts degree from North Central College 1939.

On June, 14, 1941, she married A. Hunter Colpitts.

Neoma was a kindergarten teacher in Flint, a teacher of first and second grades in Mouton, Ohio, and a substitute teacher in the Wapakoneta, Ohio, public schools.

She was a former member of Crescent Ave. United Methodist Church, Fort Wayne, Ind., and also served as a second grade Sunday school teacher. She was an associate member of High Street United Methodist Church in Muncie, Ind., and was actively involved in the aftermath of the High Street Church explosion in 1978. Neoma was supporting member of Calvary United Methodist Church in Syracuse, Ind. Neoma was a member of P.E.O. Chapter, E.J.

As Hunter's loyal partner, Neoma lovingly embraced the many years of duties, responsibilities, joys and pleasures of the role of "The Minister's Wife".

Prior to Neoma's move to Traverse City, she enjoyed many years as a property owner in the wonderful community of Oakwood Park on Lake Wawasee. Neoma, Hunter, her family and friends made many happy memories there in their beloved little red cedar log cabin that they had built on the water. Later they constructed their second home next to the cottage and lived contentedly there full time after their retirement.

Surviving are her son, Craig Harrison (significant other, Faith) Colpitts, of Ballston Spa, N.Y.; daughter, Sarah Jane (Steve) Hall, of Traverse City; brother, James (Esther) DeMott, of Peoria, Ariz.; sisters, Pauline Ballou, of Kalkaska, and Thelma (David) McKellar, of Grand Blanc; grandchildren, Benjamin (Shelli) Finfrock, of Grawn, Katherine Finfrock, of Traverse City, Carrie Colpitts, of Chicago, Ill., Matthew Colpitts, of Ft. Wayne, Ind., Leah Masters, of Cedar, and James Hall, of Fife Lake; great-granddaughter, Rebekah Hlavka, of Grawn; brother-in-law, Donald Vogelsberg, of Chelsea; and many specially loved nieces and nephews.

Neoma was preceded in death by her parents, Harrison and Lona DeMott; husband, the Rev. Dr. A. Hunter Colpitts in 1994; sister, Juanie Vogelsberg; brother-in-law, Kenneth Ballou; and nephew, Kenneth "Chip" Ballou.

A service will be held at 11 a.m. Jan. 26, 2013, at Syracuse Calvary United Methodist Church, 801 South Huntington Street (Rt. 13), with a calling two hours prior. The Rev. Dale Mendenhall and the Rev. David Herr will officiate. Interment will take place on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at 2 p.m., at Lindenwood Cemetery, Fort Wayne, Ind.

A special, grateful, heartfelt thank you is extended from Neoma's Family to the entire staff of Orchard Creek, Traverse City.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions suggested are: W.A.C.F. (Wawasee Area Conservancy Foundation), PO Box 548, Syracuse, IN; The Colpitts Ministerial Scholarship Fund, Calvary Church, Syracuse, IN; or The University of Indianapolis, Colpitts Scholarship Fund.

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