|Birth: ||Sep. 10, 1984|
|Death: ||Apr. 12, 2010|
"A butterfly lights beside us like a sunbeam.
And for a brief moment its glory
And beauty belong to our world.
But then it flies again.
And though we wish it could have stayed …
We feel lucky to have seen it."
Vanessa Marie Pitts was born in Okinawa, Japan, on Sept. 10, 1984, at Lester Naval Hospital. She attended Oak Hill Elementary School on Eglin Air Force Base and completed middle school at Lewis Middle School in Valparaiso, Fla. She graduated from Niceville High School in 2003 and attended college at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville, where she studied to be an architect.
Vanessa joined the U.S. Air Force on Nov. 2, 2009, and graduated from basic military training. She then completed Technical Training School for logistic planning on March 25, 2010.
As a child Vanessa was very active with extra-curricular activities. She had a love for soccer, volleyball and track and field. In fact, during her elementary school years she won the 100-yard dash five years in a row. She was also a consummate performer and was not only involved in dance and drama but also played the piano.
Airman 1st Class Vanessa M. Pitts will always be remembered for her beautiful smile and kind heart. She had the gift of finding the good in everyone. Her energy and enthusiasm for life will never be forgotten by those who had the good fortune to know her.
Vanessa is survived by her parents, Charles and Maria Pitts of Niceville; her grandmother, Pastora Prado of Capira, Panama; grandmother, Sixta Sauri of Capira; her aunts and uncles, Alice and Carlos Howley of Rockford, Ill., Ralph and Juanita Pitts of Clay Center, Kan., Angela Montero of Capira, and Miguel and Lupe Chong Prado of Panama City, Panama; Eric Cocharan, the love of her life, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; and lots cousins both in the United States and Panama. She will also be remembered by all of the new, wonderful people she met in her Air Force family and her many friends across the country.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Junior and Edith Pitts and Juan B. Chong of San Carlos, Panama; and her uncle, Earl R. Pitts.
Created by: Ron Altman
Record added: Apr 21, 2010
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