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 Willard Sitts

Willard Sitts

Birth
Champaign, Champaign County, Illinois, USA
Death 23 Jul 1958 (aged 62)
Wilder, Canyon County, Idaho, USA
Burial Wilder, Canyon County, Idaho, USA
Memorial ID 14164343 · View Source
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Willard was born on November 21,1895 in Champaign, Illinois to Martin and Emma (Walker) Sitts. He and his twin Wayne were number 6 and 7 of 9 children. He served in WWI. He married Emma Singleton on September 22, 1917 and they had a daugther, Virginia Lee. Willard served in the Army during WWI. Emma passed away on May 6, 1919 when Virginia Lee was just 5 months old leaving Willard to raise their baby girl alone. Willard moved back home with his parents with Virginia. He married Iva Edith Mattingly on November 2, 1921 in Missouri. Willard and Iva had 4 children, Willard (Junior), Calvin Ray, Betty Jean and Carol Dean (Bucky) and raised Virgina along with them. In 1935 the family moved to Idaho.

In 1939 they gave a small piece of land to start a Free Holiness Church in Wilder. Iva, Willard and her brother Marion and his wife Mamie helped build the church. They were very devoted to their church. The area where the Free Holiness Church was became known as "Sittsville". They had big vegetable an flower gardens; people from the area would stop by for flowers to decorate graves on Memorial Day.

I don't have any memories of my grandpa as he passed away on July 23, 1958 about a month after my first birthday after suffering a stroke many months earlier. He is buried in the Wilder Cemetery.


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  • Created by: Janet Sitts McDonald
  • Added: 4 May 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 14164343
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Willard Sitts (21 Nov 1895–23 Jul 1958), Find A Grave Memorial no. 14164343, citing Wilder Cemetery, Wilder, Canyon County, Idaho, USA ; Maintained by Janet Sitts McDonald (contributor 46803387) .