Above: (L-R) President & Publisher of The New Citizens Press and Mary Lou Pittman at a Men Making a Difference (MMAD) fundraiser at Riverfront Apartments. Mary Lou will be missed by many. TNCP Photo
Mary Lou was born in Lansing, Michigan on February 7, 1936 to the late Foster Young and Lena Mae Lyles. She attended Lincoln Center, West Junior High and graduated from J. W. Sexton High School. Mary Lou retired from Michigan National Bank and Community Nursery. In 1953 Mary Lou united in Holy Matrimony to Willie Arthur Pittman Sr. This union was blessed with five children.
She received Christ at an early age and held fast to her faith. She served on the Usher Board and was a very faithful member of New Mount Calvary Baptist Church. She attended faithfully until she was called to be with The Lord. As God would have it, even through failing health, she was able to attend New Mount Calvary's 50th Anniversary service.
Mary Lou has been a community activist for a lifetime. She always enjoyed working behind the scenes with local politicians. She worked with City Council members, mayors and judges. Her career started back in 1960, when /joel Ferguson ran for City Council. One of her greatest accomplishment and goals was to get black residents to register and to vote.
Mary Lou was preceded in death by: her husband, Willie Arthur Pittman Sr.; daughter, Sherrill Pittman; son Willie Pittman, Jr.; brother Bobby Young; parents and grandparents.
On September 16th, Mary Lou departed this earthly life with her family by her side. She leaves to remember all her love and encouragement two daughter, Vanessa (Alvin) Bridges of Pontiac, Michigan, Adova (Leroy) Bridges of Lansing, Michigan; son Michael Pittman of Lansing; two sisters, Peaches (James) McClure and Penny Brewer, both of Lansing, 11 grand children; 18 great-grand children; adopted brother, Joel Ferguson, adopted daughter, Diane Flourry; adopted sons, Reverend Michael Murphy and Judge Hugh Clarke; special friends, Sue Williams and Ethel Pullum; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
This obituary was printed in the October 5, 2014 – October 18, 2014 edition.