Ruth Ann Pitts

January 19, 1928December 22, 2011

Ruth Ann Pitts of Fort Smith,, Arkansas passed away on December 22, 2011 following a brief illness. Ruth Ann Taylor was born January 19, 1928; she lived in the Saratoga area for many years and was a graduate from Ballston Spa High School . Ruth moved to Scotia , NY in 1959 when she married Clark Fonda, who pre-deceased her in 1998. Ruth and Clark were professional magicians, known as “The Fabulous Fondas” who performed locally and traveled extensively throughout the world on many cruise ships. She was also a popular and talented solo magician, and enjoyed the unofficial title of “Goddess of Gaslight Village” in Lake George . Ruth was an active member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians (IBM) and the Society of American Magicians (SAM), and was an avid bowler and talented artist. Ruth married Bill Pitts in 2000, and relocated to Fort Smith , Arkansas where she enjoyed many years performing magic shows with Bill throughout the country, and being very active in their church, and American Legion Auxiliary organizations. Ruth is survived by her husband, Bill Pitts, of Fort Smith , AR ; her four loving daughters: Janice Baird of Ballston Spa , NY ; Patricia Fonda of Briarwood, NY; Susan Dunbar of Galway , NY ; and Jo Newell of Amherst , NH ; three step-children, Debbie Moulton of Fort Smith, Bill David Pitts of Charleston, AR, Becky Barton of Greenwood, AR,; a step-brother, Bill White of Texas. She is also survived by seven grandchildren: Jeremy Baird, Jeffery Baird, Jason Baird, Jessica Creter, Adam Dunbar, Anjelica Newell, and Sam Newell; and five great grandchildren: Andrew Baird, Collin Baird, Hayden Cahill, Mattingly Creter, Sebastian Creter, as well as six step- grandchildren, and one step- great grandchild. Ruth was an eternal optimist who kept her focus on the bright side of life, and frequently quoted, “the show must go on!”

Memorial service will be 10:00 AM Saturday, Dacember 24, 2011 in Roebuck Chapel at First United Methodist Church. Services and cremation are under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home.

Memorials may be sent to American Legion Auxiliary, 4901 ½ Midland Blvd, Fort Smith, AR 72904.

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Olga P.

December 31, 2012

My condolences to the Pitts family. May you find comfort from God's word recorded at Ecclesiastes 9:5, 10 regarding the loss of your loved one.

Mary Ann Campbell

January 24, 2012

Bill, I'm sorry you've lost Ruth, but oh, so glad you two found one another and have enjoyed and enriched the fellowship of magic. Wow, what a couple you've been. My thoughts are with you.
Mary Ann

Ryan Cobb

December 30, 2011

Ruth you will be missed dearly never seen you with out a smile on your face

Rod Sipe

December 30, 2011

Bill, so sorry to hear of your loss. Ruth always added that something extra to any show or event that she was a part of. A one of a kind Lady.

Mike and Jo Jones

December 30, 2011

Bill and Family, it is with much sadness that we send our love and sympathies to you. I (Jo) loved Ruth! She was my inspiration and encourager. I will miss her greatly.
We love you and will be praying for you.

Dale Salwak

December 30, 2011

Bill, my heart goes out to you and your family over the passing of your dear Ruth. It has been a joy knowing both of you these many years, having you as guest performers at IBM Reno, and sharing many good times at conventions across the country - most recently IBM Dallas. I hope you know how very much Ruth was loved by all of us and how much she will be missed. Dale Salwak

December 27, 2011

To the family of Ruth Ann Pitts Taylor: I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one. May the God of all comfort help you during this time.
2 Cor. 1: 3, 4

Scott Pitts

December 25, 2011

Am very sorry to hear this!! I did not find out until after the fact. I feel very sorry , very sad for Bill ( grandpa ) ! It is so hard to lose the ones that you love so dearly , the ones we hold so close to our hearts. But this is not the Omega , it is Alpha of the Eternal Life!! So sorry to hear of your loss Papa!!

Jody Birchfield

December 24, 2011

I can't remember one encounter with Ruth where I didn't at some point end up laughing from her dry wit. She always had a great comment that could sum up the whole situation. She could elevate a linking rings routine to high art. And in the few years that I was lucky enough to know her, I'm certain I only scratched the surface of what a gem she really was. May God bless your family with His peace.

Jim Henson

December 24, 2011

The magic community will forever miss the elegant magic of Ruth and her rings. I'm sure she is entertaining the angels in heaven. Love forever Jim and Brenda Henson