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Shirley Kennedy Hite, 92, of Erie, Pa., formerly of New Castle, passed away on Dec. 24, 2017, at Ball Pavilion in Erie, Pa.
Born on June 3, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Margaret Williams Kennedy. She married Richard T. Hite on Feb. 25, 1947. He preceded her in death Dec. 8, 2004.
Mrs. Hite was a 1943 graduate of New Castle High School, where she was a class officer and also served on the reunion committee. After high school, she attended Jameson School of Nursing and graduated in 1946. She is a member of the Jameson Alumni.
Shirley had many interests and hobbies. Among some of her favorites were volunteering with Red Cross and Meals on Wheels and visiting every state in the United States with her husband.
She was a former member of Second United Presbyterian Church. She was a charter member of New Covenant Evangelical Presbyterian Church, where she taught Sunday school, was a choir member, a deacon, was a member of the sewing ladies and Martha Circle.
She was an executive board member of Church Women United, Almira Home in New Castle, and was also a member of New Castle City PTA.
Shirley also loved to spend time with her family. She is survived by a daughter, Patti (Paul) Niedomys of North East, Pa.; three sons, Thomas (Linda) Hite of Charleston, S.C., David (Carol) Hite of Lynden, Wash., and William (Paula) Hite of Amherst, Mass.; one sister, Mariellen Fletcher of New Castle; eight grandchildren, Sarah Spencer, Zachary Hite, Dave Hite, Laura Fisher, Lauren Valerio, Olivia Hite, Marlena Hite and Mark Niedomys; seven great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Along with her husband, she was preceded her by her parents and three brothers, Jack, Thomas and William Kennedy.
Visitation will be Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the R. Cunningham Funeral Home and Crematory Inc., 2429 Wilmington Road, New Castle.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Dec. 30, at the New Covenant Evangelical Presbyterian Church at 11 a.m. with Pastor Chris Curtis officiating.
Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery.
The family would like to thank the staff of Brevillier Village for their kindness, compassion, dignity and respect shown to our mom and grandmother. We especially wanted to express sincere gratitude to the "B" wing staff for their outstanding professionalism, support, and consideration shown to all the residents.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Brevillier Village Foundation, 5416 E. Lake Road, Erie, Pa. 16511 or to New Covenant Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 1911 Harlansburg Road, New Castle, Pa. 16101.
Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.cunninghamfh.com.
Published on December 27, 2017
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