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Emily J. Fitch
Emily J. Fitch
Emily Jane was born to the late Pearl Olivia Brisker and James Leon Woods on July 12, 1943 in Alexandria, Louisiana. Here she resided for a short moment before her family relocated to Brooklyn, New York when her mother remarried to a great man, the late Sidney J.Thomas Jr. who she was proud to call “Pop.”
Emily attended Brooklyn Public Schools until her family moved to Freeport, Long Island, New York. Emily’s family were members of Memorial Presbyterian Church in Roosevelt, New York where she enjoyed her Sundays singing in the choir with her siblings, Terry and Martha. She received her high school diploma with honors from Freeport High School and went on to pursue her dreams of fashion merchandising at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. Emily later obtained her associate degree from Nassau Community College and shortly after went on to marry the love of her life, Harold Fitch on October 9, 1966. Of this amazing union came two children, Chrystal Renee and Daniel Harold.
Emily and Harold seemed to have taken on the world, moving over eleven times since Chrystal was born. From New Jersey to Connecticut to Long Island, New York and back to New Jersey and who’s counting the few different cities in these states. Throughout the many times they relocated, Emily started out as a ‘stay at home mom’ until Chrystal and Danny began school. She later taught home economics at the Roselle Adult Community Center and worked at Bradlees, Caldors and Pathmark. Once Emily felt they were finally settling down in Roselle, she found herself a career as a Customer Service Representative at Allstate Legal Supply in Cranford New Jersey. During her 23 years at AllState she was awarded the Million Dollar Sales Representative Award twice and happily retired at the age of 66.
In 1996, Emily was diagnosed with Breast Cancer for the first time in her left breast. After receiving a lump-ectomy shortly after her diagnosis, she was cancer free for 8 years. Now living in Willingboro, NJ where the couple made their final move in 1997, Emily lived where she considered her “favorite place” of all time, Gafney Lane. She
often reflected on the “happy times and great family gatherings” in that home. In 1998, they joined Tabernacle Baptist Church in Burlington, New Jersey under the Pastorate of Reverend Richard W. Jones. Emily was a proud member of the Gospel Chorus, and trust that she never missed a Sunday, not even in a pandemic.
A few months after her beloved husband, Harold of many years passed in 2004, Emily was diagnosed with Breast Cancer of the right breast. This time a bit different than the first, Emily went through extensive chemotherapy and radiation treatments, yet was extremely determined that she was going to beat cancer and cancer was not going to
beat her. And our SHERO did just that, through God’s grace, Emily began living cancer free again and enjoying her favorite things to do.
Now retired from AllState, Emily had all the time in the world to be the artsy, crocheting, line dancing chef that was involved in just about everything. Emily was a proud member of the Red Hat Society Organization, known as the “Red Hatters,” rarely ever missed Wayne’s World Line Dancing class at JFK and was committed to her Tuesdays at the Willingboro Senior Center. She was the photographer at every event, making sure she got just enough pictures for her scrapbooks. Still making time to crochet her nieces’ Christmas gifts and avidly seek anyone with a newborn baby to make them little pink or blue crochet booties and a the warmest blanket. Not to mention the little time left for the million requests of her world renowned pound cake.
After fourteen years in remission in 2018, Emily was diagnosed with Breast Cancer yet again resulting in having a bilateral mastectomy leaving her in remission two years. In 2020, Emily was diagnosed with Metastatic Breast Cancer for the fourth time. Still, not an ounce of worry or doubt in her spirit, Emily accepted her condition and turned lemons into lemonade. She continued to be prayerful and devoted herself to living every moment how she wanted. Sometimes that meant baking two cakes at 1 o’clock in the morning or dancing up and down her hallway, watching HGTV or The Food Network all day which resulted in ordering three of the same sofa three times or her saying “say, I have a taste for..” (the most specific order you could possibly think of). She spent her last months enjoying moments with her granddaughter Zoie, who gave her the biggest burst of energy!
On July 8, 2021 Emily peacefully gained her wings after a lifetime of living with light, strength and energy that she could only credit one source for, God. Emily was predeceased in death by her lifetime love, husband, Harold Fitch, brother-in-law, Howard Fitch and brother, James T. Woods. She leaves to cherish her memories, to her loving children, Chrystal Renee and Daniel Harold (Zarinah). Four precious grandchildren; Felicia Che’von, Corey Paige, Corrine Renee, and Zoie Mahogany Pearl. Two precious great grandchildren; King Stefan and Leila Simone. One sister, Andrea Jones and two brothers, Derek Francis and Anthony Greer. Her sister-in-laws, Helen Fitch, Martha Woods and Paula Malloy and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and many lifelong friends.
Emily J. Fitch, of Burlington, NJ passed away on Thursday, July 8, 2021. A Memorial Celebration of her life will be held Thursday, July 29, 2021 11 AM at the Tabernacle Baptist Church, 150 E. 2nd St. Burlington, NJ. Calling hour 10 AM until time of service. Service to the family by the TL Hutton Family and Friends Funeral Services, 869 Beverly Road, Burlington, NJ. Services will be live streamed at tabernacle-burlington.org
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