Sharon Sue Hitchens, 67, went home to be with her Savior Thursday, June 28, 2012, from Bowling Green, Ky., Hospice.
She is survived by her mother, Ruth Anderson of Bokeelia; two brothers, Robert. W. (Bob) Phillips and Charles H. (Buddy) Phillips and his wife, Katie Phillips, all of Maryland; one daughter, Donita Sue Dick-erson of Aldie, Va.; and one son, Donald Dow Chamberlin and his wife Ayna Chamberlin of Bowling Green, Ky; four grandchildren, Ashley Marie Chamberlin of Fort Myers, David Arron Gerchikov of Nashville, Tenn., and Mason Michael and Grahm Andrew Dickerson of Aldie, Va.
She was born on Oct. 24, 1944, to Earmin Dow and Ruth Riggleman in Amarillo, Texas. She was raised in Riverdale, Md., and graduated from Bladensburg Senior High School in Bladensburg, Md., in 1962. She married Donald. D. Chamberlin on July 20, 1963, in Washington, D.C., and moved to Cozad, Neb., and Minneapolis, Minn. In the late '60s, she returned to the Washington, D.C., area where she raised her two children and worked in the medical field at Fairfax Hospital and in various doctor's offices.
Sharon Sue Hitchens
In the mid-1980s, she, her husband and son sailed their sailboat down the intercoastal waterway to Fort Myers. They anchored at Fisherman's Village and at Burnt Store Marina. In 1990, she was married a second time to Alan Hitchens of Bokeelia. While in Florida, she earned her bachelor of science degree in business from Edison College and worked at Cape Coral Hospital, Hope Hospice and Pine Island United Methodist Church. She led a women's Sunday school class for nearly five years and was an active member of the Emmaus community since 2002.
A memorial was held Saturday, July 7, at the Pine Island Methodist Church in Bokeelia.