Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
It is with deep sadness that we inform you that our sister, Alice Litov, surviving spouse of Rev. Tzvetan Litov, died on September 9, 2019.
Alice was a faithful companion as her husband began his ministry in Europe, then joined our conference in 1953, serving among us at Portola, Grace UMC San Francisco, First UMC Modesto (associate), St. Mark’s Bakersfield, and San Lorenzo churches before retiring in 1976.
Alice was a professional reading specialist for early elementary age children, as well as a tutor who taught English as a second language. She would arrive early for her hair appointments to teach her hairdresser’s child, an immigrant from Taiwan, how to speak English. She filled her life with outreach and charitable work, which was her passion. Some of the charitable work she most loved was taking food to shut-ins and knitting items for infants in the hospital. Children were drawn to her and quickly grew to adore her, including one child who spontaneously said of her, “She’s the bestest lady in the land!”
She is survived by her children, Elizabeth Litov of Oakland, California; Richard Litov of Evansville, Indiana; and Lincoln Litov of Sparks, Nevada; and by one grandchild. Her husband died on September 24, 1997.
Condolences may be sent to her family at 19841 Carnation Lane, Castro Valley, CA 94546.
The memorial service will be private.
Gifts in memory of Alice may be sent to the United Methodist Committee on Relief, UMCOR, Advance GCFA, PO Box 9068, New York, NY 10087-9068, or to the charity of your choice.
Let us continue to give God thanks for Alice’s life and witness and hold her family close in prayer. In our living and in our dying, we belong to God! (Romans 14:8)
Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño
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