Thelma Hidvegi Litts has been chosen Citizen of the Year and will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Jenkins Homecoming Festival Committee and City of Jenkins for 2010.
Mrs. Litts grew up in Whitesburg and attended the University of Louisville. She was the president and Panhellenic president of Delta Zeta before receiving her degree in chemistry in 1944.
She studied medical technology before returning to Letcher County and settling in Jenkins. She married Raymond C. Litts and had two children, Steven J. and Carol Anne.
Mrs. Litts has several life accomplishments that have directly helped the community of Jenkins. She was the only registered medical technologist in Letcher County for 10 years, working as part of the medical team that saved many lives in that span of years at Sharon Heights Hospital.
She worked 13 tireless years without a day off other than Sundays.
Mrs. Litts was a founding member of the Jenkins Public Library and served on the library board in the 1950s. She was a longtime member of the Jenkins Woman’s Club and the Jenkins United Methodist Church, and was a Sunday School teacher.
She later worked along side the late Dr. E.E. Musgrave to start the Jenkins Clinic Hospital.
In the late 1960s, she became certified to teach and taught chemistry and biology at Jenkins High School for four years. She also worked as a medical technologist at the MCHC medical clinic in McRoberts.
Mrs. Litts ended her career as office manager for Dr. George Davidson in Jenkins.
Mrs. Litts was named Letcher County Outstanding Citizen in 1957. She was named an honorary Kentucky Colonel in 1962.
Mrs. Litts’s family owned and operated The Flower House in Jenkins for 36 years, where she was often found helping out on busy days. In her younger days, she enjoyed playing golf and bridge.
She is proud to soon be 89 years old, and is looking forward to celebrating the ‘big 90’ in a few years. She lives in Jenkins with her two children.
Mrs. Litts will represent the City of Jenkins in the parade on Saturday, as grand marshal.