She was born September 1, 1930 to Samuel and Frances Cardella in Omaha, Nebraska.
Tillie married John A. Poe, Jr. on January 7, 1957. He preceded her in death on May 27, 1974. Later she married Edward Fitzpatrick on July 7, 1987 and he preceded her in death on May 2, 2010.
She was an Elementary Teacher for the St. Joseph School District for seventeen years.
Mrs. Fitzpatrick was a member of St. Francis Xavier Church, a lifetime member of Missouri Retired Teachers Association, a sustaining member of the St. Joseph Junior League, Delta Kappa Gamma, Kappa Chapter, St. Joseph Historical Society, the Albrecht Kemper Museum of Art, the Benton Club and the St. Joseph Country Club.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands; and sister, Marianne Meers. Survivors: son, John Poe; daughters, Joan Hutton (Doug), children, Tommy and Laura; Marcy George (David), child, John; four stepsons, Mike (Michelle), Dan (Kim), Joseph, and John Fitzpatrick; two step-daughters, Suzie Dunaway (Steve) and Sally Pickard (Michael); and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Interment Memorial Park Cemetery. The family suggests memorial gifts to MD Anderson Children's Art Project, Box 4489, Houston, Texas 77210-4489.