Virginia Louise Givans Pettit, age 89, departed this life at 5:45pm on Tuesday, May 29, 2012, at her home at Greenfield Senior Living in Oak Ridge.
She was born on July 26, 1922, in Ava, Missouri, to Wm. Franklin and Blanche Lytle Givans. She graduated from Ava High School in 1940.
On October 15, 1943, she married Bill H. Pettit, her high school sweetheart, who was home on leave from the US Marine Corps. He went back to San Diego, CA, and she went back to the Kahler School of Nursing in Rochester, MN, where she graduated as a registered nurse in 1944. She was the school nurse for 1,700 children in the Ava Public Schools for 17 years.
After retirement, she and Bill moved to Springfield, MO, where they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in1933. Bill died on August 31, 1996. In January, 2002, Virginia moved to Oak Ridge. She was active in St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, and the St. Stephen's Piecemakers. She enjoyed reading, sewing, needlework, and playing Hand and Foot, Scrabble, and other word and board games.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her beloved husband, Bill, and her brother, Robert Lytle Givans.
She is survived by two daughters, Linda Pettit Felton and her husband, Rear Admiral Lewis A. Felton, USN(ret) of Oak Ridge, TN, and Susan Pettit of Harpswell, Maine, and a son, Robert L. Pettit and his wife, Sandy Wilson, of Round Hill, VA. She is also survived by four much-loved grandchildren, David M. Felton of Oak Ridge, TN, W. Christopher Pettit of Gaithersburg, MD, Sara Susan Pettit of Washington, DC, and Andrew S. Pettit of New York, NY, as well as thirteen nieces, one nephew, and a host of other relatives and friends.
A memorial service will be held at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Oak Ridge on Saturday, June 9, 2012, at 11:00am, with the Rev. Dr. G. David Lovett officiating. Another service and interment of ashes will be held in Ava, MO, at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations to St. Stephen's Music Fund, Emory Valley Center Capital Campaign, or the Alzheimer's Association.