Lucile Cooper Pettie, 94, of Wichita Falls, formerly of Olney, passed away on Thursday, January 24, 2019.
A memorial service is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on Monday, January 28, 2019, at First Presbyterian Church Chapel with Dr. Isaac Butterworth officiating. The family will receive visitors in the church atrium following the service. Private interment will follow at Graceland Cemetery, Jermyn, Texas. Arrangements are under the direction of Lunn’s Colonial Funeral Home.
Lucile Cooper Pettie was born on May 19, 1924, to Spurgeon and Lorena (Newman) Cooper in Forest, New Mexico. In 1926, they returned to the family ranch in the Gertrude Community, north of Jermyn in Jack County. In 1941, Lucile graduated from Jermyn High School and enrolled in Texas State College for Women (now Texas Woman’s University) graduating in 1945 with a degree in Kindergarten-Primary Education. She taught two years in Perryton, Texas, before moving to Fort Worth to teach elementary school, and soon thereafter transferred to the Special Education Department where she taught speech and lip reading to deaf and hard of hearing children. Lucile’s post-graduate work was done at Central Institute for the Deaf in St. Louis, Missouri, North Texas University, Southern Methodist University and Midwestern University.
In 1950, Lucile and Herbert Pettie were married in the Little Chapel in the Woods on the TWU campus. They lived in Fort Worth before moving to Olney in 1955. In 1957, she began teaching third grade in Olney where she taught until her retirement in 1984. Lucile enjoyed her family, reading, travel and music. She was an elder in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, a member of Amity Club and Retired Teachers Association.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 1993 and her sister, Meredith Cooper Essex of DeWitt, Arkansas, in 1985; and son-in-law, John Bradshaw in 2016. She is survived by her daughter, Elaine Bradshaw Morgan and husband, Paul Morgan of Fort Worth, TX; and granddaughter, Holly Hinson, MD of Portland, Oregon. She is also survived by three nephews and their wives, Stewart and Sharon Essex of Coy, AR; Jess Essex; and Cooper and Connie Essex, all of DeWitt, AR; and one niece, Sarah Essex of Denton, TX.
The family is deeply grateful for the wonderful care Lucile received at Presbyterian Manor and from Hospice of Wichita Falls.
For those desiring, memorial contributions may be sent to the Graceland Cemetery Association, 604 FM 1191, Jermyn, TX 76459; The Alzheimer’s Association of North Central Texas, 2630 West Freeway, Suite 100, Fort Worth, TX 76102 or The Good Samaritan Fund of Presbyterian Manor, 4600 Taft Blvd, Wichita Falls, TX 76308.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.lunnscolonial.com.