|Birth: ||Sep. 22, 1925|
|Death: ||Dec. 3, 2011|
ODESSA Ellen Addalene "Addie" Zugg Petty gently went into the arms, of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, on the morning of December 3, 2011. Meeting her was her husband of 62 years, Col. Morris E. Petty.
She was also preceded in death by her parents, Willie Jacob Zugg and Pearl (Cavin) Zugg Cranford, brothers "Jake" Zugg, Jr, John Day Zugg, Rev. P. Vano Zugg, James R. Zugg, and sister Evie Cranford Kail.
She is survived by daughter and son-in-law Sandy and Bill Utsler, son Morris Petty Jr. and grandson Billy Utsler.
Graveside services were held Monday, December 5, 2011, conducted by Rev. and Mrs. David Pistone.
Addie was born on September 22, 1925, at Redlands, near Gladewater, TX. Her father was overjoyed to have a daughter after four sons. She was premature, and in those days was not expected to live. She was kept in a shoebox in the oven and fed drops of whiskey by an older African-American lady! She had a determined will to survive.
At age four, with the coming of the great depression, her newly widowed mother could not care for all of the kids, and while her aunts volunteered to take some of them, her mother wanted them all together. Until she was able to care for them herself, they stayed at the Corsicana State Orphanage. After her mother married Henry Cranford, the family was reunited and moving west, they lived in Tahoka, Hobbs, and McCamey, all the while surviving a tornado in 1937.
The family first came to Odessa in 1935, when Grant Avenue stopped at the Kermit Highway as a dirt trail. They lived in a tent at 13th and Jackson streets until a house could be built. She had a fiercely, devoted love for her mother. She worked for a while at the L&H Drugstore and at the telephone company. Addie always said that she lived a fairy tale life.
On October 30, 1942, at Immanuel Baptist Church, she married the love of her life, Morris Petty, who was stationed at Midland Army Airfield during World War II. They spent thirty years in the U.S. Air Force in various places such as Germany, Greece, Washington, and California.
Before they were married, however, Morris took her to the Elliott Hotel in Odessa for a meal. She was so shy she did not order anything! Morris always said she made up for it after they married. She loved to travel, feed the birds, crochet, and read the Bible.
Her Zugg ancestors fled Berne, Switzerland, where they had endured prison for their religious faith. They came to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and settled as part of the Pennsylvania Dutch community. Other family lines settled Plymouth Colony in 1620, and some had at one time owned land where the World Trade Center stood. Others helped Jamestown Colony grow in Virginia. Many lines moved farther to the south and helped settle Maryland, South Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi and Louisiana. Her father worked with the railroad and operated a small general store.
Dear God, thank you for the blessings of our mother, "Memo," who taught us faith, wisdom, kindness, and love. We will meet again in Heaven. Psalms 31: "…Strength and honor are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come. She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. Her children arise up and call her blessed, her husband also, and he praiseth her. Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all."
Published in Odessa American on December 6, 2011
Morris Petty (1920 - 2005)
Sunset Memorial Gardens
Plot: Harmony, Plot 19, Space 2.
Created by: Cristy
Record added: Apr 27, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 89188672
Wow, you did live a "fairy tale life". God Bless and keep you in his arms.|
Joyce Edgar Phipps
Added: May. 5, 2012
Added: Apr. 27, 2012