Patsy Michele Pettus – Obituary

by Lynn McMillen
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Patsy Michele Pettus, of Florence, passed into eternity on October 23, 2012, surrounded by her loving family. 

  
Patsy was born at ECM Hospital on July 15, 1966, and grew up near Blue Water Creek in Palestine, AL.  She graduated from Rogers High School in 1985, where she lettered in basketball.  Patsy graduated from the University of North Alabama in 1988 with a degree in Social Work, and received her Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Tennessee – Nashville, in 1999.
 
Patsy served as a psychotherapist and social worker (2001-2002) in Florence, AL, was Service Coordinator at the community mental health center in Russellville, AL (2002-2007), and served as Court Liaison and Clinical Social Worker for the psychiatric unit of ECM from 2007 until her retirement in 2011.
 
Patsy is survived by her parents, Jack and Marcell Pettus of Lexington, AL, her sister, Paula Crafton (Robin) of Killen, AL, her brother Jackie Pettus (Laura) of Alexandria, VA, and her partner, Faith Fulmer of Florence.  She is survived by her nieces, Leslie and Morgan Crafton, and her nephew Clay Crafton, all of Killen, Ala.  As a daughter, sister, aunt, partner and friend, Patsy was a loving spirit and role model for living a life of quality.  Patsy was a member of Green’s Chapel United Methodist Church, Lexington, AL,
                                                                                                      
Patsy believed that, if one listened closely, a walk in the woods provided the best opportunity to hear the voice of God.  She attained success as defined by Ralph Waldo Emerson: “To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children… to leave the world a better place… to know even one life breathed easier because you have lived.”
 
A memorial service is scheduled for Friday, October 26, at 6 p.m. with the visitation beginning at 5 p.m. at Greenview Funeral Home.  Officiating will be the Rev. Audie Hodges.
 
In lieu of flowers, Patsy would urge her friends to send donations to the American Cancer Society, 104 S. Poplar Street, Florence, AL 35630.
 
An online guest book may be viewed and signed at greenviewmemorial.com.
 
Arrangements by Greenview Funeral Home.
 
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