Eloise Estelle Pettus
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Eloise Estelle Pettus
  • January 19, 1926 - April 20, 2017
  • Texas

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Dr. Eloise S Pettus, 91, passed away Thursday, April 20, 2017. Funeral Services are scheduled for 2:00pm on Saturday, April 29, 2017, at the Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 5701 Highway 277 South. Visitation is scheduled for 10:00am until noon on Saturday, April 29, 2017, at the funeral home. Burial will immediately follow in Elliott-Hamil Garden of Memories Cemetery.
Eloise Spencer was born to Thomas Fred Spencer and Myrtle (Landrum) Spencer in Jackson, Mississippi, and grew up in Clinton, Mississippi, where she graduated from Mississippi College. She married Daniel Pettus on February 14, 1946. They lived in Jackson, Mississippi, where Eloise served as WMU President at Robinson Street Baptist Church. When Daniel was transferred to New Orleans, Louisiana, Eloise taught a Women's Sunday School class and worked with Sunbeams at Metairie Baptist Church. When Daniel was transferred to Atlanta, Georgia, they resided in Smyrna, Georgia, and Eloise again taught a Women's Sunday School class at King Springs Baptist Church.
While in Georgia, she went to Oglethorpe University and was certified to teach. She taught several years at Norton Park Elementary School in Smyrna, Georgia. She later attended Emory University and graduated with a Master's degree in Librarianship, and became a school librarian at Norton Park Elementary School and Kenwood Elementary School in Smyrna, Georgia. Later, she attended Florida State University and earned a Ph.D. in Library Science. When Daniel retired, Eloise taught at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, and at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
After she retired from teaching they moved to Abilene, Texas where Daniel died (a few years later) in 2001. She was a member of Abilene Women's Club, American Library Association, Abilene Quilters Guild, Thursday Quilters, Retired Teachers Association, and attended Rose Park Senior Center. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Abilene and was a member of the Lightbearers Sunday School Class until it dissolved, then she went into the Fellowship Class. She was a member of the Senior Choir, Women on Missions, LLL (Live Long and Love it).
Her hobbies included sailing on cruise ships, making quilts, completing crossword puzzles, and watching Texas Rangers baseball games. She has made many quilts over the years for the West Texas Rehab auction, and has made quilts for children both in the U.S. and overseas. Additionally, she has knitted caps for children both in the U.S. and overseas.
Surviving are her son, Danny and wife, Jan of Taylorsville, Georgia; two brothers, Thomas Fred Spencer, Jr. and wife, Jenny of Ellijay, Georgia, and James Walter Spencer and wife, Jessie of Mt. Dora, Florida; and several nieces and nephews, and great nieces and great nephews.