Avo Gladys Irene Petty
(Irene), 98, went to heaven on January 4, 2021 after a short non-Covid related
illness at Hunt Regional Hospital in Greenville. She was a resident at
Briarcliff Health Center in Greenville. The family will hold a celebration of
life at a later time.
Irene was born on November 2,
1922 in Hunt County. She was the daughter of Clem L. & Altie Parish, had 2
brothers, Harrell & C.L. Parish, and 1 sister Bernice Poe who all preceded
her in death. Irene married William G. (Bill) Petty Sr. while he was serving in
the US Army just prior to the start of World War II. Later in life they had 2
sons, William Jr. & Mike. Mike & his wife Pam of Greenville, along with
her 3 children & their families and several nieces and nephews are the only
surviving family members. William Sr. was retired from Lone Star Gas and passed
in 1973 at the age of 68, & William Jr. from Gilbert, AZ passed in 2020 at
the age of 66.
Irene was a hard working
wife, mother, & keeper of the family. She retired from Walmart in
Greenville many years ago. She has continued to live at the family home until
she became a resident at Briarcliff just a couple of years ago. She was a
Baptist & lived her life led by that faith. Irene loved puzzles, crafts,
& crocheting. While at Briarcliff she passed the time making crotchet gifts
for her new friends and teaching others how to crotchet. Irene is now at home
with her lord & savior, Jesus Christ, where she has been prepared to go at
his calling for many years.