Esther Marie Petitt, 85, of Cape Girardeau, passed away Thursday, February 11, 2021 at the Chaffee Nursing Center in Chaffee, MO.
Esther was born March 16, 1935 in Greenville, MS the daughter of the late Thomas and Esther Eubanks Mann. She first married Jesse Kelley who passed away in 1997; her second marriage was to Marion Petitt who passed away in 2007.
Esther was a graduate of Thebes High School. She worked in health care for many years retiring from Parkwood Manor in 2007. Esther loved to tell stories spending time with her family watching westerns. She was a proud member of the VFW Aux in McClure, IL.
Loving survivors include two daughters Nicole Petitt of Cape Girardeau and Deborah Kennedy of Chaffee, three sons, Steve Kelley of Jackson, Mark (Patricia) Kelley of Cape Girardeau and Doug (Mary) Kelley of St, Charles, MO, a Sister Evelyn (Joe) Stocks of Florida, a brother Thomas (Naomi) Mann of Tamms, IL, her best friend Sharon White of Fredricktown, MO along with friends Wayne Baltzelle, Jake Wagnor and Jeanne Owens.
Also surviving are nine grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and six great-greatgrandchildren
In addition to her parents and husbands she was preceded in death by a sister Margaret Neatherly, a son Donald Kelley and a daughter Jessica Kelley.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Cremation was accorded by McCombs funeral home in Cape Girardeau.
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