Miriam Pettus Shapcott

Miriam Pettus Shapcott age 89, passed away peacefully, Sunday, February 26, 2012, at her home in Staunton, VA. She will be truly missed by all who knew and loved her. Born in Fort Mill, South Carolina, "Mim" Shapcott was one of 7 children born to the late Dallas W. Pettus and Beulah P. Pettus. She graduated from Indian Land High School in Fort Mill and served her country by joining the WAVES in 1942. After registering in Columbia, S.C., she was transferred for duty at Hunter College, in the Bronx, NY, for Basic Training and then transferred to American University in Washington, D.C. for teletype and cryptography training. There she earned her insignia for radioman in communication and received the meritorious conduct award of "Ribbon Bar of the Navy Unit Commendation" from the United States Naval Communications Intelligence Organization. In 1944, she was honorably discharged and returned to Fort Mill where she worked for Western Union in Charlotte, N.C., before moving to Philadelphia in 1945. There, a love was re-kindled with her future husband, William E. Shapcott, Jr. who had returned following the war. They were married in June, 1946. Beginning in 1951, the family resided in Ambler, PA. until retiring to Fort Mill, SC. Mrs. Shapcott was a member of Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church in Fort Mill, SC and Calvary Methodist Church in Ambler, PA. She was quite an athlete, having played basketball early on during her years in school and enjoying golf throughout her lifetime. She was also an avid bridge player who took pride with each Masterpoint level she achieved. Genuinely caring for others, she was actively involved in the Rebekahs as well as a volunteer for Hospice. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, William, and brothers William, Thomas and Aaron Pettus, and grandson, Cameron. Surviving are sisters, Ruth Byrd of N. Myrtle Beach, S.C. and Virginia Danenhower of Rock Hill, S.C.; her brother Joseph Pettus of Fort Mill, S.C.; her sons William E. (Debbie) Shapcott, III of Colmar, PA., George R. (Anne) Shapcott of Scottsdale, AZ. and Dr. Thomas A. (Karen) Shapcott of Staunton, VA.; 9 grandchildren Joshua, Isaac, Melissa, Caroline, Justin, Tracy, Morgan, Megan and Molly, and 4 great-grand children, Kelcie, Ian, Lily and Aiven. A memorial service will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to any local Hospice or Veterans Service organization, as well as Pleasant Hill or Calvary Methodist Church.

Published in Montgomery Newspapers on Mar. 2, 2012