Eugenia Ann Cowden Pettit

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EUGENIA ANN COWDEN PETTIT, 90, died of natural causes on Saturday, April 19, 2014 in Dallas, Texas, where she moved after Hurricane Katrina damaged her home in Old Metairie. Born on March 21, 1924 in Midland, Texas to Annie Mae and Guy Cowden, prominent West Texas ranchers, she was raised on a cattle ranch with her brother and sister, then graduated from Midland High School. She attended Southern Methodist University and the University of Texas before marrying petroleum geologist A. Edwin Pettit in 1947 and starting a family. Their children Suzanne, Michael, and Sally were born in Texas before the oil business called the family to New Orleans in 1954. She raised her family on Fairway Drive, adjacent to Metairie Cemetery, and eventually moved to Metairie; she and her husband also operated a cattle ranch in Pearl River County, Mississippi for many years and maintained a second home in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Active in schools, church, and other civic affairs, "Gene Ann" was a strong, gracious, and involved woman committed to her immediate and extended family. In Dallas, her long-time caretaker was Velda Wafer. Eugenia was pre-deceased by her husband, Edwin; her brother and sister-in-law, Guy Tom and Jean Cowden; her brother-in-law Walter Kellogg, and her daughter, Suzanne Pettit Tatum. She is survived by her sister, Marylee Cowden Kellogg, of Dallas; her son, Michael Edwin Pettit, of Santa Fe; her daughter, Sally Pettit Wimberly, of Metairie; and her grandchildren, Emily and Guy Pettit, Rhett and Walker Tatum, and Erin and Jack Wimberly; and her great-granddaughter, Elizabeth Mae Ward. Family and friends are invited to services on Saturday, April 26, at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. at 3 PM, with visitation beginning at 1:30. Interment will follow in Metairie Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Cancer Foundation for New Mexico, www.cffnm.org or P.O. Box 5038, Santa Fe, NM 87502. To view and sign the guest book, visit www.lakelawnmetairie.com.
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Published in TheNewOrleansAdvocate.com from Apr. 23 to Apr. 26, 2014
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