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Ruthellyn "Petie" Maddox Obituary
September 17, 1925 - May 20, 2015 Ruthellyn "Petie" Maddox, 89, passed away peacefully on May 20, 2015, surrounded by family. Petie was born in Anaheim in 1925, grew up on an orange grove in Fullerton, started out as a waitress at Knott's Berry Farm, and became a fashion model. She married Earl Miles, a decorated Marine combat pilot, and had two sons, Greg and Chris. Earl was killed in 1952 while serving in Korea. In 1955, she married J. Robert Maddox, a former WWII Navy pilot and prominent Beverly Hills attorney. They settled in Brentwood and had two sons, Jay and Brian. Petie loved spending time with her family and she remained very close to her four sons throughout her life. She doted on her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Petie will always be remembered as a very elegant and stylish lady. She was an amazing hostess, a great cook, and always loved a good party. Petie was a long time member of the Bel Air Country Club and the Jonathan Club. She was very social and had many friends who loved her. Petie enjoyed family vacations at Mammoth and entertaining family and friends at her cottage on Lido Peninsula. She often visited her son Brian and his family in New York. Petie loved to travel and toured Europe, Africa, the Caribbean, the Far East and South America. She golfed and skied well into her 70s. Petie supported many charitable organizations, including The Assistance League and The Blind Children's Center. She was a connoisseur of world literature and read two or three books a week. Petie was a member of LACMA and a lover of classical music, jazz, ballet and opera. Petie was very independent and determined, setting a great example for her family. She never allowed adversity to overcome her. She endured the tragic loss of her first husband during the Korean War, leaving her widowed with two young boys. She survived breast cancer in the mid-1960s. She also endured the loss of J. Robert Maddox, her devoted husband for 35 years. Petie will be greatly missed by her friends and family. She is survived by her brother, Don Thurman (wife Louise); her sons Greg Miles (wife Jane Casanova): Chris Miles, Jay Maddox (wife Gia Crecelius MD), Brian Maddox (wife Karen Orloff); eight grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. She is also survived by Anita Domiguez, who lived with and took care of Petie and her household for 56 years. Petie was also very grateful for the care provided by her daughter-in-law Jane in the final weeks of her life. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation in Petie's memory to the Foundation for breast cancer research ( http://ww5.komen.org/) A celebration of Petie's life will be planned shortly. Please email [email protected] for further information.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on May 24, 2015
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