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Grace E. Pettit

June 6, 1930 ~ April 25, 2020 (age 89)


Grace E. Pettit, 89, of Union Springs, passed away peacefully at her home on April 25, 2020. Born in Montezuma on June 6, 1930, Grace was the daughter of the late Glen and Jessie Smith-Helmer. She was affectionately referred to as "Amazing Grace" by many who knew and loved her. Grace was as beautiful as the days are long and she left lasting impressions on all those she came in contact with. She enjoyed gardening and was very fond of her white magnolia tree that she loved to watch bloom every year. Grace loved to read, cook, and sit on her porch and watch the birds until the sun went down. She was known for her quick wit, her infectious smile, and her kind and compassionate spirit. Grace will forever be remembered by her children Donald Jay (Cindy) Pettit of Port Byron, Linda Yaw of Romulus, Terry Pettit of Union Springs, Christy (Mitchell) Roe of Union Springs, Mike (Diane) Pettit of Aurora, Barry Pettit of Aurora, and Carol "Sue" (Leland Jr.) Holmes of Jordan, her 15 grandchildren, her 17 great grandchildren, her sisters, Anita McBride and Gertrude “Gertie” Smith and several nieces and nephews. Along with her parents, Grace was predeceased by her husband, Donald W. Pettit in 1998, her son in law, David Yaw and her siblings, David, Larry, Vernon and Hazel. Services for Grace will be held privately for the family on June 6th, 2020 with interment in Evergreen Cemetery not far from the family home. Donations may be made to Hospice of the Finger Lakes or the Finger Lakes SPCA of CNY. Arrangements are with White Chapel Funeral Home Inc., Auburn. Please leave condolences at

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