Maude Miller Pettus

  • Born: April 7, 1914
  • Died: April 22, 2017
  • Location: Stamford, Connecticut

Edward Lawrence Funeral Home

2119 Post Rd
Darien, CT 06820
Tel. (203) 655-6127

Tribute & Message From The Family

Maude Miller Pettus went home to be with the Lord at her home in Stamford, CT on April 22, 2017 at the age of 103. She was a very special woman, marked by God, who had a deep well of wisdom, a great sense of intuition, and lived a full, joyful life. Maude was born in Springs, PA on April 7, 1914, and received her nursing degree from Capital City School of Nursing in Washington, DC in 1936. During her training, she met a Yale medical school student William Winston Pettus, whom she married on June 23, 1937. After graduation Maudie worked in the Neurological Surgery Department at New York Presbyterian Hospital while Win did his residency there. In 1940 they began serving as a surgical team in Changsha, China at a hospital founded by Yale University. Shortly after the birth of their two daughters, Ann and Sally, Win was tragically killed in a plane crash on November 18, 1945, in China. Following the death of her husband, Maude received her PHN degree at UCLA in 1948. She had a second career as a school nurse at the Beverly Hills Unified School District until her retirement in 1984. Maude moved to Stamford CT in 1986, where she worked in home healthcare to the elderly. As the daughter of a Mennonite minister, her faith was always very important to her. Maude belonged to the Noroton Presbyterian Church in Darien CT, where she was a member of the Tuesday Morning Bible Study, the Prime Timers Senior Fellowship and the Flower Team. She will be remembered especially for her contagious joy, her deep faith, her caring spirit, and her persevering resiliency as she faced the many trying circumstances of her life. Toward the end of her life Maudie returned to China to celebrate her 100th birthday with friends at Yale-China in 2014, and again in 2015 as a guest of the Chinese Government. Maude was predeceased by her parents Rev. Ed and Annie Miller, her brothers and sisters Edith (Miller) Lautenschlager, Clark Miller, Curtis Miller, Elva (Miller) Phillips, and Daniel Miller, her loving husband, William Winston Pettus, and her daughter Sally Pettus. She is survived by her daughter Ann (Pettus) Mattina of Stamford CT, grandchildren Laura Mattina Gordon, James Mattina, Philip Mattina, and Christopher Mattina; great grandchildren Christine Clark, Brittany Clark, Brookelynn Nielson, Breanne Nielson, Rachel Johnson, Jacob Gordon, Justin James Mattina, Taylor Ann Mattina, Hope Natalie Mattina, Reed Winston Mattina and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at the Noroton Presbyterian Church, 2011 Post Road in Darien, CT on Saturday, June 17th, at 11:00 a.m. Contributions in memory of Maudie Pettus may be made to the Noroton Presbyterian Church, 2011 Post Road, Darien, CT 06820 at Visit Noroton Presbyterian Church.

Condolence & Memory Journal

My dear Maude,you are blessed being with our Lord, Jesus. We will always remember your kind heart, sweet smiles, and joyful life attitude. We love you! Our sincere condolences go to Ann and the families. Thanks for letting me know. Weijiang/Richard Zhang Monterey, California

Posted by weijiang/richard zhang - monterey, CA   June 15, 2017

I was blessed to be in a small group with Maude. She was a joy! God bless!

Posted by Tracy Birkett - Stamford, CT   June 11, 2017

I always intended to visit my Aunt Maudie--my late father Curtis would have loved my doing that--but I never got around to it. As anyone who reads this knows more than I, Maudie was an exceptional woman, the longest surviving child of an exceptional family. When I was eight or ten years old, she came to visit my family in Richmond, and I was allowed to stay up late talking with her, and my memory is she loved to talk. That conversation that night helped to form the rest of my life, and it's never left me. I'm going to try very hard to make it to the service on June 17. Ann, I'll let you know. Peace and joy to all who read this and who knew my wonderful, one-of-a-kind aunt.

Posted by Bruce Miller - Richmond, VA   May 29, 2017

Ann and Family, Maude was such a loving and wonderful person. We were so fortunate to know her and loved seeing her tend to all the beautiful flowers. She was truly an inspiration and full of love for all who knew her. With our deepest condolences and love to you all, Anthony & Kim

Posted by Kim Corelli - Stamford, CT   May 09, 2017

Maude will be deeply missed I'll love you always and forever.

Posted by Laura Gordon - family   May 06, 2017

so many wonderful memories with Aunt blessed to have had her and her daughters in my love to the family and God Bless!

Posted by Michelle Armel-Shanholtzer - Martinsburg, WV - family   May 02, 2017

What a gift God had for me, when I began to know and be known by Maudie Miller Pettus! We shared stories about our past with awe about how Our Heavenly Father had worked in it all! I felt as if God had knit our spirits together. It was always a treasure to spend time together, whether visiting her at home when she didn't feel well (we'd visit as if we were childhood friends or sisters, talking and talking in her bedroom) or taking her for her ever-important appointments with the hairdresser or doctors. No matter where, but especially at church, she charmed everyone with her positive spirit, joy in living and effusive love! I'm honored to have called her friend and sister-in-Christ!!! And now, Maudie, you are in the presence of the KING!! Amen!

Posted by Rita Hornlein Ratti - Sewickley, PA   May 02, 2017

The single nicest person that I've ever met. Ms. Pettus epitomizes perfection, respect, kindness and selflessness in human being. This nation and the wider world has lost a true champion of decency.

Posted by Lebert Johnson - Columbus, GA   May 01, 2017

Maudie Joy, daughter of the King, you are loved with all of your hearts. Your light, your love, your laughter will be with us always. Thank you for generously sharing your life, your faith and your wisdom with us. You are treasured. We rejoice in knowing where you are and pray for the countless people, family and friends alike, who will miss you dearly...with gratitude in Christ for drawing us so close. Missy, Paul, Emma, Matthew, John and Lila

Posted by The Fiorita Family - CT   April 26, 2017

Maude was a wonderful grandmother and great grandmother. She will be deeply missed.

Posted by Jill Mattina - Marblehead, MA - family   April 26, 2017