- Published: May 15, 2008
Juanita Marie Pettit of Yellow Springs died at Greene Memorial Hospital on Saturday, May 10. She was 77.
She was the only child born to Harry E. and Margaret Brandt on Sept. 5, 1930. She graduated from Parker High School in 1949 and was trained at NCR Corporation in computer technology in the early 1960s. Juanita was a life long resident of Dayton, but after the death of her mother in 1993, she moved to Yellow Springs to be near her daughter and family.
Juanita worked for Kuhns Brothers Company in Dayton as an accountant for many years. In later years she worked at the Montgomery County Community Action Agency’s Headstart program and later its senior program.
She was a den mother and a community social worker who was very concerned with justice for all. In the 1960s she provided secretarial skills to SCLC for her lifelong friend, the late Rev. David Gilbert, president of the Dayton SCLC. She was very active in researching the Blue family with her late uncle Harold Van Horn and with him discovering family revolutionary war veteran burial grounds in Troy, Ohio, and helping to restore the grounds. She was a Daughter of the American Revolution.
Juanita was a very devoted and loving mother who instilled determination, courage and unconditional love for all and was a very strong woman.
Juanita is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Pamela Davis and Neal Crandall; son, Richard Pettit and his partner, Shirley; two grandsons, Michael Davis and his partner, Victoria, and Giovanni Ramos and his partner, Sabrina; a great granddaughter, Lilly Ramos; a step-grandson, Benjamin Crandall and his partner, Heather, of Washington, D.C.; her cat, Elsie, who was her companion for 16 years; and many friends and other relatives whom she dearly loved.
Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. The family is being assisted by the Friends Simple Burial Committee.