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Deborah Sue Pettit

December 1, 2021

Deborah Sue (Burchett) Pettit, 70, of West Jefferson, Ohio passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, December 1, 2021. She was born to the late Miriam and Ernest Burchett in Wayne, WV on February 12, 1951. 

Deb graduated from West Jefferson High School in 1969, where she met many of her lifelong friends. Deb was also a graduate of The Ohio State University and worked as an area treasurer for Columbus City Schools until her retirement. She was a member of the West Jefferson United Methodist Church and was well known for her homemade caramels, potato soup, and kindness. Deb loved country life and her “farm”, where she could often be found “watching the chickens peck the ground.” 

Deb was married to Thomas Pettit and together they share three children. She was a dedicated mother and devoted herself to loving and caring for them. As much as Deb loved her children, she found no truer joy than that of being a Grammie to her six grandchildren: Blake and Macy Pettit, Claire and Cooper Kyanko, and Carson and Landon Miller. She was a constant presence on the sidelines or in the crowds at their events, always cheering them on in all they pursued. If not at their events, she was checking in on them, buying them little surprises, or sharing stories about them. There was no truer fan than Grammie. 

Deb was preceded in death by her loving mother and father, brother Benton, and many special aunts, uncles, and friends. 

Deb is survived by her Husband of 49 years, Thomas Pettit of West Jefferson; son, Craig (Roni) Pettit of Hilliard; daughters, Erin (Jeremy) Kyanko of Rittman; and Heather Miller (Mike Threloff) of Galloway; brother Barry (Dee) Burchett of West Jefferson; Special Aunts Bettina Queen of Wayne, WV; and Louise Esque of Baltimore; Uncle Wiley (Barbara) Queen of Louisa, KY; many nieces, nephews, cousins and wonderful friends that were family. Family and friends may call 5-8 p.m. Tuesday in the RADER-McDONALD-TIDD FUNERAL HOME, 1355 W. Main Street, West Jefferson, Ohio, 43162. Funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, at the West Jefferson United Methodist Church with Pastor Ruth Pribe officiating. Burial will follow in Hampton Cemetery, West Jefferson.

Should you choose, donations may be sent to West Jefferson United Methodist Church in her honor.

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Past Services


Tuesday, December 7, 2021

5:00 - 8:00pm (Eastern time)


1355 W Main St, West Jefferson, OH 43162

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Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Starts at 11:00am (Eastern time)

West Jefferson United Methodist Church

36 S Center St, West Jefferson, OH 43162

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