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Shirley Galloway Petit | Obituary

Shirley Galloway Petit returned home to be with the Lord on Tuesday February 18, 2020. She was 84 years old. She passed away peacefully surrounded by her family after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

She was born on September 30, 1935 in a small cabin on Toxaway Lake. She graduated from Rosman High School. Shortly after, she meets Charles Petit, whom she marries on May 28, 1954. Traveling the world with her husband, lieutenant-colonel in the army, she brings up her three children whom she loves and adores, Roger, Eric and Sherry.

She was a life member of the Rosman United Methodist Church.

In her spare time, she was an avid gardener. Not only did she enjoy tending to her garden which she shared so generously, but also canning what she had worked so hard to grow. She had many other passions, but most of all, she loved taking care of others. She delivered the meals on wheels until she could no longer. Prior to that, she helped found the annual Rosman United Methodist Ham Supper. The funds provided a pantry that helped feed Rosman’s families. She also made premature clothes for babies at the Mission Hospital NICU.

She will be sadly missed by many. Her family is at peace knowing that she is reunited with her loved ones in Heaven.

She is survived by her three children, Roger Petit, Eric Petit and Sherry Hunter; five grandchildren, Whitney Lorenz, Kayla Shaughnessy, Cameron Petit, Holly Hunter and Candace Reese; two great-grandchildren, Ellie and Jaxon Shaughnessy; four siblings, Roy Galloway, Keith Galloway, Sandra Schmitt and Lynn Galloway.

The family is asking that instead of flowers, a donation be made to Meals on Wheels, a program that Shirley contributed to, but also helped her and her husband during their final years at home.

The funeral was held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 22, 2020, at Moody-Connolly Funeral Home.

The family received friends an hour before the service.

Interment followed in the Blue Ridge Gardens of Memory.

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The Moody-Connolly Funeral Home and Crematorium looked after the family.