Maxine Kaye Pettit Beecham

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Maxine Kaye Pettit Beecham, 82, of Tucson, Ariz., died Thursday, January 10, 2013.


She was born May 17, 1930 in Greene County, a daughter of the late Francis E. Sr. and Ethel Pettit.


Mrs. Beecham was a 1947 graduate of Washington High School.


In 1959, she was married to Trevor W. Beecham.


She worked for Harper’s Feed Mill and a gas company and was a mail carrier in Eighty Four.


Mrs. Beecham was a graduate of a beauty school and enjoyed working for Welcome Wagon in Lafayette, La.


She was the last surviving member of her immediate family, including Francis E. Pettit Jr., Alma Jean Miller, Cheerful Fox and John Pettit, former Washington County district attorney.


Mrs. Beecham was active in her church all her life. She recently served as a deacon at Capilla del Sol Christian Church in Tucson, where she attended.


Surviving are her husband, Trevor W. Beecham of Arizona; a son, Kit T. Donley (wife Paula) of Tucson; a son, Rex W. Donley (wife Karel) of Helotes, Texas; six grandchildren, Dax, Kelli, Garrett, Cody, Kate and Cale; and five great-grandchildren.


A memorial service is planned for Saturday, February 2, in Tucson. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Alzheimer’s Association, Desert Southwest Chapter, 1028 East McDowell Road, Phoenix, AZ 85006.


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