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Eleanor I. (Babcock) Pettit

July 12, 1924 ~ August 24, 2021 (age 97)


Eleanor Pettit, 97, of Watertown passed away at Samaritan Summit Village on Tuesday, August, 24, 2021.

Born July 12, 1924 in Town of Alexandria New York daughter of the late Purl & Inez Babcock. She graduated from Redwood High School 1942.

Eleanor worked at Faichney Instruments in Watertown during World War II and later at Alden Mail Order House in Chicago. 

She married in 1942 to, the late William Russell, which ended in divorce in 1955. She then went to work at the General Electric Company in Syracuse New York from 1956-1958.

In 1958 she married Ward Pettit who was a Superintendent for many years at the Thousand Island Bridge in Collins Landing New York and later was the Chief of Security. He passed away in March 1988.

She worked at the Alexandria Bay Methodist Church for many years. When she moved to Watertown she became a member of the Asbury Methodist Church in Watertown.

Along with her parents and husband, Eleanor is predeceased by a son, Bobby Russell infant who passed away in 1952, her brother Donald Babcock who passed away in 2013, and a sister, Hilda Cummings.

Surviving is a son Gary (Marcie) Russell of Arkansas, her sisters Mary Inglehart of Florida, Jean Charland, and Betty (Lorian) Walts of Florida. There are 2 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Donations may be made to Asbury Methodist Church, 327 Franklin Street, Watertown NY 13601.

Calling hours will be held on Thursday, August 26 from 6-8PM at Cleveland Funeral Home 404 Sherman St., Watertown. A funeral service will be held Friday, August 27, at 11AM at the funeral home with burial to follow at the North Watertown Cemetery.

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August 26, 2021

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Cleveland Funeral Home - Watertown
404 Sherman St.
Watertown, NY 13601

Funeral Service
August 27, 2021

11:00 AM
Cleveland Funeral Home - Watertown
404 Sherman St.
Watertown, NY 13601


Asbury United Methodist Church
327 Franklin St, Watertown NY 13601

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