Glynn Frakes Pettus, She gave the best hugs. No one left her house unloved or hungry. She was sharp and smart and sarcastic. She said words like, "fanny", and "fiddlesticks". She was an expert at making people feel welcomed and wanted. Her life was layered and well lived. She shopped too much and gave too much and drove my Grandaddy a little bit crazy. Her grip on reality started to slip when he began his descent into dementia, and I believe that now they are together and she'll never again have to ask, "Where's Edward?"
She was beautiful, skin like a rose petal and always scented with Oil of Olay. Her hands were spotted and aged from years of dish water, cotton picking, and endless washing from hours spent in the kitchen. The best way to clean a kitchen floor was on hands and knees and she had the most extensive collection of Precious Moments that I have ever seen. She loved beautiful things.
The things she said, in that sweet southern drawl, "Lord have mercy!" That gentle chuckle, followed by, "Well, honey..." or, "Bless your heart." She had the gift of southern gentility, the ability to convey that you are an absolute idiot but also utterly loved.
My grandmother was the very definition of a lady. She commanded respect and carried herself with dignity and she was adored.
She ran the kitchen at Fort Johnson Baptist Church until she was no longer able and spent Sunday mornings in the nursery, loving all the babies. She made the best coconut cake and chocolate pie on the east coast.
Things she taught by example:
Kitchens should be clean. Dishes should be hand washed. It's ok if your garage is messy as long as your laundry gets done. If you pay full price, you're doing it wrong, and this concept applies to groceries and all things. Know your neighbors and check on them. When someone experiences the death of a loved one or a difficulty and you don't know what to do, take them a meal. Check on your family because family is vital. Never underestimate the power of a good lipstick and a well-shaped brow. Don't forget to moisturize. Love others above yourself, but know your own value. Hugs are necessary and it's ok to cry when you say goodbye.
Oh, and she was a champion Chinese checker player.
We love you, Mom and Grandmommy. You have left us with hearts full of precious memories.
Mrs. Pettus was wife to Edward E. Pettus, mom to David Edward Pettus and wife, Anne; mom to Connie Pettus Glass and husband, David; three grandchildren, Joni Glass Thompson, Jason Wesley Glass and wife, Christy, and Kevin Truitt Glass and wife, Jamie. Six great-grandchildren, Molly and Sam Thompson, Malia and Makoa Glass and Zachary and Zane Glass.
A Private Graveside service will be held Saturday (12/5/2020) in Charleston, SC.