Tammie Pettit was born to Margaret and Ralph Pettit on June 5, 1961 in Colome, SD. She was the youngest of 14 Children and was a life-long resident of Winner, SD. Although Tammie was born with Down’s Syndrome, those who knew her will tell you that it did not stop her from living a full life surrounded by people who loved her deeply.
Tammie loved her life. Some of her favorite things were bowling, going to the Dairy Queen for a large Coke, and a caramel sundae and shopping on Main Street. Tammie was a member of the Catholic Church and celebrated service every Saturday in her favorite pew in the front of the church. Tammie was employed by Winner Immaculate Conception Church for most of her life. Toward the end of her life, she lived near her sister Dottie and enjoyed trips to the zoo and butterfly house near Sioux Falls and shopping trips with her sister and her sister’s grandchildren. We will all remember her big smile and sense of humor. Whenever she knew she was being difficult (which could be often!) she would be smile and say “I luv ya!” We will also remember her stubborn streak. Tammie knew her own mind and would tell you exactly what she thought. She was strong-willed, independent, and was unyielding in leading her own life.
On December 16, 2016 Tammie went home to her mother and father. She was preceded in death by her sisters Mavis O’Bryan, Loyola Eckstaine, Mary Zimmerman, Bobbie Sell, and Marjean Pettit; brothers Ralph Pettit, Jr., Bill Pettit and Gordon Pettit; brothers-in-law Lloyd Eckstaine, Richard O’Bryan, and Gary Sell; and two nephews Ryan and Brett Sell. She will be missed by her sisters Nancy Edwards, Patty Wegehaupt, Carol Herrmann, and Dorthey Olsen; brother Doug Pettit, and many nieces and nephews.