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Witter, Petie

November 24, 1932 –
 October 8, 2021


Patricia Anne Henson Witter, “Petie,” age 88, passed away peacefully on October 8, 2021, at home in Richardson, Texas.  She was born in Columbus, Ohio on November 24, 1932, the daughter of Dr. William R. Henson and Clara (Rolle) Henson.  She was a 1950 graduate of Shelby High School in Shelby Ohio, then attended Bowling Green State University and graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.  She majored in mathematics and languages and was a senior computer programmer/systems analyst at various insurance, steel, and oil companies.  She retired in 1999 and enjoyed hobbies of needlework, reading, aerobics, and worldwide travel.  Petie loved animals and was a founding member of the Stonecrest Feral Cat Colony Non-Profit Organization.

While raising her family in Mansfield Ohio, she was also “mom” to several foreign exchange students.  She later taught English as a Second Language to Adults as a community volunteer. Surviving are her children, Gail (David) Baumlein, Lianne (Les) Thompson, and Eric (Jessie) Witter, her 5 grandchildren Elizabeth Wood, Abigail Billings, Chris Pereira, Josh Pereira, and Madilyn Burtt, and 10 great-grandchildren.  She is also survived by sisters Kathleen Knostman, Dolores Leonhardt, Charlotte Henson, and Molly Harrington and brothers Dean Henson, and Dr. James Hennessy.  She was predeceased by her parents, brother William R. Henson, Jr. and sister Colleen Marr.

Per her wishes there will be private services for immediate family.  Donations in her name may be made to Stonecrest Feral Cat Colony at

3 Thoughts on Witter, Petie
    Maria Ignez Hayashi
    12 Oct 2021

    My deepest condolences.
    She was a special woman. Maria and Heitor Hayashi

    Ana Zysko
    13 Oct 2021

    Petie was a dear friend and she will be missed. My condolences to the family.

    Gail Baumlein
    14 Oct 2021

    Sincere appreciation from all of Petie’s family for the thoughtful messages.

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