Avis Petross, 101, passed away in Stephenville on Monday, March 27, 2017. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Friday, March 31, at Davis-Morris Funeral Chapel in Brownwood. Burial will follow at Moro Cemetery near Blanket. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 30 at Davis-Morris.
Avis Eleanor Donahoo was born in Mercury, San Saba County, on May 25, 1915, to James Franklin and Texa Clementine (Matlock) Donahoo, and was the third of seven children. She began school in San Saba County before the family moved to Brown County when she was ten years old. She graduated from Early High School in 1933.
She married Cadmon Larche Petross on Jan. 26, 1935, in Blanket, where they made their home for 49 years and raised five children. She was a homemaker and full-time partner in their farm and ranch business. After Cad passed away in 1984, she continued to live on the farm until the age of 90 when she moved to Stephenville to live with her daughter.
She was a member of the Church of Christ, attending regularly in Stephenville and going back home to her Blanket congregation as much as possible. Active in the community and school as her children were growing up, she participated in the Blanket Home Demonstration Club, quilting clubs, and PTA. Her family was her passion being the matriarch of five generations. She especially enjoyed cookouts at the park, family dinners, vacations with the grandkids, and her birthday party the family has celebrated in large fashion for years. She was known for her cooking, sewing, and playing 42.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her entire generation of siblings and in-laws; husband; two sons, Larche Petross and Thomas Petross; infant daughter, Melva Rae Petross; great-granddaughter Kayla; and great-great-granddaughters, Jocelyn and Penelope.
She is survived by her son, Gene Petross and his wife Joyce of Cleburne; her daughter, Melinda Petross of Stephenville; her son, Mark Petross and his wife Debra of Blanket; daughter-in-law Keily Petross of Brownwood; grandchildren, Yvonne and Pat Wisdom, Cathy and Andy Pennington, Jennifer Petross, Tammy and Matt Walker, Ashley and Stanley Crowder, April Petross, Audrey Petross, Amy Petross, Jerry and Shannon Petross, Marissa Davis, and Sheena and Mike Cross; great-grandchildren, Kindi, Dani, Jacob, Lacy and Rylan, David, Ryker, Jess, Jodey, Lexi, Mason, Colin, Shayla, Carmen, Aleric, Autumn, Jerry, Ally, Weston, Cassidy, Austin, and Craig; and great-great-grandchildren, Addison, Adriana, Saydi, Emori, Preston, Cayden, Kaine, Martin, and Levi.
Memorials may be made to the Blanket Church of Christ at P.O. Box 2, Blanket, Texas 76432, Foster’s Home in Stephenville, or a charity of choice.