Judith “Earlene” Petty Chilcott, 68, was born Feb. 26, 1947, in Blackwell, Oklahoma, of proud Cherokee heritage. She was the daughter of Alvin and Leah (Beck) Kilgore. She attended El Dorado public schools, and was a graduate of Cassoday High School.
She was an accomplished hair dresser and salon operator for many years while being a single mother raising her daughter, Tresha. In 1976, she was married to Bobby Petty, who adopted Tresha and became her Dad. Earlene and Bobby moved to Marion County Lake, where Earlene was a crappie-fishing expert.
Earlene was also an accomplished bowler, WIBC official, and worked many years in the nursing profession in both Hillsboro and Marion. Bobby passed away in 1995. Earlene later married long-time friend Ed Chilcott. They enjoyed running their business Kettle Krafters, fishing, and spending time with family and friends.
Earlene passed away Sept. 17, 2015, at St. Luke Living Center in Marion, Kansas. She is lovingly survived by her husband, Ed of Marion; her daughter, Tresha Hoover and husband, Lance, of Salina; stepchildren, Terry Chilcott and wife, Lisa, of Wichita, and Tami Peimbert and husband, Alberto, of Columbus, Ohio; grandsons, Jayme, Trent, and Cole Hoover, Alex Peimbert, and Levi Houston; and a granddaughter, Lauren Peimbert.
Visitation was Sunday at Zeiner Funeral Home of Marion. A funeral service was Monday, Sept. 21, 2015, at Marion Christian Church. Interment was in Marion Cemetery.
A memorial fund has been established for the St. Luke Patient Fund in care of Zeiner Funeral Home, 205 Elm St., Marion KS, 66861. Condolences may be left at www.zeinerfuneralhome.com.