Earline Pettigrew, 88, longtime resident of Miles City, died peacefully in her home on June 3, 2019. She was born Earline A. Thompson on October 16, 1930 in Shelby, Montana, daughter of Earl and Thiel Thompson.
Earline grew up north of Shelby and graduated from Sunburst High School. On October 20, 1951 she was united in marriage to Tom Pettigrew in Shelby. Together they ran restaurants in Shelby and Forsyth before moving to Miles City and opening the Airport Inn in 1963.
Earline was the last surviving member of the Thompson family, preceded in death by her parents and 5 siblings. As a strong Christian and member of Trinity Lutheran Church she faithfully got her family of 5 to church regularly. She was a busy mother who kept track of all of her kids while also assisting Tom with the daily operation of the Airport Inn. A mother to all of the children in the neighborhood, she was always willing to feed any extras that appeared for dinner. Throughout the years she enjoyed playing bridge with family and friends and socializing with her many friends at the Town and Country Club.
She was survived by Pete Pettigrew (Sharon) of Alexandria, VA, Peggy Hill of Miles City, Parker Pettigrew of The Woodlands, TX and Pam Pettigrew of Glendive, daughter-in-law Mary Pettigrew, 10 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and 1 great, great grandchild as well as very special friend and longtime employee Martha Crandall and longtime friend Janet Klein.
Earline was preceded in death by husband, Tom Pettigrew, daughter Polly, and son Sam, her parents and 5 siblings.
Funeral Services will be at 10:00 as on Monday, June 10, 2019 at the Trinity Lutheran Church. The Rev. Howard Schreibeis will officiate. Cremation will follow. Burial will be at a later date. Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Should friends desire, memorial may be made to Wake Up and Lace Up or to the charity of your choice.