Noma Pettigrew

April 10, 1921September 2, 2018

Noma Lee Pettigrew was born in Purcell, Oklahoma on Sunday, April 10, 1921 to Everett and Mae Bundy. Noma peacefully passed away of natural causes on Sunday, September 2, 2018 at the age of 97.

Noma attended school through 7th grade. She would help her mother with household chores, feed the chickens and helped care for her younger brothers, Bill and Pete. She married the love of her life Marshall E. Pettigrew on December 23, 1939 in Purcell, Oklahoma. Marshall, Noma and their first son, Merrell moved to California in 1943. They briefly lived in Hanford before settling in Armona.

Noma was devoted to her husband Marshall and loved raising her five children. She was a second mother to many of the neighborhood children. Noma made the Pettigrew home a favorite spot that all the kids loved. Noma was a woman of deep faith. She was a member of the First Missionary Baptist Church of Armona since 1946. Noma was a Sunday School Teacher for the beginner’s class for 31 years. She used her handmade flannel board stories to teach the children their lessons.

Noma always wanted to be an artist. At the age of 53 she attended night school to take art classes in drawing and painting. She especially enjoyed painting landscapes and special family places in Oklahoma. Noma's love and skill of sewing produced beautiful quilts, crocheted pieces and dolls that became keepsakes for her family members. Noma never met a stranger. She was warm, friendly and caring to everyone. Her smile and joy of living will be so missed by all who knew her.

Noma is survived by her son Merrell Pettigrew and daughter in law, Lorraine of Hanford; daughter Betty Andrews and son in law, Jerry of Arlington, Texas; daughter Andra Thum and son in law, Charlie of Visalia; daughter Janie Brown of Visalia, and son Melvin Pettigrew and daughter in law, Gloria of Hanford. Grandchildren; Shelly Muela, Jeff Davis, Scott Andrews, Tracy Fahlsing, Casey Maxwell, Kim Roberts, Brett Andrews, Joey Thum and Mike Thum. Great-grandchildren; Sarah, Ryan, Jamie, Travis, Mathew, Alex, Paige, Megan, Taylor and Sondra. Great-great-grandchildren; Madeline, Elliot, Lillian, Olivia, Nick and Aaliyah.

Noma was preceded in death by her parents, Everett and Mae Bundy; husband Marshall in 2007; brother Bill Bundy; brother Pete Bundy; and infant daughter Gloria.

Heartfelt thanks to Valley Christian Home and Hanford Post Acute for their loving and compassionate care in Noma's final years.

A Graveside Service will be held on Tuesday, September 11th at 10:30 a.m. at Grangeville Cemetery; 10428 14th Ave., Armona, CA 93202.

One of Noma's favorite Bible verses: Isaiah 40:31 "But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run and not weary; and they shall walk and not faint."


  • Graveside Service Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Noma Pettigrew

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Donna Kuntz

September 6, 2018

Hugs and prayers to the Pettigrew Family. Your mom’s warm smile and spirit will shine on in each of you. So sorry for your loss.
Dale and Donna Kuntz

Amanda Medina (Johnson)

September 5, 2018

Sending love to the entire family of Sister Pettigrew. I grew up in church being loved by her and her family. It always felt like she was everyone’s Grandma. She was a staple in that church my whole life and even my dads whole life. She will be deeply deeply missed. Thinking of the family as they say their goodbyes. Love you guys

Cheryl Lehn

September 5, 2018

Sending love and prayers to Mel and Gloria and all the Pettigrew family. May your mother Rest In Peace. Cheryl Lehn

Stella Stewart

September 5, 2018

Beautiful smile and a loving kind spirit, my sincere condolences to the family.