Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

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Hagar Hatama Betts Pettigrew

Born: 8/6/1910

Died: 10/25/2005

Maiden Name: Betts

Honorific: n/a

Hagar Hatama Betts Pettigrew, 95, passed away peacefully at home on October 25, 2005. Born August 6, 1910, to David Clinton Betts and Emma Virginia Baxter Betts on the family’s Choctaw land allotment in what is now Atoka, Oklahoma, she was the seventh of nine children.

Hagar married her sweetheart, Dewey Lee Pettigrew, and they met life’s challenges and shared its joys for nearly 72 years prior to his death in July 1998. One very difficult experience was the death of their firstborn, Anna Lou, due to childhood illness. Having lost one child already, it was not easy to send their oldest son to fight in Korea and their youngest to fight in Vietnam.