•President of the Down Syndrome Association of Melbourne, FL
Tibby and her husband George married in 1937 and later moved to Florida where they raised their three daughters (Janice, Donna and Irma) and their son Steve, who was born with Down Syndrome.
Honored for Community Involvements & Personal Accomplishments
• President of the Down Syndrome Association of Melbourne, FL
• Registered Nurse
Althea (nee Tibbetts) Pettee was born in Everett, Massachusetss on September 23, 1916. Althea was an active young lady with ambitious goals. Lovingly known as “Tibby”, she graduated from Everett High School in June of 1934 and enrolled the following September in the nursing program at Whidden Memorial Hospital. After completing her coursework and training, she stayed on at Whidden and worked there for four more years. After that she became a private duty nurse.
Tibby and her husband George married in 1937 and later moved to Florida where they raised their three daughters (Janice, Donna and Irma) and their son Steve, who was born with Down Syndrome. Tibby was very involved in raising her children, and committed especially to Steve in teaching them how to face life “head on.”
Tibby is an avid reader and still visits the library weekly. She loves to sew, and actually made a lot of her girls’ clothing when they were in school. She enjoys dancing, music and especially “Happy Hour.” “Tibby” loves life, loves going to Captain Hiram’s every month and is an all-around friend to many here at Anchor Care. She also loves going to the beach, swimming and water sports. After her husband’s passing which was followed by Steve’s unexpected death, Tibby came to live here at Anchor Care.
Tibby’s greatest personal achievement was raising her son Steve to be a fine young man who embraced life, loved baseball, and (like his mom) was friendly to everyone he met. Tibby shares that she “had a great marriage and a great life together with her husband George.”
Tibby continues to be a “bright spot” in the lives of so many of us here at Anchor Care. She is always looking out for, helping and encouraging those around her. She is always “on the go,” – heading to therapy, out to Captain Hiram’s with Susan, or outside to read her book on the patio. She makes us smile and is always ready to share a laugh or a hug. We are honored and blessed to have Tibby with us here at Anchor Care.