“Thank you for keeping in touch with Pat.” Family, friends, colleagues, and clients delighted in connecting with Pat. She communicated a gentle, peaceful, uplifting energy that attracted one and all. Although we may no longer connect with her by phone (she never knew where it was anyway) we will always connect with her through a Dwight Yoakam song, a can of Dr. Pepper, the moon in all its phases, or the presence of horses alongside a country road. Her soul, a fount of love, left her earthly body to be united to the Lord, the source of all love and energy, on Monday, August 10, 2015. Her spirit is carried on through her husband, Terry, three children, Shane, Julie, Lisa, their partners Anita, Zach and Doug, eight grandchildren, Wyatt, Danica, Ty, Delany, Lucas, Anna, Allison, and Andrew, three siblings, Rita, Dave, Jerome and their spouses Steve, Deb, Debbie, an extended family of relatives, dear friends, colleagues and clients who often became friends too. We love you Pat and we hear your immediate echo, “I love you more!” Pat’s lifelong passion was to care for others as a loving daughter, sister, wife, and her most treasured roles as mother and grandmother.
We were blessed to learn many valuable lessons from Pat during her 64 years of life. One dear to our hearts being “Treasure the memories you make. Each day comes only once as it travels into yesterday. How we spend this gift is ours to choose. Capture a moment and enjoy.”
Pat graduated from Herndon High School (Herndon, KS) in 1968, the Dominican School of Nursing (Great Bend, KS) in 1971, she and Terry were married in St. Mary’s Catholic church on July 3, 1971, and she graduated from the Ralston School of Massage (Reno, NV) in 2005. While she spoke with great pride of her thirty year nursing career as a registered OB nurse she was most proud of accomplishing her dream to heal others through the power of touch by becoming a licensed massage therapist. Thereafter she enjoyed going to work each day at Rock Haven Salon or at her downtown office, InnerG. In her honor, please continue to share with us on how much her presence, her words of encouragement, and her healing touch made a difference in your life.
She believed in God’s presence in the world through the positive energy shared among people, the seven sacraments, the seven chakras, and most awesomely through the healing powers of touch. When perplexed by presenting circumstances Pat relied upon these beliefs to straighten the path before her — “I’m going to throw it out to the universe.”
An avid reader, Pat could finish a Stephen King novel in one sitting and then sleep with the light on for the next week! She loved dancing to any song for any occasion, partner preferred but not required. She loved long bike rides, up and down neighborhood one way streets, weaving in and out of FHSU campus (“How are the goldfish doing tonight?”), through the covered bridge and home again.
Pat’s atrocious sense of direction only led to more adventures and the opportunity to make new friends. She was quick to remind us all that “one who rambles is not lost.” Although Pat may have been directionally challenged, she found her way into our hearts and we are lost without her.
In true fashion to “Pat time” the funeral will be late Thursday afternoon. Please join us in the celebration of her life at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 13, 2015, at Celebration Community Church (5790 230th Ave. Hays, KS). Reception to follow. Visitation at Hays Memorial Chapel on Wednesday from 6:00-8:00 p.m. with a rosary to begin at 7:00 p.m. Additional visitation at Celebration Community Church on Thursday from 3:00-4:00 p.m. Mass of the Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August, 15, 2015 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church (519 Palermo Ave. Herndon, KS). Inurnment at St. Mary’s Cemetery and reception to follow. Rosary will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Friday at the church. We end this as she would, “Peace and love to you all.”
The family would also like to thank the wonderful staff at the Good Samaritan Day Center and Hospice who took great care of her.
In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established in Pat’s memory for a memorial to be determined later. Donations may be made in care of Hays Memorial Chapel, 1906 Pine Street, Hays, KS 67601. Condolences may be left for the family at www.haysmemorial.com