Patricia Mae (Patsy) was born to Charlie and Mildred Lawrence on December 16, 1963; a beautiful little girl. As a baby she was in and out of the hospital, struggling with different medical needs and learning to walk.
From the very beginning Patsy was very determined and faced challenges head on. Growing up on the farm in Paradise Valley, Patsy was always playing with the animals. Friends and neighbours were always amazed at how animals were naturally attracted to her.
One particular time stood out: Pat was with Dad at the chicken coop and a coyote approached Pat when Dad turned around to his horror he witnessed a coyote standing there letting Patsy pet it. Dad quietly went over and the coyote trotted off. This love of animals carried on throughout her life. Her last pet and friend Chance spent his days lounging on her bed and keeping her company.
Patsy was born with a disability and Mom and Dad made sure she understood she could accomplish anything if she put her mind to it. Being surrounded by a big family and tons of friends, all adding to her personal growth and strength. She was always encouraged to speak her mind and she did that well.
Pat was a leader of a self-advocacy group while living in Lloydminster and residing at the Bea Fisher Center. She encouraged others to stand up for their rights, receiving many awards and creating great friends.
She was a part of as many things as she could, including bowling, trips, volunteering and training. She decided she wanted a job and she successfully completed that goal: she wanted to live in her own home and her support workers helped her to learn everything she needed to live on her own.
Pat treated everyone like a friend. When they were hurting she did to.
Pat loved her family. You could hear the pride in her voice whenever she talked about any of them. It didn’t take long when you went to visit her, before you were in a serious game of crib. Her Dad spent many hours teaching her math using the crib game as a tool to count. She fell in love with cards in general. Our family had many Canasta nights. Pat loved all these family gatherings.
Pat was a social butterfly, always the first one to greet you with the biggest most sincere smile.
Pat enjoyed many adventures, from the west coast to the east coast. She travelled to Hawaii, down south and then to every outing locally she could attend. She loved it when she had visits from friends and family at her home.
She watched her Mom carefully and picked up many canning and baking skills. Mom and Pat were not just mother and daughter, they were best friends, always checking on each other’s health and general needs daily.
The last years of Patsy’s life were spent in Coronation Long Term Care, also known as “home”. Her “staff” known to Patsy as her friends and family created an environment of “love”. When she was feeling sad, they spent the time with her; if she was happy, they laughed with her, when she was worried, they worried with her. What started out as a support agreement became a friendship; a friendship that helped Pat get through a lot of bad times, when the love and support of others couldn’t. Krysta was not just Pat’s hero but the family’s as well. There are no words to express how much we appreciate all the beautiful people that work at the Coronation Hospital and the care and support you gave. We believe Patsy left you each the gift of her beautiful contagious smile.
Rest in Peace our beautiful family Angel, daughter, sister, aunty, great aunty and friend.
Patsy was predeceased by her Dad, Charlie, in 1986; her niece Jenny Dawn in 1992 and her sister-in-law Myrna in 2013.
She is survived by her Mom and best friend Mildred Lawrence. Oldest brother Charles and son Randy “Bub;” brother Tom (Bonnie) and their children, Sherri and her sons Sean and Kelly; Shaun (Nicole) and their children Harmony, Ariana, Colton and Tatiana; brother John (Helen) and their children Crystal (Cody) and their daughter Alivia; Rocky; Sister Gayle (John) and their daughter Roxanne (John) and their children, Anna (Matt), Ava and Harley; youngest Sister Shannon (Jay) and their children Joey, Moe Moe, Sahara and Harley; as well as a world of friends.
A memorial service to celebrate Patsy’s life was held at the Trinity United Church in Coronation on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 2 p.m., with Reverend Sue Hertell officiating. The interment took place at the Coronation Cemetery with a luncheon to follow in the Lower Hall of the Church which was prepared and served by the Sunshine Club.
As an expression of sympathy and in loving memory of Patsy, memorial contributions may be made to the Coronation Hospital Foundation, in care of Coronation Funeral Home P.O. Box 358 Coronation, Alberta TOC 1CO, who have been entrusted with the care and funeral arrangements. 403.578.2928.
Condolences can be forwarded to the family by visiting www.coronationfuneralhome.ca