Sister Patsy Ann Dearborn died peacefully at the age of 80, as a result of a brain aneurysm, on February 4, 2020 at her daughter’s home surrounded by her family in Houston, Texas. Sister Patsy was born on June 28, 1940 in Marshall, Texas to the late Willie Kennedy and Macknola Woodrow. She was the second of nine siblings. Sister Patsy accepted Christ as her savior with St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church and later moved her membership to Greater Ulit Missionary Baptist Church where she was a longtime faithful member. Sister Patsy retired from the State of Texas as a nurse’s aide after a long and fulfilling career, and due to her genuine heart and giving spirit, Sister Patsy worked as a home health care provider for many years after retirement.
Besides her parents and loving husband, Reverend Vernon R. Dearborn, Sister Patsy was preceded in death by sons, Dennis Kennedy, Willie Kennedy , Fred Williams and daughter, Denise Oliver
Sister Patsy is survived by daughters Carol Ogar (Fidelis) Houston, Texas, Debra James Nwaokwu (Ben Paul) Austin, Texas and dearest sister, Sylvia Carter (Houston, Texas). Sister Patsy adored her 17 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren and many nephews, nieces, and cousins.
Sister Patsy was a devoted friend to many and she cherished those special relationships. She was also a remarkably talented and versatile artist. Throughout her life, Sister Patsy was continuously engaged in many creative endeavors, especially quilting and ceramics. Those who had the fortune to know her will forever attest to the warmth and kindness she offered during her life’s journey. Her presence will continue to be felt in the communities and relationships she touched. Sister Patsy was a deeply devoted mother who had a zest for life. She was deeply loved and will be dearly missed.
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