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Services for Patsy Jean Alford, age 80, of Palestine, TX will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at Herrington / Land of Memory Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jordan Byrd officiating. Burial will follow at Land of Memory Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 6:00pm - 8:00pm on Friday, June 2, 2017 at Herrington Funeral Home.
Patsy, with her family by her side, passed away on Monday, May 29, 2017 at Hospice of East Texas in Tyler. After a year of fighting lymphoma, she is no longer in pain and is at peace with her Lord and Savior. She was a selfless, nurturing mother to three daughters, six grandchildren, and twelve great-grandchildren. Anyone who knew Patsy knew there was nothing she loved or worried about more, than her family.
Patsy was born on January 26th, 1937 to Naoma Faye Wallace Stewart and Verna Horace (Shelly) Stewart in Palestine, Texas. She was the fourth of six children. During high school she wrote poetry, having published a poem, and was the only female cornet player in the Palestine High School Band.
On June 4th, 1955 she married her soulmate, W.P. "Chubby" Alford. The couple had only been dating for a few months before they decided to tie the knot. When confronted by her children over their brief courting, Patsy simply replied, "Sometimes when you know, you just know." They went on to spend 62 wonderful years together. As was in her style, she made her own wedding dress as well as her attire for their honeymoon trip to New Orleans. The two settled back in their home town of Palestine.
Patsy was also a devoted and talented homemaker. From a young age she picked up the art of sewing from her mother, and enjoyed making her own clothes. As her children grew, she made many custom pieces for her family. She made all three of her daughter's prom and coronation dresses, matching Easter dresses for her granddaughters, and many other custom pieces for family and friends. During her later years, she worked beside her daughters in a family owned and operated floral shop. Second to her sewing, her family and friends knew her for her immaculately clean house that she was so proud of. However, she accepted disorganization, messiness, and a bit of chaos every holiday as she opened her doors to those she loved most. She was known for her delicious, home-cooked meals and coveted recipes, specifically her Thanksgiving dressing, potato salad, and coconut cream pies. Lastly, after retiring, Patsy and Chubby enjoyed taking RV trips across the country and proudly cultivated and tended to their backyard garden, and pear and peach trees. Patsy cooked, canned, and froze the food they grew and graciously gave it to neighbors, family, and friends.
Patsy was a devout Christian and was a member of the First Christian Church in Palestine. She also taught vacation Bible school when her children were young.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Homer Stewart and Horace Stewart; and great-granddaughter, Katherine "Kate" LeAnn Steely. She is survived by her husband W.P. "Chubby" Alford; her sisters, Helen Long of Clearlake and Doris Grounds of Palestine; and brother Don Stewart of Texas City; her daughters, Kerry Alford Hicks and husband Jim of Citrus Heights, California, Cheryl Alford Kimberlin and husband Dave of Montgomery; and Christy Alford Poole and husband Montee of Palestine; her grandchildren Jenny Perkins of Austin, Tara Statham Wanner of Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, Kristin Steely and husband Chad of Elkhart, Ryan Statham of Palestine, Todd Poole and wife Felicia of Palestine, and Kara Poole of Austin; her great-grandchildren Bonner Brazziel, Calloway and Channing Wanner, Cal and Ren Vanderpool, Ty and Sadie Statham, Camden and Ashton Steely, Raelyn and Adalyn Poole; and numerous nieces and nephews and friends.
Pallbearers will be Chris Alford, Bonner Brazziel, Jim Hicks, Dave Kimberlin, Todd Poole, Montee Poole, Ryan Statham, and Chad Steely.
Honorary Pallbearers are Jimmy Alford, Ken Alford, Randy Apodaca, Richard Long, Robert Long, George Patton, Gary Schattel, Larry Schattel, Jerry Stewart, Jimmy Stewart and John Stewart.
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Published on June 1, 2017
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