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Patsy Ruth Howard

Patsy Ruth Howard

Patsy Ruth Howard quietly passed away in her sleep Monday, March 4, 2019. She was aresident of Freeport, Texas and had lived in Country Village Care for the last four years. She is
proceeded in death by two great loves, Tommy Swinford and Jack Howard; her parents, Hester
Bell and Rupert Hendrix; and four older siblings, Elaine Shows, G.R. Hendrix, Marguerite
Dennis, and Billy Gene Hendrix. Honorable mention (and possible third great love) must go to
one special pup, Sweetie, whom brought endless  laughter and joy to the last phase of her life. Patsy Ruth
is survived by her two daughters—Marguerite Lapetina  (Russell) and Stephanie Robinson (Dale Robinson and  Troy Thornton); three grandchildren—Joey Lapetina  (Misty), Angela Slaughter (Andy) and Crocket  Robinson (Katrina); seven great-grandchildren—
Amelia, Ainsley, Aria, Rory, Rebekah-Ruth, and Ralegh;  as well as numerous cousins and friends.  Patsy was born in College Port, Texas on  November 12, 1934. She lived in Bay City and then in  Freeport. Patsy had a deep love for Jesus and the Bible  and was a devoted member of West End Baptist  Church for over  50 years. During those years she taught  ladies Sunday school, helped with GAs, served on
numerous committees, and prayed and cared for an  unmeasurable amount of congregants. She was known  for expressing her love and faith in beautifully  handwritten cards and notes to friends and family.
Many of those friends and family were blessed beyond measure by her wonderful cooking and
baking which included roasts, pies (cherry, pumpkin, and chocolate merengue), and—everyones
favorite, of course—sand tarts. Patsy was also a dental assistant in Freeport with Dr. Joe Slack
for 20 years. Besides her everyday work duties for the office, she spent time holding hands and
comforting patients that needed a little extra encouragement. A couple of her favorite pastimes,
besides cooking, were sewing—mostly for the girls while they were in high school, and gardening
—she and Jack spent hours together in the backyard making things beautiful. She loved and
collected redbirds of all kinds and had the opportunity to gift some of her favorite pieces to her
great-grandchildren over past year as keepsakes. Her family will remember her witty sense of
humor, her sympathy toward those in need, and her generous hospitality. She is greatly loved and
will be greatly missed.


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