On Sunday, June 27, Patty peacefully passed on from this life surrounded by her loving family.
Patricia was born in 1946 to Dorothy Childs in Portsmouth Naval Hospital. Forever remaining a momma’s girl, raised to be an animal-loving, barefoot farm girl. Patty found every opportunity to bring stray critters into her home. Dogs, cats, and even ducks found refuge and care.
She met the love of her life, Bill, in 1970 at Fort Story Officers Club. Who would have thought he would become her dancing partner for the next 49 years.
Patty was protective, loved fiercely, and fought like a warrior. She was strong, smart, brave, beautiful, kind, and so very loved. Her laugh was infectious, with unwavering compassion for all people and animals. Her door was always open to anyone in need. She taught herself to repair, paint, and fix just about anything. Being known as the “Jill of all Trades”, every day was like an episode of Trading Spaces, surprising her husband with nearly finished DIY projects.
Her hobbies included cooking, baking rolls so light and fluffy they floated to the ceiling, and decorating. She loved Christmas time and truly captured the magic of Christmas in transforming their home into a winter wonderland that even Mrs. Claus would envy.
Patty’s fire and strength will forever burn on through her daughters, Mechelle Bush and her wife Lynn Crowley, Aimee and husband Michael Bader, Sunny and husband James Hawkins, and Amber Armbrister.
Most of all, her love goes on through her favorite people, her grandchildren. She would tell you unabashedly that she loved them most of all. To the moon and back: Megan, Will, Emma, Honor, and River.
A memorial service in celebration of her life will be held on July 10, 2021, at 2 pm at Altmeyer Funeral Home Southside Chapel. A reception will follow at the Marchands’ home at 4 pm.