Patricia Ann “Pat” Burgess, also referred to by loved ones as “Patsy,” age 69, passed away Saturday, May 22, 2010, at her home following a lengthy battle with COPD/emphysema.
A memorial service honoring her life will be held at Grace Episcopal Church, 820 Broadway, Paducah, Ky., Saturday, June 12, 2010, from 1 until 3 o’clock including visitation following the memorial. Parking information or directions to Grace Episcopal Church may be obtained by calling 443-1363, or by visiting www.gracepaducah.net.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lourdes Hospice, P.O. Box 7100, Paducah, KY 42002-7100.
Patricia was born in Paducah, Ky., and spent the majority of her youth and formative years growing up there. Her father moved the family to Clifton, Tenn., during her early high school years, but soon returned to Paducah, where the family settled. As a young woman, she worked as a telephone operator for South Central Bell. She attended Paducah Tilghman High School, where she met her future husband, Samuel N. Burgess III. The two were married the 3rd day of November in 1961 and made their home in Paducah, where they had three children: one son, Samuel IV and two daughters, Valerie and Shannon. Early in her marriage, Pat involved herself in a number of activities including serving as a reading tutor for the special education program at Reidland Elementary School, volunteered her time and resources designing and sewing costumes and uniforms for school events, and she helped to facilitate a group of interested young women to organize the first-ever high school sorority at Reidland High School, Delta Sigma Phi. She enjoyed working with these young women to organize many events such as food baskets for those in need. She also involved herself with an annual Christmas caroling tradition for “all the Reidland kids” who loved her so much. As her children grew, Pat established her own very successful custom drapery design business and later worked as a freelance interior design consultant. Pat was always engaged in a myriad of varied interests; an aspiring artist, she radiated with creative energy in her love to paint, herb and flower gardening, sewing, embroidery, quilting, and interior design. She was gifted with creative vision and elegance admired by all. She loved to create beauty and created many beautiful and treasured works of art. One of her gifts was to encourage and inspire others in their own creative vision. She also loved studying birds, particularly bluebirds. Prior to the onset of her disease, Pat was able to take the trip of a lifetime touring Europe for 22 days with family. This trip alone triggered an explosion of her imaginative creativity, resulting in many beautiful paintings and other works of art. Her artistry brought her great pleasure and satisfaction. The last year of Pat’s life was greatly enriched by her association with her hospice nurse, Debbie Briney, who became a treasured friend.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Eva Yates; her father, Captain Edward T. Yates; her brother, Billy Jack Yates; and her brother-in-law, Randall Henson.
She is survived by her husband, Samuel N. Burgess III; her son, Samuel N. Burgess IV of Calvert City; her two daughters, Valerie Taylor of Paducah and Shannon Garrett of Nashville, Tenn.; her sister, Donna Jean Henson of Paducah; two nieces, Carmen Azar and Katie Holmes, both of Paducah; her brother-in-law, Richard C. Burgess and his wife, Ellen Burgess of Tulsa, Okla.; her beloved grandchild, Matthew Taylor of Paducah; and lifelong friends, Paul and Rose Peter of Madison, Wis.