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Patricia A. Ankney

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June 28, 2015
For some reason I was thinking about Miss Ankney and her whereabouts. I found many articles about her. What a great lady. I had her for history class in Allegan in 1961, as did my friend April Allison. April was right, Miss Anknet got you to think for yourself. I also had her for Girls Glee Club. She got what she demanded from the girls, remembering at times throwing things to get the best out of the girls. I remembering my grandfather going to one of the school concerts and crying when the Men's Glee Club sang "When You Walk Through a Storm.". She was a great teacher. RIP Miss Ankney!
September 14, 2012
Just this morning I was telling my partner about how Pat Ankney in 1961 Allegan history class had encouraged me in critical thinking about politics, with the result that even though she was proudly a libertarian conservative, I with equal confidence adopted an anarchistic political philosophy. And I could credit her with nurturing my ability to think independently. I'm sorry that our paths never crossed again after she left Allegan, but she is still in my heart.
February 25, 2009
I learned of Miss Pat's death too late to attend the services but I want to add my sympathy and my thanks for teaching me how to be a professional, for introducing me to musical theatre (Carousel in '67?) and for life lessons that will never br forgotten. I still share stories about her 40 years later. There are few people who have that kind of impact on your life.
February 12, 2009
It is truely unfortunate that I am unable to attend the celebration services for Miss Pat. I know she enjoyed it as much as everyone else that was there. Having been through all the highs and lows of being "one of her kids" she often said " I want you guys to sing at my funeral" and I know that was accomplished, just wish I was there to join in. At the time of the celebration I was overseas and unable to get back in time. AS I reflect back fond memories of the musical Carousel and all the musical productions Miss Pat was involved with I wonder if she ever did see an actual Broadway musical! I still can see passion on her face as tears of sweat poured down her brow. She always pushed us to our unimaginable limits and made all believers. Thank you for the courage and support you instilled in me and your kids. We will never forget you.
February 06, 2009
I couldn't sing (and still can't) but I was lucky enough to be considered "one of her kids" by Miss Pat. She simply walked into study hall, pointed at me, and said "You, I need a student assistant." That was all it took. I have so many wonderfult memories of Miss Pat, but the best thing she taught me was how to be a parent. When my daughter was young, just really learning to walk, we were visiting Miss Pat in her classroom and my daughter was banging on the piano and wiggling her butt to the rhythm. When I tried to take her away from the piano, Miss Pat stopped me. She told me then to love my child, protect her, but encourage her and give her her wings to find her own way and her own talents. Thank you, Miss Pat for giving me my wings as a parent....and for teaching me to give my daughter her wings.
February 05, 2009
Ms Pat is one of the best teachers I ever had. I will never forget the rules of theater that she taught me. I always wanted to see her and say thank you for all of the effort she put into us kids. She taught many lessons. God Bless you Ms Pat, I will never forget you.
February 05, 2009
Often I have thought of you, Miss Pat...you helped me grow ~

You taught us so very much! Thank you for the memories and the gifts!

Peace to you and your family.
February 03, 2009
"Miss Pat" has touched many lives over the years, the students who had her as a teacher and mentor, and the students that had the honor of being noticed by her. She was a lady that many loved. I didn't have the honor of being in one of her classes, but was always touched by the way she knew who I was and always supportive of the athlete's and their accomplishments. Heaven will have another beautiful angel for us all to look towards for guidence in trying times. We'll miss you.
January 31, 2009
I think I may be older than anyone else signing this guest book. I met Pat in 1961. I was eleven and I thought she was at least forty. She was fierce, funny, frightening and ferociously talented. Demanding and the best teacher I have ever had. She lit the path for me and for almost fifty years was my support and dear friend. I am so proud to have been a member of "Ankney's Gang". I loved her and will carry her heart in my heart always.I know she is fine now, but I wonder what the rest of will do without her.
January 28, 2009
Miss Pat, you changed so many lives and thank you for being such a strong guide. You will be missed but I know we'll soon be hearing a Heavenly chorus filtering down from above.

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Miss Pat and I at my 20th Class Reunion singing my song!

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