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Patricia Ruth Trautman


1947 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Patricia Ruth Trautman Obituary
On 30 October 2016, Patricia Ruth Trautman passed on. She was born 23 July 1947.

She is survived by Fred and Peter Trautman, her husband and son; Peter's wife Jenna and their two children, Noah and Emma; James Mowell, her father; and her three sisters, Gail McCutcheon, Sharon Brock, and Debbie Dean. She is survived by a large number of nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles
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As a teacher and community organization leader, Pat had an immeasurable impact on the Alamogordo community. La Leche League, Republican Woman of Otero County, Homeschoolers of Otero County, Right to Life of Otero County and King's Treasure are just a few examples.

In the days after our loss we find ourselves at great peace. Pat found deep joy in Jesus Christ, and we had the opportunity to be around a person who lived that profound joy. We find ourselves asking: how can we not be thankful? If for no other reason, Pat wouldn't have tolerated a bunch of moping around. There's life to be lived and joy to be had! (Of course, there's a large mix of emotions here, but all of them boil down to profound sadness and profound gratitude.)

An anecdote about Pat sums it up best. When her son Peter was in brain surgery, near death himself, everyone was in a complete (and understandable!) panic. Not Pat. Pat was making friends, plotting how to get Fred to take her to see the Gershwin musical down the street from the hospital, and of course handing out Wall Street Journal paper clippings to the other families tending to loved ones on the brink of death from massive brain trauma.

We've started calling Pat's approach to life "inappropriate festivity." Festive because she was a joyful person who couldn't help herself. Inappropriate because, well, aren't you supposed to be sad and scared when your only son is dying? Not Pat. There was never an inappropriate time to be joyful.

Pat was inappropriately festive in the face of her own death. Not ten days before she passed she insisted on going on a road trip to Ruidoso to have dinner at a fancy restaurant with Fred and Peter. Never mind that she couldn't eat; she found joy in Fred and Peter eating to their heart's content. Importantly, she was never callous; she loved Jesus Christ, and thus human life, too much. She was overwhelmed by the joy of her God, so fear and sadness rarely broke through.

We thus try to live as Pat lived. Inappropriately festive. Joyful when the world tells us we should be heartbroken.

Memorial Service: At 10 a.m., on Thursday, November 3, 2016, we will celebrate God's gift to us, in the main sanctuary of Christ Community Church on North Scenic Drive. This will be followed by a reception at Fellowship Hall, also at Christ Community Church.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Nov. 2 to Dec. 1, 2016
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