On Saturday, May 24, 2014, Patsy Vernon lost her battle with cancer. We are sad for our loss, but thankful for her gain to be pain free and celebrating eternal life with the Lord.
Patsy Delores Johnston Vernon was born September 3, 1939 in Logan, New Mexico, to Herman B. and Rose Irene (Harvey) Johnston. Her family moved to Tucumcari,
NM. where she attended Tucumcari High School where she was voted Miss Tucumcari
High School and graduated in 1957. Patsy married her high school sweetheart, Dean C. Vernon Sr. on October 19, 1957, at First Baptist Church in Tucumcari. Following their marriage, the couple lived in Grants, NM, then in Lubbock, Texas. Patsy worked as a cashier for Piggly Wiggly Grocery Store, helping to support the family while Dean was
attending Barber college. Their son, Dean Jr., was born while they lived in Lubbock. In
1959, they moved to Carlsbad, NM, she was a homemaker while Dean started his barber
career. They then had their first daughter, Kristie, in 1960 and later their second daughter,
Sonja in 1969. Patsy was a member of Blodgett Street Baptist Church and actively
participated in a local sorority when she and Dean first moved to Carlsbad, making many
dear lifelong friends.
Patsy will be forever remembered for her unwavering faith, patience and loving, tender nature. She loved sharing the Lord with others and helped introduce Him to her children and grandchildren. She was always very caring and looked after others, being everyone's shoulder to cry on, ear to vent to and always providing a comforting word.
Patsy was always very giving and never expected much for herself. Christmas was her
favorite holiday and she went the extra mile making it festive, fun and memorable for
everyone. She loved family gatherings, parties, cookouts and playing games like 31
and dominos ... she was quite the competitor. She loved her family very much and was
always the quiet, behind the scenes strength for her family. She loved caring for and
spending time with her three children: Dean C. Vernon Jr. and wife, Brigitte of Carlsbad,
NM, Kristie Merkel and husband, Ed of Carlsbad, NM, Sonja Chatfield of Maricopa,
Ariz.; 10 grandchildren: Amber Willier, Stephanie Patterson, Deana Rogers, Joana Wells,
Ashlyn Chatfield, Joseph Robinson, Bradley Davis, Brennan Davis, Lane Chatfield,
Lanndan Chatfield; 19 great-grandchildren; sister, Wilma Miller and husband, Donnie
of Albuquerque, NM, numerous nieces and nephews and her dogs, Sassy, Sammy and
Patsy was preceded in death by her husband, Dean C. Vernon Sr.; her parents; sisters:
Alna Cooper, Oletha Yocom; brothers: Alton and Troy Johnston and son-in-law, Randy
A visitation will be held 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. Thursday, May 29, 2014, at Denton-Wood Funeral Home. Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, May 30, 2014, at Blodgett Street Baptist Church with Pastor David Prell officiating. Interment will follow in Carlsbad Cemetery, Carlsbad, New Mexico.
Denton-Wood Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Pallbearers will be Joseph Robinson, Bradley Davis, Brennan Davis, Tim Rogers, Raymond Wells, Wyatt Bolen, Mike Willier and Brian Dobson. Honorary pallbearers are Lane Chatfield and Lanndan Chatfield.
Memorial contributions may be made to
, P.O. Box 1856,
Clovis, NM 88101.
Condolences may be expressed at dentonwood.com
Denton-Wood Funeral Home
1001 North Canal Street Carlsbad, NM 88220
Published in Carlsbad Current-Argus on May 29, 2014