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Gilchrist, Patricia Lynch After a sudden illness, beloved wife, mother and grandmother, Patricia Lynch Gilchrist, of Dallas, Texas, went home to be with her Savior, Jesus Christ, on October 7, 2010. Born on July 23, 1930, in Fort Worth, Texas, to Eleanor and Shirley A. Lynch, Pat lived in Arlington, Texas until the mid-1940s when she moved to Bryan, Texas, as her father was named head of the Geology Department at Texas A&M. Graduating from Stephen F. Austin High School(now Bryan High School), Pat attended the University of Texas in Austin, where she pledged Pi Beta Phi, and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Pat married Henry Gilchrist in November 1951, residing briefly in Pampa, Texas, then moving to Dallas in 1952. She delighted in being a mother to Tom and Terri and being "Mimi" to John and Ellie. Active in church and community affairs, Pat was a long time member of Highland Park United Methodist Church, The Dallas Woman's Club, Marianne Scruggs Garden Club, the Craig Class, Dallas Country Club, Pi Beta Phi and the Mentor Club. Her servant's heart, fun loving spirit, empathy for others and consistent words of encouragement and support endeared her to family and many cherished friends. She expressed her artistic flair in flower arranging, beautiful penmanship, decorating her home and painting. The family holds near many loving memories. Pat will be dearly missed by the many people touched by her life. Pat is survived by her husband of 59 years, Henry Gilchrist, son Tom Gilchrist and his wife Jennie, of Dallas, grandchildren John Malouf Gilchrist and Mary Eleanor Malouf Gilchrist of Dallas, daughter Terri Gilchrist Plauche and her husband, Chester, of Dallas, her sister Carole Bates and her husband Billy, of Waxahachie, nephew Larry Bates and his wife Andrea, of Moscow, Russia, niece Laura Hodge and her husband DeWain of Waxahachie, and nieces and grandnieces and grandnephews. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, October 12th at 4 p.m. at Highland Park United Methodist Church, followed by a reception in the Great Hall. The Gilchrist family asks that any memorials be made to: The Dallas Woman's Club Foundation, 7000 Park Lane, Dallas, Texas 75225 or Highland Park United Methodist Church Wesleyan Fellowship Benevolence Fund, 3300 Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, Texas 75205.

Published in Dallas Morning News on Oct. 10, 2010
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