Patricia Dorothy Lauridsen, known to all as "Patsy," nee Powers, 91, passed away Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, in Sullivan.
Patsy, daughter of the late Richard Lee Powers and wife Lucille Ruby, nee Collier, was born Oct. 22, 1921, in St. Louis. She was united in marriage to Carl Madsen Lauridsen July 12, 1947, and two children came to bless this union.
Patsy was a Christian of the Lutheran faith, believing in the Lord as her Savior. During her working career, Patsy worked at an ammunitions plant during World War II. In later years, she was employed as a sales clerk at JC Penney in St. Louis. She was an active and vibrant lady and was involved in the community. She served as chairperson for the Franklin County OATS Support Committee, and also was a member and past president of the Wellston School PTA, active there for 14 years. Patsy had a variety of interests throughout her life. She loved the outdoors, especially camping on the Meramec River and riding motorcycles. She had an outgoing nature, was very active and loved living life to the fullest. Going sky diving on her 80th birthday was one of the highlights of her life. What meant most to her though was time spent with her family. She loved to create nicknames for her grandchildren and even some of their friends. Her children and grandchildren held a very special place in her heart, as she did in theirs. The love they shared and many precious memories they created will forever be cherished by all of them.
Patsy was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Madsen Lauridsen; parents, Richard Lee Powers and Lucille Ruby Powers Bewig; stepfather, John W. Bewig I; one brother, John W. Bewig II; three sisters, Margaret "Peggy" Creighton, Lorraine Mossinghoff and Shirley Harvill.
She is survived by her children, Richard Lee Lauridsen and wife Mari, St. Clair, and Chris Lauridsen, Steelville; one sister, Elizabeth Litzinger, Florida state; three grandchildren, Jeff Lauridsen and wife Ann, Washington, Mark Lauridsen, Affton, and Tricia Tune and husband Keegan, St. Peters; two great-grandchildren, Paige Lauridsen Webbe, Washington, and Kinley Rene Tune, St. Peters; one brother-in-law; one sister-in-law; nieces; nephews; great- and great-great-nieces and -nephews; cousins; other relatives and many friends.
A graveside service was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, at Laurel Hill Memorial Gardens, St. Louis, with the Rev. Jim Watson officiating.
The family of Patsy Lauridsen entrusted the services of their loved one to Russell Colonial Funeral Home, St. Clair.