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Patricia Anne (Chapman) Groves


1932 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
Patricia Anne (Chapman) Groves Obituary
Our beloved wife, mother, and grandmother Patricia Anne was born on January 15, 1932, in Plainfield, New Jersey, to Percy H. and Maude B. Chapman. She was their only child. She and her parents later moved to Toledo, Ohio, and then on to Kansas City, Missouri. While in high school, Pat was a member of Rainbow Girls and went on to serve as Worthy Advisor. Upon graduating high school, Pat attended Kansas City Junior College in Missouri, graduating with a degree in business.
Unknown to Pat, Donald Groves had set his eyes on Pat during her senior year in high school. While a sailor in the U.S. Navy out of Norfolk, Virginia, Don realized he needed to return for his sweetheart, Pat, and they married on January 1, 1953 in Kansas City. Don and Pat soon celebrated the birth of their first baby boy, Ronald on October 4, 1953. Following his years in the Navy, Don moved Pat and their son to St. Louis where Pat worked and along with Uncle Sam, to help put Don through college. They finally settled in Overland Park, Kansas, where they stayed for 34 years. Two more sons, Steven and Kenn, were born during those years. The Groves family enjoyed travelling annually to Colorado, spending most of their time in Estes Park. Pat, a dedicated Christian wife and mother, raised her sons and later worked for Sprint.
Upon retirement, both Don and Pat decided to move to Colorado and build their dream home just outside of Glen Haven, Colorado. While in Glen Haven, Pat volunteered at the Rocky Mountain Nature Conservancy that supports Rocky Mountain National Park, was a longtime member of First Christian Church in Loveland, Colorado, and donated her time to the Estes Park library. She loved bowling, hiking, snowshoeing, walking their dog Sam, and traveling throughout the United States with Don. Pat had a great passion for Sudoku, Word Search games, and crossword puzzles. Don and Pat recently celebrated their 62nd anniversary on January 1, 2015.
Pat will be greatly missed by those who survive her: husband, Don; sons Ronn (Nickie) of Greeley, Colorado and Steve (Sally) of Olathe, Kansas; nine grandchildren; thirteen great grandchildren; and one great, great granddaughter. She is preceded in death by her parents Percy and Maude Chapman and son Kenn.
A memorial service was held Thursday, January 15, at 10:30 am at First Christian Church, 2000 N. Lincoln Avenue, Loveland. A celebration will follow at the church.
Private family burial services were held at Estes Valley Memorial Gardens in Estes Park.
Contributions may be made to the Parkinson's Foundation in lieu of flowers.
Published in Estes Park Trail-Gazette on Feb. 14, 2015
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