Patricia McBride Newton A native Houstonian, Pat came into this world on 9/19/1925 at St. Joseph's Hospital. Still vibrant and active, she thankfully endured only a short illness, and left us on 1/23/2013. Born to Rita Mullane McBride and Raymond Andrew McBride, Pat grew up in Bellaire and attended St. Agnes Academy and graduated from Stephen F. Austin H.S. in 1943. |
The stars shined on her always, having led the Scottish Brigade as Colonel. She modeled for Saks Fifth Avenue and Palais Royal, was named Miss Houston and ultimately first runner up in the Miss Texas pageant. Pat was discovered by a scout in a theater production of "Cry Havoc" at U of H and offered a Warner Bros. screen test in Hollywood, but wisely chose instead to marry the handsome young Air Force pilot, Frederick Carter Newton of Rockdale, TX. During their 65 years together, she was the quintessential officer's wife, traveling the globe and living everywhere from Biloxi, Miss. to Paris, France. She modeled the runways of Paris, attended the Queen's coronation, played bridge with Mamie Eisenhower, and countless other amazing tales. In 1976, Carter retired from the military and became an executive with Global Marine Drilling Co., and she returned to her beloved hometown of Houston. And before she knew it, she was traveling the globe again, christening rigs and dining with dignitaries. Forever grounded, she cherished what was important, even her elementary school friendships were tended to like a garden and she became an active member of The Fleetwood Association and her church, Emmanuel Episcopal Church.
Pat raised three children and was an amazing mother, dubbed by many family friends as "The Saint" because of her maternal instincts and warm, gentle nature. Her unwavering loyalty and genuine kindness made us all feel like we'd won the lottery.
It bears notation that this saint also had some edge - She loved camping as much as any 5 star hotel. She was an avid fisherman, once reeling in a 17' hammerhead shark up to a 16' boat. She also balanced a baby in one arm and a shotgun in the another, putting a load of buckshot into a burglar's backside. But aside from that burglar, Pat truly had not a single enemy. She made everyone feel special, whether they sold bait or presided over a country.
Pat was preceded in death by her husband, Frederick Carter Newton Sr., and her brother, Raymond Andrew McBride Jr., as well as her parents listed above.
She is survived by her son Frederick Carter Newton Jr. and daughter-in law-Mary McCann Newton of Tucson, AZ; Stephen Barrett Newton of Houston; daughter Kimberly Leigh Newton and grandson Oscar James Newton of Los Angeles, CA.
A memorial service and reception will be held on Saturday, January 26 at 2pm. Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 15015 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77079. A private funeral will be held in Rockdale on Sunday. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be sent in Pat's memory to: Emmanuel Episcopal Church www.emmanuel-houston.org and/or Houston Humane Society www.Houstonspca.org A website has been set up for both Pat and Carter Sr. at http://fcnewton.blogspot.com/. We invite family and friends to visit and write your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org for posting.
Published in Houston Chronicle on Jan. 25, 2013