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Platter passed peacefully in her home on February 5, 2013 surrounded by friends and family. Born on February 26, 1921 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Patricia was the middle child of Mac Rodolf and Frances Hemphill. She attended Randolph Macon and was a member of Alpha Chi Omega before transferring to the University of Texas at Austin.
In addition to graduating with a Bachelors in Business Administration, it was there where she met the love of her life, Herbert Lingo Platter. They moved to Houston shortly after World War II, and lived near Woodway and Sage for the past 50 years. While he was an attorney for Schlumberger and a became a Federal Magistrate, she was active in multiple charities and institutions in the Houston area, including but not limited to the Children's Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Runaway Hotline. She loved to read, was active in arts and crafts, and was also a member of St. Martin's Episcopal Church.
She is preceded in death by her brother, John Rodolf, her son, Alan, and her husband, Herbert Lingo. She is survived by her sister Betty Brooke, daughter Joan Gavin, son Brian Platter, son-in-law Skip Gavin, daughter-in-law Italia Catania, grandchildren Francis Lynn Shaw, Patricia Anne Hammersley, P. Lingo Platter, Cristina Platter, and great-grandchildren Tiffany, Hunter, Brett, Ayden, and Emmalyn.
The family wishes to thank Betty Odom and Paula Felder for their years of loving and compassionate care. A celebration of her life will be held on Friday, February 15, 2013 at St. Martin's Church on Woodway and Sage at 2pm. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to The Children's Museum of Houston.
Published in Houston Chronicle on Feb. 10, 2013