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Patricia Lynn "Patsy" Stevens Molter was called to meet her heavenly Father on Wednesday, July 18, 2012. Patsy passed away peacefully in her home with her loving family by her side.

Patsy was born June 11, 1959 in Jacksonville, Florida to the late William Robert Stevens of Lafayette and Mary Jane Stevens of Kentland, who survives. She grew up in Kentland, Indiana and graduated from South Newton High School in 1977. After high school she attended Indiana State University. She married Michael E. Molter at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in 1980. They made their home in Lafayette and have been parishioners of St. Mary's Catholic Church. With the help of, or many may say in spite of her husband, Patsy raised two fine sons, Zachary Michael Molter of Lafayette and Nicholas John Molter of Muncie, Indiana, who survive. Her stepmother Mary Stevens of Lafayette and her dearest friends and sisters, Melinda K. "Mindy" Molter of Monticello, Jane Molter of Lafayette, and Margaret "Marcy" Molter of Westfield also survive.

Patsy was an employee of Furrow Building Materials where she worked in the accounting and management office for 15 years. Patsy and Mike formed Twin City Collision Repair Inc. in 1992 where she worked part time for three years and then full time since 1995. Patsy's skills, dedication and unwavering commitment have been the driving force in her company's growth. She and her husband own two collision centers in Lafayette and a third is currently under construction in Fishers, Indiana. She has held many positions within the company and was always eager to jump in wherever and whenever needed. Her preference, however, was always to work behind the scenes and her unassuming way of getting the job done while giving praise and credit to others was remarkable. Patsy is loved by everyone she worked with.

Patsy was involved with many Tippecanoe School Corp. activities including McCutcheon Football and Cross Country and was founder of the McCutcheon AIM program. (Adults Involved in McCutcheon) where she volunteered every week for nine years. Patsy promoted and contributed to Breast Cancer Awareness, the YWCA Women's Cancer Program, The American Cancer Society, Riley Children's Hospital and the March of Dimes. The Twin City Collision Repair Swing for a Cure Classic golf outing has always been unofficially held in her honor. She has been a volunteer at the Lafayette Urban Ministry and the Community and Family Resource Center. Being a Mother, Patsy cared deeply about all children. In 2001 she traveled to Montana and personally met with Mr. Harry Granader, a McDonald's franchisee from Detroit and founder of Camp-Mak-A-Dream, a children's oncology camp in Gold Creek, Montana. After a tour of his ranch and the children's camp with Harry and his wife, she went to work. Through her efforts with them and the National Auto Body Council she helped raise over $500,000 to build an on-site Medical Center so that children with cancer could attend a summer camp while continuing treatment. The medical center was completed in 2003. She was recognized for her work in Atlanta, Georgia and received the 2002 National Pride Award from the National Auto Body Council, the only one awarded to a collision service professional that year. But true to form Patsy declined the trip to Atlanta to receive the award in public. She needed no award and sought no credit for her work. She saw those kids and wanted to help, that's all there was to it. Patsy was one of those rare, special individuals that truly believed in service to others. She was always quick to help and to give and never asked for anything in return.

Patsy battled cancer since 1998 and did so the same way she lived her life, with amazing strength, courage, dignity, determination. Those who know her best, including her doctors and nurses, will never say that cancer beat her. Patsy "kicked cancer's ass" for over 13 years. Through her business and charitable work she has touched countless lives. Lives of people she knew and many others she will never know, and she remains an inspiration to us all. We are all better for having known her and the world is a better place for her having been here. In addition to her work, she enjoyed caring for her family and her dogs; she enjoyed reading, cooking, movies, traveling, fly-fishing, Purdue basketball, and "Football Saturdays" would find her at Ross-Ade Stadium enjoying friends and cheering on the Boilermakers. From the time she was a little girl, her favorite movie was "The Wizard of Oz" and favorite song "Somewhere Over the Rainbow". And we know that's where she is now, in Heaven, somewhere over the rainbow. When you see a rainbow please smile, say a prayer, and believe. Her light is shining on us still. Patsy will be deeply missed but shall remain forever in our hearts.

Visitation from 5-8 p.m. Friday, with Rosary at 4:45 p.m., at Hippensteel Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, 10 a.m. at St. Mary Cathedral. Lunch and memories after Mass at the St. Lawrence Social Hall.

In lieu of flowers please make a contribution to one of Patsy's favorite charities, the YWCA Women's Cancer Program or Camp-Mak-A-Dream. Patsy would have liked it that way. That was always her way…giving to others.

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Published in the Journal & Courier from July 18 to July 19, 2012
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