PATRICIA ANN (ROYER) IRELAND (1937 - 2018)

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PATRICIA ANN (ROYER) IRELAND

Patricia Ann (Royer) Ireland, age 81, was delivered to her Lord on Monday, May 7, 2018 due to complication of cancer. A 30-year resident of Bullhead City, Ariz., Pat passed away at her home in Green Valley, Ariz. with her husband Rich at her side. She was born April 10, 1937 to Leo Royer and Ruth Purcell Royer in Vandalia, Ill.

After graduation in 1955 from Vandalia High School, she received her degree in Education from Southern Illinois University in 1959. She began her long teaching career in Danville, Ill. where she met her husband Richard Ireland. They were married June 17, 1961 at St. James Lutheran Church in Vandalia, Ill..

The Irelands moved to southern California to teach in 1964, where their son Jay was born in 1966. After a brief return to Illinois, the Irelands moved to Bullhead City, Ariz. in 1969. Rich was a member of original faculty of the new Mohave High School, where Pat also taught home economics for 15 years. Pat briefly gave up her teaching career in 1980 to open her Merle Norman Cosmetics shop in Bullhead City. She was so proud of her shop and so much enjoyed her many customers and friends.

Pat was an active member and golfer at Chaparral Country Club and life member of Beta Sigma Phi service and social sorority. She was a founding member of Xi Gamma Epsilon chapter in Bullhead City, along with her mother Gladys Royer and sister Cheri (Royer) Nestrick. She was a founding member of Community Lutheran Church in Bullhead City, Ariz.

The Irelands also enjoyed the river and lake on their boat with their many boating friends. They spent many days and nights with friends on the river or lake. Her fondest memory was the day they got their boat and did a first cruise, pulling the boat around Chaparral streets and picking up passengers as they went. It was a great "street" party.

Pat's pride and joy was her son Jay, a Mohave High graduate and a University of Arizona graduate in architecture. She was also happy when Jay married Nancy in 1992, but Pat's greatest joy was her granddaughters, Emily and Molly. After retiring, Pat and Rich moved to Green Valley, Ariz. In 2007, to be closer to Emily and Molly, Pat and Rich moved to Denver, Colo. The Irelands moved back to Green Valley in 2014 so they could again enjoy the Arizona desert that Pat loved so much.

In her retirement years, Pat enjoyed sewing, talking to granddaughters, crocheting, being with her granddaughters, reading, visiting her granddaughters, shopping, seeing her granddaughters and spending time with family, including her granddaughters.

She was world famous for her great Christmas package wrapping and gorgeous bows. She was quite creative and gifted many hand-made items to her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Leo and Ruth Royer; stepmother, Gladys Royer; and brother, Alan Royer.

Pat is survived by husband, Richard Ireland; son, Jay (Nancy) Ireland, Highlands Ranch, Colo.; two granddaughters, Emily and Molly Ireland, Highlands Ranch, Colo.; sister, Cheri (Kevin) Nestrick, Bullhead City, Ariz.; niece, Dana Nestrick, Chicago, Ill.; and lifelong friends, Sandie and Darrell Wicklein, Las Vegas, Nev.

The Lord blessed all His children with her presence and with her love and kindness.

She now rests in the arms of her Savior and will always be loved by all

Memorial services and internment will be at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at Community Lutheran Church, Bullhead City, Ariz. followed by a lunch and Celebration of Life at Chaparral Country Club, Bullhead City, Ariz.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations to Community Lutheran Church, 2275 Ricca Road, Bullhead City, AZ 86442

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Community Lutheran Church
2275 Ricca Rd
Bullhead City, AZ 86442
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Published in Mohave Daily News Online from May 13 to May 20, 2018