MACOMB - Patsy "Pat" L. Naber, age 79, of Austin, Texas, formerly of Macomb, passed away on Saturday, June 7, 2014, in her home, after a long battle with COPD.
Pat was born in Monmouth, Ill., on July 21, 1934, to Edwin C. and Roberta Anderson Miller. She was raised on her family farm until she lost her father in 1944 when she was 9 years old. Pat, her mother and three siblings then moved to Macomb, Ill. Pat married her high school sweetheart, David K. Naber, on June 15, 1952, and was married for 52 years until his death on March 30, 2004. They had two children, John and Anne-Marie.
After living in Macomb, Ill., for many years, Pat and her family lived in Decatur, Ill., during the 1970s, and then Brownsville, Texas, from 1980 until 2009. Pat spent her retirement years living with her children, son-in-law and grandchildren in Austin, Texas.
Pat graduated from Western Illinois University High School in 1952, where she said that she received an excellent education. She attended Western Illinois University and even took classes while still in high school. Early on, Pat edited and made final drafts of dissertations for Ph.D. candidates from various universities throughout the United States.
Professionally, Pat was a legal secretary and loved it. She worked for Flack and Dye in Macomb, Ill., Samuels Miller Law Firm in Decatur, Ill., and for Dennis Sanchez in Brownsville, Texas, with whom she felt like family.
Pat had been active in The Episcopal Church of St. George in Macomb, Ill., St. John's Episcopal Church in Decatur, Ill., and Church of the Advent in Brownsville, Texas. When she could not attend church anymore, Pat was a care receiver from the Stephen's Ministry and the Lay Eucharistic Visitors Ministry from St. Luke's on the Lake in Austin, Texas.
Over her lifetime, Patsy's hobbies included keeping up with technology, crossword puzzles, bridge, reading, counted cross stitch, crochet, knitting and Words with Friends, which she played regularly with her son-in-law.
Pat was preceded in death by her parents, including her stepfather, Clarence Kleinkopf; her husband; and three brothers-in-law, including John E. Davis of Oregon, James H. Naber of Connecticut and David Kelly of Oregon.
She is survived by her children, John E. Naber and Anne-Marie Parkinson (Stuart) of Austin, Texas; her siblings, Doris Miller Kelly of Redmond, Ore., Mary Miller Payne (Jerry) of Roseville, Ill., and Edwin A. Miller (Molly Tinsley) of Ashland, Ore.; her sister-in-law, Donna Naber of Weston, Conn.; her beloved grandchildren, Zo<0x00EB>, Daniel (with whom she shares a birthday) and Matthew Parkinson of Austin, Texas; and 11 nieces and nephews.
Knowing that one of Pat's favorite pastimes was collecting sea shells on South Padre Island, Texas, the family is planning a burial at sea, along with the remains of her husband, in early August.
The family would like to express their appreciation to the many special individuals who participated in Pat's care through Gentiva Hospice.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations in her memory to Easter Seals, the
or the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas.
Arrangements by Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, (512) 263-1511.
Obituary and memorial guestbook available online at www.wcfish.com.