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Patricia Lynch Gilchrist July 23, 1930 - Oct. 7, 2010 After a sudden illness, beloved wife, mother and grandmother, Patricia Lynch Gilchrist of Dallas went home to be with her Savior, Jesus Christ, on Thursday, October 7, 2010. A memorial service is set for 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 12, at Highland Park United Methodist Church, followed by a reception in the Great Hall. Born on July 23, 1930, in Fort Worth to Eleanor and Shirley A. Lynch, Pat lived in Arlington, Texas until the mid 1940s when she moved to Bryan, as her father was named head of the Geology Department at Texas A&M. Graduating from Stephen F. High School (now Bryan High School), Pat attended the University of Texas in Austin, where she pledged Pi Beta Phi, and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Pat married Henry Gilchrist in November 1951, residing briefly in Pampa, Texas, then moved to Dallas in 1952. She delighted in being a mother to Tom and Terri and being "Mimi" to John and Ellie. Active in church and community affairs, Pat was a long time member of Highland Park United Methodist Church, the Dallas Woman's Club, Marianne Scruggs Garden Club, the Craig Class, Dallas Country Club, Pi Beta Phi and the Mentor Club. Her servant's heart, fun-loving spirit, empathy for others and consistent words of encouragement and support endeared her to family and many cherished friends. She expressed her artistic flair in flower arranging, beautiful penmanship, decorating her home and painting. The family holds near many loving memories. Pat will be dearly missed by the many people touched by her life. Survivors include her husband of more than 59 years, Henry Gilchrist; son and daughter-in-law, Tom and Jennie Gilchrist of Dallas; daughter and son-in-law, Terri Gilchrist and Chester Plauche of Dallas; grandchildren, John Malouf Gilchrist and Mary Eleanor Malouf Gilchrist of Dallas; sister and brother-in-law, Carole and Billy Bates of Waxahachie; nephew, Larry Bates and wife, Andrea, of Moscow, Russia; niece, Laura Hodge and husband, DeWain, of Waxahachie; and nieces and grandnieces and grandnephews. The Gilchrist family asks that any memorials be made to the Dallas Woman's Club Foundation, 7000 Park Lane, Dallas, TX 75225; or Highland Park United Methodist Church Wesleyan Fellowship Benevolence Fund, 3300 Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, TX 75205. Please view and sign the guestbook at www.hillierfuneralhome.com.
Published in Austin American-Statesman on Oct. 10, 2010
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