Patricia "Pati" Bannister
1929 - 2013
Pati Bannister passed away on Friday, July 12, 2013 after a brief illness.
Pati was born in Highgate, England, overlooking London in 1929. Pati had art lessons as a young girl and ultimately went to work for J. Arthur Rank, the moviemaker, as an animator where she spent a great deal of time working on detail, composition, and color mixing.
At 22 years old, Pati came to the United States as a governess for a family in Connecticut. Later she became a flight attendant in Florida where she met her future husband, Glynn. Little did she know he would become the strongest influence in her life as he inspired her to pursue and share her artistic abilities with the public.
In 1958, she and her husband moved to New Orleans and Pati started painting portraits in Jackson Square. Ultimately, she and Glynn would own two art galleries located in the French Quarter. In the late 1960's, they moved to the Mississippi Gulf Coast where her art business thrived making her a nationally known artist. She continued her career painting young girls backgrounded with the New England countryside. She retired in 2005, using her time to take piano lessons, gardening, and traveling extensively.
Memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society of South Mississippi, 2610 25th Ave, Gulfport, MS 39501 or
, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
A Memorial gathering and celebration of Pati's life and art will be held on Friday, July 19, 2013 at 5:00 PM at the RIEMANN FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 11280 Three Rivers Rd, Gulfport.
An online obituary may be viewed and memories shared at www.riemannfamily.com.
Published in The Sun Herald on July 14, 2013