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Patricia B. Olmsted

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Patricia B. Olmsted, 93, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011, in Alamogordo. She was born Jan. 26, 1918, in Dunbarten, N.H., to Harold L. and Dorothy M. (Millis) Burnham.
In 1951 Patricia Olmsted moved to Alamogordo where she married John Olmsted Jr. She owned and operated Fashion Fabrics until she retired in 1972. After retiring she became an active RSVP, volunteering at Oregon School for many years as a teacher's aide and crosswalk guard. She was a charter member and early president of Alamogordo Altrusa Club and a member of Alamo Extension Club. She also volunteered at the Alamo Senior Center since its inception.
She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Dorothy Round, of Beach River, Fla. She is also survived by Louie and Joann Reynolds and daughter Elisha, who were like family to Patricia. Patricia is also survived by her faithful and compassionate care giver of six years, Sarah Dodson.
Pat was full of knowledge, always sharing and teaching new words. She was Joann's "walking dictionary." Pat's passions included rescuing animals, sewing, traveling, and let's not forget chocolate. Pat loved living on Pecan Street where she enjoyed sitting in her chair looking out "her window to the world." Pat's care givers loved spoiling and pampering her with daily visits at home to her own personal boutique. She would start her day with a stylish outfit and hairdo of her choice followed by home cooked breakfast and "The 700 Club" with coffee. Then off she'd go on her daily stroll around the block to enjoy the beautiful New Mexico sunshine, returning home to anxiously await Meals on Wheels. She greatly appreciated all of the friendly volunteers but especially enjoyed when, as she would say, "a handsome military personnel" would walk through the door with her all-time favorite meal, green chili chicken enchiladas. Her day continued as she was pampered with her nails being polished and getting her daily massage. Pat especially looked forward to Sundays because it was "pajama day" where she would lounge all day in her favorite pink kitty cat pajamas. On a daily basis she looked forward to visits with Esther and Wisdom, the Reynolds dogs, listening to Lawrence Welk's "Biggest Hits" and watching the squirrels and birds outside her big window. Pat also loved when Officer Reynolds would come by in uniform and kiss her on her forehead on his way to work.
The family extends a special thanks to the staff at Alamogordo Home Health Care, especially Larry and Denise, who were so compassionate and caring when it came to Pat's needs.
A memorial service will be conducted Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011, at 2 p.m. at Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home with Louie Reynolds officiating.
The family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral home to direct the arrangements. Cremation will take place locally at PCS.
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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Oct. 21 to Nov. 21, 2011
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