Patsy Lester

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Patsy Joyce Grisham Lester, known by many as "Little Baw Baw" or "Baw Baw Pat," surrendered her well-worn and beloved dance card on March 17, 2016.

Born on March 27, 1927 in Wittenberg, Texas, Pat was raised by a large extended family in Houston. As a child, she was a gifted gymnast and was billed by newspapers as "Little Patsy Joyce, tiniest acrobat in the South!"

Pat met and married the love of her life, Jack Thomas Grisham, while attending Lamar High School. Together they had four sons: Stanley, Thomas (Tommy), Robert (Bobby) and William (Kelly). In 1957, Pat escorted Jack to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota where Jack, at 32 years old, underwent one of the first open heart operations in history. Tragically, Jack never made it back to Texas ------ but Little Baw Baw never lost her zest for life or her unmatched sense of humor.

Orphaned as a teenager, without any siblings, Pat raised four boys by herself ------ or as she would say, "with the help of many good friends" in the then small town of Conroe, Texas. In 1965 she married her second love, Howard Herman Lester, and spent the next chapter of her life travelling the world and operating restaurants in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Pat's final years with Howard were spent in Boerne and San Antonio enjoying the beauty of the Hill Country. After Howard's death in 1993, Pat returned to the Houston area where she spent the remainder of her years near family watching her grandchildren grow up, get married and have the next generation. As an only child, one of her greatest dreams was to have a large family and in her final years when asked how many there were now, with a twinkle in her eye and a smile on her lips she would just say, "I lost count."

Despite the passage of time, geography and circumstance, Pat retained many dear friends from her childhood in Houston and her years in Conroe, most of whom have preceded her in death. She is survived by all four of her sons, numerous grandchildren, a small army of great-grandchildren and even a great-great grandchild. The family gathered to remember her life on Friday, March 25, 2016, 10:30 a.m., at Conroe Memorial Park - McNutt Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Pat's honor to the .


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McNutt Funeral Home & Crematory
1703 Porter Road
Conroe, TX 77301
(936) 756-2724
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Published on from Mar. 22 to Apr. 4, 2016
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