Patricia Ruth Francis THRASH
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THRASH Patricia Ruth Francis, departed peacefully and comfortably at home, with her loving family at her bedside. She follows her beloved husband of 57 years, John Curtis Thrash, Jr., three and half years after his death. Patricia was a charismatic personality, full of life and laughter, and both the instant and enduring friend of almost everyone she ever met. She mentored countless young adults and children. However, the primary and enduring focus of her life was her family and most special was her devotion and dedication to her husband, John. Although grateful for the family and life they shared, Patricia's path these past few years since losing John can only be viewed by her surviving family members as the conclusion of a beautiful and compelling love story between two profoundly connected individuals. Born on Flag Day, June 14, 1931, Patricia was the only daughter of Elizabeth "Bessie" Caudill and Lawrence Francis, living most of her early years in her birthplace of Cincinnati, OH, with her two brothers Charles and Thomas. The family's business investments in the restaurant industry led to journeys across the United States, including a joyous and extended stay in Los Angeles, CA during Patricia's teenage years. When, as an attractive young woman in her late teens, her father moved the family to Penwell, TX, Patricia met a young petroleum engineer working nearby in drilling operations for Texaco. Patricia and John were married Dec 21, 1949 and shortly thereafter the couple began their family, first with their daughter Denise, then son John, then youngest daughter, Allison. Moving through several oilpatch communities including Midland, Odessa, Dallas and Oklahoma City, and after another period of service by John in the Navy during the Korean Conflict, the family finally settled in Houston. PPatricia and John had been happily married to one another for 57 years before John's death. They were blessed with a granddaughter, Meghan Patricia Thrash, with whom Patricia and John held a particularly close relationship. Patricia was a member, officer and director of numerous professional, civic and charitable organizations and boards. She financially supported many civic, medical and arts organizations and research efforts. Patricia briefly attended the University of Oklahoma studying Painting and Sculpture, and afterwards sold and displayed numerous works over the years, but her primary avocation was the study and research of Genealogy. She was a member of the Colonial Dames XVII Century, Colonel John Alston Chapter; National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Alexander Love Chapter; Texas Division National Society Magna Charta Dames and Barons; Order of Descendants of Colonial Cavaliers; Dames of Colonial Cavaliers; National Society United States Daughters of 1812; Texas Society of the United States Daughters of 1812; National Society Daughters of the American Colonists; Daughters of the American Colonists, La Salle Chapter; National Society Sons and Daughters of the Pilgrims, Texas Branch; Texas Society Continental Society Daughters of Indian Wars. She ultimately became involved with many professional and educational organizations, museums and institutions, including the Kentucky Historical Society; Knott County Historical and Genealogical Society and Library; Clayton Library, Center for Genealogical Research; and many others meaningful to her. In addition to her three children and granddaughter, Patricia is survived by her brother, Dr. Charles E. Francis and many beloved family members and dear friends. The Family wishes to thank the following extraordinary individuals for their exceptional care given to Patricia in her time of need: John Volpi, M.D., Methodist Neurological Institute, and Madeline Domask, M.D., Village Family Practice; Svanhaniel Crim, R.N. and the compassionate staff of Houston Hospice; and her loving team of private caregivers: Yolanda Montero, Gabriela Amin, Marta Cerros, Damaris Vasquez, Rebeca Armendariz, Jose Zavala and Sean Berman. The children of Patricia will be forever grateful to Juan Carlos Popoca for the selfless, round-the-clock, diligent watch he lovingly maintained over her. Services will be held Mon, April 12, 2010, at 5pm at The Sanctuary at Unity Church of Christianity, 2929 Unity Drive, Houston, TX. In lieu of flowers or similar expressions of condolence, the family requests that contributions be given, if desired, in the name of Patricia Ruth Francis Thrash to any of the following organizations: Lewy Body Dementia Association 912 Killian Hill Road SW, Lilburn, GA 30047 Alzheimer's Association P.O.Box 96011 Washington D.C. 200906011 www.alz.org/donate Parkinson's Disease Foundation 1359 Broadway, Ste. 1509 New York, NY 10018 www.pdf.org">www.lbda.org Houston Hospice 1905 Holcombe Blvd. Houston, TX 770304123 www.houstonhospice.org Alzheimer's Association P.O.Box 96011 Washington D.C. 200906011 www.alz.org/donate Parkinson's Disease Foundation 1359 Broadway, Ste. 1509 New York, NY 10018 www.pdf.org
Published in Lexington Herald-Leader on Apr. 18, 2010.
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April 19, 2010
Your Mother was so beautiful, she was beautiful inside and out, everyone that knew her loved her. I was so previliged to get to know her. Several years ago she came to Letcher County and came looking for me, she came to my place of work along with your dad of course, but I am so glad she did. I had a great respect for her and I will miss her so much. My Grandmother Ludema was her mothers sister. She was a very special lady, I felt honored to know her.
Merlene Davis Day
April 19, 2010
The Pine Mountain Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution would like to send our condolence to Patricia's family. She was a great assett to our local chapter as well as the National Society. She was a great lady and was a big help to us. We were honored to have her in our Society and will miss her very much.
Merlene Day
April 19, 2010
The Letcher County KY Historical and Genealogical Society would like to send our condolence. Patricia was a member of our society, she had a great interest in her genealogy and family history She was a great assett to our society, she helped us in many ways with advise and donations. We were so proud to have her as a member. We will really miss her. Merlene Day/Secretary/Treasurer
Merlene Day
April 19, 2010
The Pine Mountain Chapter Daughters of the American Revoluution would like to send our condolences to your family. Patricia was a great assett to the National D.A.R. as well as our local chapter, she was so happy to be a menber and we were honored to have her. We will miss her greatly. Pine Mountain Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution. Merlene Day/Correspondence Secretary
Merlene Day
April 19, 2010
So sorry for the loss of your great mother, she was a very special lady, we will all miss her so much. May God Bless. Your Letcher cousin Merlene Davis Day
Merlene Day
April 13, 2010
My deepest sympathy... your mother was a very nice person. I appreciate everything she did for me and for my family. She opened her house and heart to me, whenever no one else would, and that is something I would never forget... Ivan Oregon
ivan oregon
April 12, 2010
John and Family,

The Locke family sends our condolences at this time for the loss of your mother. I know how close you are to her. Godspeed my good friend.

Patrick Locke, Sr.
Patrick Locke
April 12, 2010
Dear John, my condolences and prayers are with your family. Tricia Sigh (Katy, TX)
April 12, 2010
I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. I was able to visit with her several times while visiting Randy, when he lived in Houston. We would talk about family and catch up on our lives. You will be in my thoughts & Prayers. Elva Pridemore Marshall
April 12, 2010
Dearest John,
Our condolences to you and your family. Your monther was a wonderful lady and I truly enjoyed times we spent together with you putting her on the highest of pedistals. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.


Jeffery and Kathy Lowney
Jeffery Lowney
April 11, 2010
I know that the family will miss Patricia. My love to Allison and family. My deepest sympathy, Sylvia Gadbois Wolbert
Sylvia Gadbois Wolbert
April 11, 2010
I enjoyed my many conversations and visits with Mrs. Thrash. She was a wonderful person with a huge heart, and she will be very missed!
Kathryn Wimberly Spinelli
April 10, 2010
My deepest sympathy to the THRASH family. may the God of all comfort give your family strength to endure. 2 Corinthians 1:3,4.
J Long
April 10, 2010
Condolences and sympathy to the family from Karen and Byron Hood.
Byron Hood
April 10, 2010
denise and john-both you and your mother are in my thoughts and prayers. jeff ludwig,houston.
April 10, 2010
Dear John,

I am very sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Sharon Gray, J.D.
(Rayburn '72)
Sharon Gray
April 9, 2010
Her heart was immeasurably large, and in deed, was very generous to the Knott County Historical Society and its members. Her family and friends here send our love and prayers for the family.
Those of you who have met or talked with her over the phone know how contagious her kindness and bubbly wit were. She brought sunshine into many of our lives and many of us will think of her and her sayings every day for the rest of our lives - a truly remarkable lady of taste and beauty.
A light dimmed, a brilliant legacy, a loving soul now reunited with her "Loving Curty," and the Lord.
David R. Smith
April 9, 2010
BE IN PEACE AND MAY GOD BE WITH YOU.
WE NEVER MET, YET MEETING JOHN SAYS IT ALL!!!
WITH RESPECT AND WORMTH TILL ALWAYS.

JOAQUIN FERNANDEZ DE CORDOVA HOHENLOHE
JOAQUIN FERNANDEZ DE CORDOVA HOHENLOHE
April 9, 2010
Mrs. Thrash, you were a shining jewel! All my best to you always and forever… Marlee Cunningham
Marlee Cunningham
April 9, 2010
Mrs. Thrash:

There are many of us that were fortunate enough to be touched and guided by your friendship. We will miss you!
Scott Sperling
April 9, 2010
Dear John,

I am so sorry for your loss. Your Mother was a wonderful person, and I am so happy I had the opportunity to meet her many years ago. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

With Deepest Sympathy,
Pat LaSalle
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