In Memoriam

 

[Cathy:] At around 3:00 a.m. this morning I had my last talk with PattyAnn.

She was struggling and was in a lot of discomfort, but her eyes were open. She could focus on me for those few moments and she responded to my touch.

I asked her if she wanted to hear Psalm 23 and she quickly nodded YES.

“The LORD is my Shepherd, I shall not be in want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside quiet waters.
He restores my soul.
He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil, for you are with me;
Your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

 

326 Comments

  1. Thank you to everyone for all your prayers.

    Don’t stop praying for PattyAnn’s family. Many have been moved by the care and concern we’ve been offering and will continue to be made stronger.

  2. Prayers for John and family:(

  3. Cathy please pass along my deepest sympathy’s to John and Patty Ann’s entire family.

    Please let us know of arrangements when appropriate. I would like to send something from my family.

  4. Someone may wish to put this news in the sidebar at Ace. A lot of folks from there have been putting in a lot of prayer and love for her and her family.

  5. “Don’t stop praying for PattyAnn’s family.”

    Right!

  6. At around 3:00 a.m. this morning I had my last talk with PattyAnn.

    She was struggling and was in a lot of discomfort, but her eyes were open. She could focus on me for those few moments and she responded to my touch.

    I asked her if she wanted to hear Psalm 23 and she quickly nodded YES.

    “The LORD is my Shepherd, I shall not be in want.
    He makes me lie down in green pastures.
    He leads me beside quiet waters.
    He restores my soul.
    He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
    Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
    I will fear no evil, for you are with me;
    Your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

    You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
    You anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.
    Surely goodness and love will follow me
    all the days of my life,
    and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

  7. On it Herr

  8. Sad, sad news.

    PattyAnn, He has you now. Your suffering is at an end.

    Let Perpetual Light shine upon you. May your soul, and the souls of all of the faithful departed, through the Mercy of God, rest in peace forever and ever.

  9. Strength in his word. Excellent choice Cathy.

  10. Aw damn…

  11. Sweet friends here, my body aches from lack of sleep and lots of sadness.

    So sorry. I need more sleep. Will return later.

    Hugs.

  12. I am so sad. My prayers will continue for her husband and family. Thank you Cathy for everything.

  13. Prayers and love to PattyAnn, John and the rest of their family.

    Cath, I was going to update the poat with the 23rd psalm, but I think I’ll use your whole comment instead.

    Gonna go update Ace’s and then I’ll take care of that.

  14. Such sad news. Thanks for the update, Cathy, and thanks for being there for Patty Ann.

  15. You’re a saint Cathy. Patty Ann was so lucky that you were there for her in her time of need.

  16. Damn. Prayers for PA’s Family and all involved.

  17. Poat updated with the “more” tag. Just the way PA would’ve wanted it. 🙂

  18. Thank you for the update, Cathy. I’ll be praying for her family.

    Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes;
    Shine through the gloom and point me to the skies;
    Heav’n’s morning breaks, and earth’s vain shadows flee;
    In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.

  19. Damn it. 😦 Thanks for the update. I wish it was better news.

  20. Cyn, Cathy, and all, thanks for keeping me updated with news of PattyAnn. Prayed for her and family yesterday and kept her in my thoughts. You’re all truly great people. PattyAnn was (and I feel) fortunate to be able to call you friends.

  21. extremely sad news. PA’s family is in my thoughts and my heart today.

  22. God speed Patty Ann.

    Thank you for touching our lives when Moses was born early and as Moses would say you are brave like Thomas.

    Prayers and hugs for Patty Ann’s family and friends everywhere.

  23. I never post much, but I come here every day. I enjoy reading the posts and the banter in the comments.

    My heartfelt sympathy and condolences go out to PattyAnn’s family. I will keep you all in my prayers.

  24. Sympathy, and wishes for comfort and peace to John and the family.

  25. Rest in Peace PA. Continued prayers for John and her family.

  26. Godspeed, Patty Ann. May you be enfolded in the arms of the Lord today, free from pain and immersed in love and peace.

    Prayers for the family.

  27. I will miss Patty Ann. She wasn’t just good.. she was drawn that way.

    God bless and God speed,

    The Cat family

  28. Poat updated with the “more” tag. Just the way PA would’ve wanted it.

    HAHA! Perfect Andy. 🙂

  29. I got ear-wormed by this hymn this morning:

    Glory to Thee for calling me into being
    Glory to Thee, showing me the beauty of the universe
    Glory to Thee, spreading out before me heaven and earth
    Like the pages in a book of eternal wisdom
    Glory to Thee for Thine eternity in this fleeting world
    Glory to Thee for Thy mercies, seen and unseen
    Glory to Thee through every sigh of my sorrow
    Glory to Thee for every step of my life’s journey
    For every moment of glory
    Glory to Thee, O God, from age to age

  30. Oh, and since I’m unemployed, I get the honor of the first beer in her memory.

    *drinks*

  31. Everything has a silver lining, Herr. Just gotta look hard enough.

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  33. Damn.

  34. I’ll toss one back with you Herr.

  35. Prayers for all who will feel her loss.

    RIP Patty Ann

  36. You know how we joke about fake internet friends?

    This does not feel fake.

  37. This does not feel fake.

    Indeed.

  38. Well done, good and faithful servant.

    Abide with Me

    Be Still My Soul

     

  39. God bless and keep you, PattyAnn…

  40. The Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord. Happy trails Patty Ann until we meet again.

  41. I never dreaded a text message so much as I did this morning. So very sorry to hear the news. Thank you, Cathy and Dick for supporting PattyAnn with such devotion and keeping us all informed so diligently.

    Can’t imagine what PattyAnn’s family is going through. I hope the memories of her in happier days can help sustain them.

    Goodbye, PattyAnn.

  42. I wanted to pass along my condolences. I’ve been following the postings that Cathy and others have made and while Patty Ann’s passing is very sad she must have been very comforted to have had friends like you all there to support her.

  43. You know how we joke about fake internet friends?
    This does not feel fake.

    Amen to that, Hotspur.

  44. Farewell, Patty Ann.

    http://tinyurl.com/3gezqwy

  45. Lettest now Thy servant depart in peace,
    according to Thy word,
    for mine eyes have seen Thy salvation,
    a Light to enlighten the Gentiles,
    and to be the Glory of Thy people Israel.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-qN4T5MC74

  46. The “Update on Patty Ann” post has been updated, with a link to this post.

    This hurts so much.

    I had the great good fortune to meet Patty Ann a couple of weeks ago, when I went to visit her in the hospital. She had a spirit that was larger than life. She was so touched by all of the love from all of her “fake” internet friends – I don’t think you can even begin to understand what your prayers, thoughts, flowers, and comments meant to her (and her family).

    Love’s redeeming work is done,
    Fought the fight, the battle won.

    Rest in Peace, dear one.

  47. check you email please Tif

  48. PA so loved Sam Elliott. Here you go 🙂 http://is.gd/fgNdVc

  49. Rest in peace Patty Ann,

    Father, embrace Your daughter Patty Ann, lift up her soul to You directly, so that she can enjoy the warmth and joy of eternity in Your presence, and the reunion with her loved ones that went before her.

    Lord, watch over and protect her loved ones that remain here on Earth and grace them with all of Your mercy, strength, courage, and peace in their time of grief. Reassure them that in the fullness of time, they too will join You and their beloved Patty Ann in Your kingdom, where all will be together forever.

    We pray in Jesus’ name.

    God rest her soul.

  50. I went back and looked at PattyAnns posts regarding the loss of Cranky.

    Oddly enough, PA’s last post was this one, exactly ONE YEAR AGO:

    Cranky, xbrad mentioned you today at Innocent Bystanders.
    I wonder if I’ll ever be able to come here to your blog without tears.

    By: PattyAnn on June 7, 2010
    at 19:02

  51. Thoughts and prayers. PattyAnn will be missed, may she now rest peacefully.

  52. RIP Patty Ann…

    As Dan reminded me yesterday in the thread asking for prayers for BJ Texeira, Patty Ann, a member of “The Hostages” family and longtime doyenne of the internet, was herself still struggling with a life threatening surgical complication and …

  53. I am so sorry to hear this. Truly sad…

  54. Rest in peace sweet Patty Ann. Your memory lives on.

  55. My prayers and condolences go out to her family as well as all of you who where her friends. I’m sorry for your loss.

  56. …as well as all of you who were her friends.

    Sorry.

  57. truly, this one was of The City of God.

    “For the sake of His sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole World.”

    Condolences to her family and all of her friends.

  58. Rest in His Peace, Patty Ann.

    Prayers go up for all who knew and loved you. May they find comfort in the God of all comfort.

  59. If I might suggest that any of you who are FB friends with Patty, you leave a comment on her wall. I think it will mean a lot to her family.

  60. My heartfelt prayers go out to Patty Ann’s family. May she rest in peace in the loving arms of God.

  61. Godspeed, Patty Ann! Prayers going up for her family.

  62. Nice suggestion on the facebookie, Hawtspur.

    Welcome and thank you to all the lurkers and morons from everywhere.

  63. Rest in Peace, Patty Ann. You’ll be missed on Ace of Spades HQ

  64. “They” will say “she is now out of pain”. Because the pain has shifted to us. We will miss you Patty Ann.

  65. My heartfelt condolences to Patty Ann and her family. Also, to all of her friends here and elsewhere in the moronosphere. Thanks to Cathy for all of her wonderful work these last couple of weeks. You folks are really great and the outpouring of sympathy and love here is a fantastic thing to see. Thank you all.

  66. It’s heartening to see our friends from around the blogosphere coming to say goodbye to PattyAnn. This just confirms what I already knew. PattyAnn was sumpin special.

    I’ll miss our gmail chats, pa…….and I’m sad I never got to have one of your delicious pies.
    LAMO, pa, LAMO.

  67. So long and Godspeed, PattyAnn and prayers and condolences to your family.

  68. PattyAnn’s family has asked me to do the funeral and I accepted.

    Visitation will be at a funeral home in Lewisville tomorrow, Wednesday June 8th.

    Funeral service will be at the gravesite on Thursday morning, June 9th.

    I’ll be meeting John and other family members at the funeral home later today, and will share details of the times and places when they are known.

    I told John we ALL are still praying for them and sending them our love and concern. John wants you all to know that he appreciates us all very much.

    John said that he and PattyAnn did not do much ‘socially.’ He knew we were PattyAnn’s favorite place to be. We were like family to her.

    Hugs.

  69. PA, how I envy you! You’ve been relieved of the burden of your mortality and are united in communion with He Whose light and love burned so brightly in you. I will miss you, selfishly, but I am grateful He saw fit to bring you home to His everlasting embrace. My own sorrow is tempered only by my happiness for your reward.

    One last favor to ask: If you get a sec, could you put in a good word for a curmudgeonly and cantankerous Irish Polack? I’m gonna need some help if we’re gonna meet face to face.

    Congratulations on a life lived well, PA, on your legacy of a beautiful family and devoted friends who already miss you terribly, and, most of all, on your eternal reward. There aren’t words for what I’m feeling now, but, rest assured, it’s not all sorrowful and maudlin. You won.

  70. I’m so sad I can’t attend.

  71. You’ve been relieved of the burden of your mortality

    In the spirit of PattyAnn’s wry sense of humor, I read that as

    You’ve been relieved of your burden of morality…………….I’m certain pa and cranky are yukkin’ it up right now.

  72. HaHa! Wry sense of humor is right. No doubt they are PJ.

  73. Godspeed, Patty Ann. You were loved. Special protections for the family.

  74. You’ve been relieved of your burden of morality……

    You’re just envious of her.

    Strumpet. 😛

    PA, pay no nevermind to that hussy Peej. If she keeps mouthing off during your service, I’ll snap her bra like it’s a loaded wrist-rocket. 😉

  75. We lost a kind soul on Earth in Patty Ann. But her soul lives on for eternity with Him.

    Sweet lady. Always a pleasant presence in this place. I remember all the variations of your name that we’d call you. Hope it made you smile, Patty Ann.

  76. Patty Ann will be missed by many. May God continue to bless her and her family.

  77. Bart!

  78. PA, pay no nevermind to that hussy Peej. If she keeps mouthing off during your service, I’ll snap her bra like it’s a loaded wrist-rocket.

    If I’m mouthing off it’s because pa is whispering naughty things in my ear.

  79. If I’m mouthing off it’s because pa is whispering naughty things in my ear.

    I can believe that – there’s no way PA would abide a serious memorial thread for her from US. Ever.

  80. Goodbye darling PattyAnn.

  81. I can believe that – there’s no way PA would abide a serious memorial thread for her from US. Ever.

    Yeppers.

  82. Farewell PattyAnn, aka Sista Slim Mack P.

    She would call me an idiot for giving her a rap name, and we’d laugh about it.

  83. May God bless you Patty Ann, and hold you close. Thank you for sharing this little corner of your life with us. We are blessed just to know you.

    Thank you Cathy, Dick, and others who kept us informed and most importantly, were there for Patty Ann and her family.

    I hate you all.

    *tears

  84. DPUD and I were commenting this morning that she’s upstairs giggling about the silliness of the Exposed Weiner.

  85. I think I got that idea from Bart just now.

    Howdy Bart.

  86. Hi Bart. Miss you.

  87. It’s so not cool to be tearing up while I’m sitting at my desk when people walk by.

    *shakes fist at sky

    PAAATTTYYY ANNNNNNN!!11!1!!

  88. Already had to deal with that twice, Rich. So, in answer to the onslaught of emotion, I’m offering “The Things I loved about PA (other than the serious stuff I’ve mentioned elsewhere)”:

    1. Her “Kitten PIes”;
    2. The way “Happy Birthday” sounded when sung through her hairlip;
    3. The fact that she could sing soprano and contra-bass simultaneously
    4. Her size-22 “Shaq” foot and her size four “debutante” foot
    5. She could dance to any song by “The Wiggles”

  89. Well, Patty Ann, I guess now you’ve got a good reason for why we never talk.

    Maybe someday, if I’m good…

  90. Damn.

    Godspeed, dear lady.

  91. Maybe someday, if I’m good…

    ummmmmmmmm, uh oh.

  92. It’s so not cool to be tearing up while I’m sitting at my desk when people walk by.

    *shakes fist at sky

    PAAATTTYYY ANNNNNNN!!11!1!!

    THIS!

  93. Already had to deal with that twice, Rich. So, in answer to the onslaught of emotion, I’m offering “The Things I loved about PA (other than the serious stuff I’ve mentioned elsewhere)”:

    hahaha, those are great. I just can’t get there yet.

  94. *hugs Bart*

  95. *hugs Sohos hugging Bart*

  96. *Takes off Bart mask*

    Score!!

  97. *Takes off Bart mask*

    Score!!

    I will cut you.

  98. hahaha, those are great. I just can’t get there yet.

    Everybody gets there at different speeds, and I KNOW PA would be humbled and touched by our sorrow, but I also know she would want us to grin more than anything – don’t forget, she DID win! I believe her only sorrow now is the fact that she can’t bring John, the rest of her family, and us along with her. I know she’s happy and laughing now, and I would much rather laugh with her than cry for her. So I’m talking to her like she’s still here, because I know she can hear me. I can’t dwell on how much we’ll miss her – how much I’ll miss her – and I know she wouldn’t want that. So I’m going to give her what she would want, which is a smile and some levity rooted in love.

  99. *Takes off geoff mask*

    HAHA!

  100. *takes off DiT mask*

    Ho HO!!!

  101. *Takes off Sohos mask*

    WTF?

  102. heaven is a greater place today.

    and we live in a lesser one.

  103. I hear thunder. Patty Ann must be kicking somebody’s ass right now.

  104. *takes off Phantom of the Opera Mask*

    *everyone else barfs*

  105. *takes off weiner mask*

    had ya goin’ didn’t I?

  106. *Takes off Jazz mask*

    *puts on Jazz hands*

    IT’S SHOWTIME

  107. A Prayer for PattyAnn.
    May the road rise up to meet you.
    May the wind always be at your back.
    May the sun shine warm upon your face,
    and rains fall soft upon your fields.
    And until we meet again,
    May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

  108. *puts on Jazz hands*
    IT’S SHOWTIME

    Not the goat! Please, not the goat……….

  109. This is very sad news.

    Godspeed PA.

  110. Cathy, please let me take this timely opportunity to point out that you are far better than Michael deserves. Far, far, faarrrrrrr better. 🙂

    But seriously, I had a bad an awful feeling about this yesterday that I dared not even put into words. We had a middle school transition program for my daughter last night, and I was almost afraid to even look at the blog when I got home. And this morning, too.

    I was driving to the train station when I got your text. My heart sank as I asked God to welcome our friend home.

    Cathy, I know it must have been a tremendous comfort to PA and her family to have you there … all through the night, during tornadoes even … and she and all the rest of us are blessed to know you.

  111. *puts on Jazz hands*

    IT’S SHOWTIME

    HAHAHAHA!

  112. Word, Andy.

  113. Having met PA, I can definitely say that this one is tough for me. She was extremely kind and patient with my daughter and me.

    ! Cor 15:55-58

    Ubi est mors victoria tua? ubi est mors stimulus tuus?

    Stimulus autem mortis peccatum est: virtus vero peccati lex.

    Deo autem gratias, qui dedit nobis victoriam per Dominum nostrum Jesum Christum.

    Itaque fratres mei dilecti, stabiles estote, et immobiles: abundantes in opere Domini semper, scientes quod labor vester non est inanis in Domino.

  114. I meant 1 Cor. My bad

  115. MOM!!! EDDIE DIDN’T GET THE MEMO ABOUT VATICAN II!!!!!

  116. HAHAHAHA!

  117. When news came that PattyAnn was going to have to have her leg amputated – and knowing PA’s wicked sense of humor – I asked my daughter, Sarah, to draw something “special” for PattyAnn.

    I’ll admit, it’s unconventional, and I don’t know if PA ever saw it – after it was completed, we had second thoughts about showing it to her, as we didn’t know how she was dealing with everything.

    After visiting her in the hospital – and Dick telling her about it – we realized that she was tickled by the idea of the picture. We had planned on printing it up on photo paper and putting a mat around it, and I was going to take it to her the next time that I went to visit…..

    Just wanted to share Sarah’s labor of love with all of you; she was quite upset when I told her that PattyAnn had passed away this morning. Even though she never met her or “knew” her, she felt a connection to her.

  118. Sean: when the Traditional Mass was allowed to be revived back in the mid 80s, my Dad took us all to the church which had it. I only attended Mass in the vernacular for school functions until I got married, and my wife didn’t want to attend Latin Masses.

  119. Cathy, please let me take this timely opportunity to point out that you are far better than Michael deserves. Far, far, faarrrrrrr better.

    Oh yeah? I’ve been suffering through this too. I didn’t even get my dinner yesterday.

  120. I’ve got some red jello I can share, Michael.

  121. Eddie, this is America. We speak English.

    55ποῦ σου, θάνατε, τὸ νῖκος; ποῦ σου, θάνατε, τὸ κέντρον; 56τὸ δὲ κέντρον τοῦ θανάτου ἡ ἁμαρτία, ἡ δὲ δύναμις τῆς ἁμαρτίας ὁ νόμος: 57τῷ δὲ θεῷ χάρις τῷ διδόντι ἡμῖν τὸ νῖκος διὰ τοῦ κυρίου ἡμῶν Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ. 58Ὥστε, ἀδελφοί μου ἀγαπητοί, ἑδραῖοι γίνεσθε, ἀμετακίνητοι, περισσεύοντες ἐν τῷ ἔργῳ τοῦ κυρίου πάντοτε, εἰδότες ὅτι ὁ κόπος ὑμῶν οὐκ ἔστιν κενὸς ἐν κυρίῳ.

  122. We’ll be sure and send you a Tuna Noodle Casserole, Batman.

    Through the mail – it should get there in about a week or so…..

  123. It wasn’t so bad. I have some jelly beans in the Batcave.

  124. I didn’t even get my dinner yesterday.

    I’ll be sure to get a Live Strong bracelet in honor of your sacrifice Michael.

  125. Just wanted to share Sarah’s labor of love with all of you

    BWAHAHAHA. Win!!

  126. Herr:

    Greek? Well played

  127. Mrs. Geezer and I send our condolences to the family.

    Words fail.

  128. Sad, sad news. RIP, PA. Give ’em hell up in heaven.

  129. Greek? Well played

    That’s the passage St. John Chrysostom used when he wrote his Easter sermon, which is traditionally given by the priest each year at Paschal Matins. Both the passage and the homily are particularly appropriate today:

    O Death, where is your sting? O Hell, where is your victory? Christ is risen, and you are overthrown. Christ is risen, and the demons are fallen. Christ is risen, and the angels rejoice. Christ is risen, and life reigns. Christ is risen, and not one dead remains in the grave. For Christ, being risen from the dead, is become the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. To Him be glory and dominion unto ages of ages. Amen.

  130. Off to the desert. Limited interweb access.

    Love you all.

    Except Wiser.

    And Michael.

  131. and me, I hope, xbrad.

  132. I can believe that – there’s no way PA would abide a serious memorial thread for her from US. Ever.

    Well, this is mostly for us to work through the loss, and although I knew she’d want us to start joking, I certainly wasn’t ready this morning.

    Jazz’s bit earlier this morning started putting me in a better frame of mind about it.

    I just wish … sigh … she hadn’t had to suffer so.

  133. And, if Patty Ann gets to choose her heavenly form, I feel confident it would resemble Sarah’s pic

  134. would- will

  135. We had an earthquake at 3:10 this morning…not sure if she was in the same time zone, some in TX are……….

    My thought as I calmed a pounding heart and drifted back to sleep, was of PattyAnn.

    Now I know it was her and what a way to go.

    LOVE YOU HUN!!!

    *shakes fist at PA*

  136. Does John have the same last name? I have their home address.

  137. Ok. How are we going to send flowers from the hostages to PattyAnn’s funeral?

    You can all send the money to me,

    Pjmomma c/o Carnival Cruises booking and I’ll gladly forward the cash where it needs to go.

  138. beasn, if you’re pa’s friend on fb. you can look at her profile and see who she’s married to.

  139. beasn would you email it to me so I can send a card?

    And for the love of God would someone change that header pic? I can’t stare at those two dumbfucks on the best of days.

  140. Pjmomma c/o Carnival Cruises booking and I’ll gladly forward the cash where it needs to go.

    I already set that up with paypal. Don’t worry about the “Cougar’s Den Lap Dance Fund” thing. It’s for tax purposes.

  141. Just wanted to share Sarah’s labor of love with all of you; she was quite upset when I told her that PattyAnn had passed away this morning. Even though she never met her or “knew” her, she felt a connection to her.

    http://teresainfortworth.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/jesicca-rabbit.png

    Teresa, last night/early this morning while I was sitting with Ginger, PattyAnn’s daughter I tried to describe your daughter’s ‘art’ as best I could. Ginger laughed aloud and KNOWS that PattyAnn’s sense of humor… and hers… is very dark and fun.

    I encourage you to print that sucker up and get it to her at some point in the near future. I can say with complete certainty that it will not only be received well, but thoroughly appreciated.

    I’ll get addresses and such out when I can, but probably will do it via email or other private locations IYKWIM.

  142. I’ll get addresses and such out when I can, but probably will do it via email or other private locations IYKWIM.

    Maybe a password protected tab for such stuff?

  143. Herr, I have to go back to work in a few, so I will find a way to get it to you OR someone will right quick.

    I wonder if PA can get smiting privileges? We certainly need some help down here with ‘junk’ texters.

  144. …or tweeters…..

  145. I just wish … sigh … she hadn’t had to suffer so.

    Carin. Agree with you. John reminded me this morning that PattyAnn was ready to go even before the amputation. She ENDURED ALL THIS for the rest of us morons and family members who were NOT READY for her to leave.

    With PattyAnn — it was never about her. John wants it to be all about her during the next few days. So let’s go ahead and ‘celebrate a life well-lived’ as our way to make it all about her. John wants it that way.

    Btw — PattyAnn’s favorite color is RED!!! so Jessica Rabbit in that sexy red evening gown is perrrrrrr-fect!

  146. I come from an enormous family, Carin. I have 53 first cousins on my mother’s side – she was one of eleven children. Several of her siblings have more than five kids, and among them all, two have more than eight kids. Funerals are far from infrequent events for us. I apologize if the humor is a little early for you. Humor and drunken fighting are how my Irish family deals with loss. Or is it “drunken humor and fighting’? I forget which, but either way, I prefer the humor part and prefer to get to it quickly; it’s an oasis for me in a desert of loss and sorrow. 😉

  147. That’s fine beasn, or whoever.

  148. Humor and drunken fighting are how my Irish family deals with loss.

    As well as weddings, paydays, and lunch.

  149. New header for Pa.

    Cathy, since you’re doing the funeral arrangements, what would you like us to do for flowers?

  150. When I first popped my head up and got the nerve to comment here >well, not here here that other GASP place< Patty Anne was always thoughtful to engage.

    She is missed, terribly.

    Rest well dear lady.

  151. As well as weddings, paydays, and lunch.

    QFT, except, maybe, I might substitute “breakfast” for “lunch.” 😉

  152. Jazz, it’s not too early for me to see other’s doing it. I’m just not there yet. I’m trying to lighten up, but when I think about it all I just get teary right now.

  153. New header for Pa.

    I hoped it would be something like that. I ain’t got the l33t skillz.

  154. I think about it all I just get teary right now.

    Laughing through your tears of sorrow is much akin to a hate-feck: It seems so wrong and feels so good at the same time.

    And now I’m going to confession. I just frosted PA’s memorial thread with hate-sex comment.

  155. Me either herr, but I gots me some good copy and paste skillz.

    ok everyone. gotta go slop some food on a plate…………but it’s for the children….because I care.

  156. I’m trying to lighten up, but when I think about it all I just get teary right now.

    The two aren’t mutually exclusive. I’ve been tearing up a bit all day, and I never even got a chance to meet her in person. But I’ve come to regard all of you very fondly, and most especially the laughter.

    It goes hand in hand, I guess.

  157. Does John have the same last name?

    Yes, his name is John Rabbit.

  158. I just frosted PA’s memorial thread with hate-sex comment.

    And this is why I come here.

  159. And this is why I come here.

    Eww. Gross.

    Oh, wait, you meant …. nevermind.

  160. Eww. Gross.

    Hahahahahah! Carin got her groove back, and PA smiles. 😀

  161. Hahahahaha.

  162. Sorry, PJmomma, for the delay. I saw you texted me on my cellphone. Poor thing desperately needs a charge… wonder why.

    If you want to try and handle the flowers thing, that would be great. I’ll find out the family’s wishes this afternoon.

    I’ll also be updating folks with dates, times, locations, and addresses… Sorry. I need to get away from the computer and get some stuff done so I can meet with the family on time.

  163. Anybody know how old PattyAnn is?

    I thought once she and I were trading grandkid stories, IIRC.

  164. I’m sure you were, HS. I know she had grandkids, and I know you’ve quit eating off aluminum pans (think Alzheimers!), so I’m sure your memory is accurate. I think PA was in her very early 50s.

  165. God Speed PA.

  166. Hahahahahah! Carin got her groove back, and PA smiles. 😀

    I’m doing it for Patty Ann

    *tweets picture of my bush to Herr.

  167. Rest in Eternal Peace, PattyAnn, and may the Lord give strength and comfort to your family.

  168. *tweets picture of my bush to Herr.

    Have you tried Rotenone? That should help.

  169. Yes, his name is John Rabbit.

    Dear lord, I JUST got that.

    I think grief ups the stupid quotient, as illustrated by ME.

  170. Wabbit season.

    Duck season.

  171. I’m a fricassseein’ rabbit!

  172. It seems that when I first started coming over here, one of the hostagettes had just slipped in a wet spot (sywm) at a grocery store and ruinated her shoulder. Was that patty ann? I didn’t know anybody back then and couldn’t differentiate between hawties.

  173. My Jesus, by the sorrows Thou didst suffer in Thine agony in the Garden, in Thy scourging and crowning with thorns, in the way to Calvary, in Thy crucifixion and death, have mercy on the souls in purgatory, and especially on those that are most forsaken; do Thou deliver them from the dire torments they endure; call them and admit them to Thy most sweet embrace in paradise.

  174. good memory, that was Patty Ann, PG

  175. Oh, yeah. Well who was the ding dong who fell and ruinated her leg?

    *runs

  176. I love that, Chief. Thanks.

  177. I encourage you to print that sucker up and get it to her at some point in the near future. I can say with complete certainty that it will not only be received well, but thoroughly appreciated.

    Good to know, Cathy – will do.

    And when I visited PA in the hospital, someone (MJ, I think) had sent PA some Gerbera Daisies. It was a simple, colorful bouquet that was compact enough that she could put the vase on her tray table. She commented how very much she LOVED Gerbera Daisies – she said they were her favorite flower.

  178. Under the wide and starry sky,
    Dig the grave and there me lie.
    Glad did I live and gladly I die,
    And I laid me down with a will.

    This be the verse you ‘grave for me:
    Here he lies where he longed to be.
    Home is the sailor, home from the sea,
    And the hunter home from the hill.

    Epitaph – Robert Louis Stevenson

    PattyAnn has gone home.

  179. Yeah, she had some hell with that shoulder for a long time.

  180. And when I visited PA in the hospital, someone (MJ, I think) had sent PA some Gerbera Daisies
    ————————————
    That was me, but it was pure luck that she liked daisies.

  181. And to think I randomly picked wild daisies for the pic when I threw this post together in about 10 seconds.

  182. I also fell in a Grocery Store Hotspur way before the leg accident.

  183. Yeah, I probably would have gone for bluebonnets.

  184. And to think I randomly picked wild daisies for the pic when I threw this post together in about 10 seconds.

    Things that make you go, hmmmm.

  185. did everyone else’s comments thingy just update like mine just did?

  186. looks like wordpress just went thru a facelift to me too GML

  187. Already do not like taht you cannot just type, tab, enter and be done. Gads.

  188. Yep…they just changed it today.

    http://en.blog.wordpress.com/2011/06/07/post-comments-twitter-faceboo/

  189. Does it work?

  190. Don’t tell me what to do.

  191. it appears that it may indeed.

  192. It would seem to me that Texas Hostage wimmens should be VERY careful in Grocery Stores.

  193. Haven’t tried it MJ. But I did make a comment over at the site page.

  194. Or not go shopping drunk.

  195. […] About 3 a.m. today she died. […]

  196. Or not go shopping drunk.

    Party pooper

  197. WordPress is different?

    Nothing makes sense anymore.

  198. Well, that was nice of Robert Stacy McCain.

  199. yes it was

  200. I have a new favorite idiot liberal on twitter:

  201. Dear WordPress,
    If it ain’t broken don’t fix it. Asshats.

  202. Twitter sucks. Mostly because I don’t get it.

  203. WHAT THE HECK IS THIS?

  204. If you have different identities in twitter and facebook from wordpress, you can now be logged in with one or all of those identities. In other words, we can comment as four different people: Guest, WordPress, Twit, and Facechimp. Bring on the chaos!!11!

    When I made my comment (over at the page announcing this) that they needed to reorder the ‘post comment” key so that it followed as the first tab after entering text, they acknowledged that it was a bug that they would be looking into this.

  205. We need an automatic sockpuppet button.

  206. “We fear change.”

    Dammit, where’s that quote from? SNL? Friend used to say it all the time.

  207. This new format may or may not be fubar.

    Let’s try some of those tricky little HTML thingies.

    boldface

    italix

  208. Lemme see if I can explain this in 140 characters or less…

  209. Anyone know Patty Ann’s favorite drink? I wanna make sure I do this right tonight.

  210. HAHA! Excellent suggestion Jay!

    I may need to go create a new ID in twit to do just that 😉

  211. “Of course you don’t die.
    Nobody dies.
    Death doesn’t exist.
    You only reach a new level of vision,
    a new realm of consciousness,
    a new unknown world.”

    – Henry Miller

  212. Let’s party.

  213. I’ve been fiddling around with Twitcher. I still don’t get it. It’s like a stream of consciousness bunch of people all talking at once.

    Do.not.get.it.

  214. We need an automatic sockpuppet button.

    That would be GENIUS.

  215. Carin, I think she was a wino.

  216. Hotspur – yes. That’s what it is.

    It is mildly amusing, but not much more.

    AND GET OFF OF MY LAWN YOU DAMN KIDS

  217. I wonder if the new wp will tell mare she’s commenting to quickly.

  218. Carin, I think she was a wino.

    Well. this will be easy.

  219. too quickly?

  220. too quickly?

    Hahahaha

  221. It’s a bit like being in a chat room, HS, except that you get to choose those streams of consciousness that you’d like read. It’s kind of addicting.

  222. This is still me. But I’m facechimped now. I feel like I got a double shot of sean’s toad.

  223. Hell, sometimes I can’t keep up with comments here.

  224. What the fuck is this shit?

  225. I looked at Ace’s Twitter account and it was sort of like being able to overhear every background conversation in a busy restaurant.

    Hated it. Sometimes people just need to shut the fuck up.

  226. Hotspur – You shouldn’t smoke crack before 5 p.m. – just sayin’.

  227. What Jewsin said

  228. What the fuck?

    It’s like I’m taking crazy pills!

  229. Chief – irises are in full bloom and they are beautiful.

  230. Note to wordpress:

    The “beta” in Beta-Testing does not mean we think you’re pussies.

    We have so many other reasons to think that.

  231. Carin – I’m glad you like them. Iris and Gladiolas are my favorites.

  232. Well, we never got any hope, but at least WordPress brought us some change.

  233. they are just beautiful. LOVE them.

    I picked up some more from a lady selling stuff from her yard, so I think I’ll make a dedicated Iris garden of different varieties.

  234. I’d reply at the RS McCain thread. You know, if I could.

    But at least Worthless tells me where to put the comment.

    It must know that I drink.

  235. At least they’ve worked all the bugs out.

  236. *posts to determine if he just killt the thread or if Word POS just lost its shit*

  237. What the fuck is this shit?

  238. *keeps watch on Herr; very close watch*

  239. What the fuck is this shit?

  240. Sockpuppet Win!!

  241. One of my favorite bluegrass gospel videos:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8bLjIMX3bE

  242. Hahahahaha. Recursive commenting by the H2 Twitchface account.

    I should totally tweet this!

  243. I am getting to like this new commenting window. Oh yes I am.

  244. I should totally tweet this!

    Hold on. Imma find the camera and we can trade.

  245. If Dallas loses again tonight, I’m rooting for this team:

  246. I don’t know who they are or what sport is involved, but they look like winners to me.

  247. *wonders how a nice memorial blog to Patty Ann devolved into THIS, looks around, remembers who we are…..*

    Oh.
    Okay, then.

    And WTH can’t I read what I am typing???????

  248. And WTH can’t I read what I am typing???????

    The new comment field has to be plugged in.

  249. And WTH can’t I read what I am typing???????

    Have you tried plugging in your bifocals?

    *ducks*

  250. If that doesn’t work, spray some WD40 on it.

  251. If Dallas loses again tonight, I’m rooting for this team

    FIFM

  252. I like how their shapely byooo-tocks flex when they frolic.

    Sorry, PA. But I actually HAVE dated a girl met a girl at a funeral, so it’s really not out of character…. 🙂

  253. Testes, this is only a testes.

    Seems to work.

  254. Testes, this is only a testes.

    What!?

  255. Nice main page post over at Ace’s now.

  256. Comment by Rich’s Testes on June 7, 2011 5:13 pm
    Testes, this is only a testes.

    What!?

    And just like that, you can be replaced.

    Still, I hear Hills Clinton is always looking for a set of balls to replace the ones she has, so you may not have to be unemployed for long.

    Tony Weiner might be looking for a new set too, after his wife gets done with him. Yes, you’ll have to work for a real dick, but hey…a job’s a job’s in this economy.

  257. Just logged into Ace for the first time today and saw this at the top. OMG I’m so sorry. My prayers and thoughts to Patty Ann’s family, her friends and everyone who knew her.

  258. That is very nice–thanks for the head up Andy!

  259. So sorry to hear the news about PattyAnn – I never did get to finish my card for her.

  260. Welcome again to all lurkers and morons.

  261. Finish it up and send it Revvy–it will probably mean a lot to the family.

  262. I hope my card put a smile on her face. I told her to do what her doctors ordered, and not to kick them in the poon.

  263. That’s what I thought I might do Cathy.

  264. That was great of Ace to post that. She touched a lot of lives, including his.

    The various morons that are spread from hell to breakfast are a good bunch.

  265. Many prayers and much love for Patty Ann’s family and all who loved her – I’m glad you were able to be there with her, Cathy. Much love… 😦

  266. Oh, dear. I hate it when the internet turns real. My thoughts with her family.

  267. Agreed Herr. Morons far and wide- kind of like family. Even the weird uncle that dresses funny and has alway scared you since you were a child; no wait, that’s Rosetta. Big family, good times.

  268. Even the weird uncle that dresses funny and has alway scared you since you were a child; no wait, that’s Rosetta.

    He always had the best candy.

  269. Oh, dear. I hate it when the internet turns real.

    Yours is not the first comment to that effect uttered in PA’s memory. The bonds we forge across these nets are as real and as strong as any in-person relationships, and today that truth proves itself. The concern and condolences from folks around the world have been quite moving, and I have no doubt her family and friends appreciate every condolence. Thank you, sincerely, for taking the time to remember Patty Ann here.

  270. I twittered for awhile. I cancelled my subscription in the last couple of days. Total waste of time.

  271. And believe me, I KNOW time wasters when I see them because I’ve had lots of experience with same.

  272. I KNOW time wasters when I see them because I’ve had lots of experience with same.

    Lap dances are not time wasters. They’re marketing.

  273. I KNOW time wasters when I see them because I’ve had lots of experience with same.

    Drinking with friends is not a time waster. It’s team building.

  274. From one of the commenters over at UP (a young man who is getting ready to deploy overseas):

    USGA June 7, 2011 at 3:28 pm
    All of you here have constantly brightened up my days with laughter and jokes.
    Although I have only met one of you, I feel like I know all of you.
    To have a place where like minded patriots can converse in freedom is a great blessing.
    It was a sad thing to be informed of Patty Ann’s passing.
    She was an American & a Patriot.
    My condolences are with her family this evening, and with all of you.
    I will always remember her constantly telling me on facebook that…
    “Your love for this nation Brian makes people of my generation humble. It warms my heart to know that there are young men like yourself still out there. It gives us a real sense of hope.”

    May you rest in peace Patty Ann. St. Peter will welcome you with open arms!
    God Bless.

  275. In my younger days, HM, I did a lot of market research into that very subject.

  276. Very sad news. Because of Patty Ann trying so hard to get RL connections going after Cranky passed, she was surrounded with love and prayers these past few weeks.

  277. Speaking of “Drinking with Friends”…..

    Do we want to pick a time when we can all hoist a glass in PattyAnn’s memory this evening?

    Or not – I don’t know what the proper etiquette is for something like this.
    They don’t teach you that at them Cow Colleges…….

  278. PattyAnn, do you remember, when we met?

    That’s the day, I knew I was your pet. I want to tell you, how much, I love you.

    Thank you Cathy, Dick, and Teresa for visiting her and providing the comfort and smiles the rest of us yearned to give her, a small payback for the ones she gave us over this old series of web tubes.

  279. They don’t teach you that at them Cow Colleges……

    8:00. Tailgate of my truck.

  280. lamewordpresssigninthingeymabob

  281. I am sorry I am late to comment, and I am at a loss for words. So I will pray for her family. I pray hat God will draw her family into his arms and embrace them with peace, comfort and grace during their sorrow. May their hearts be lifted by remembrances of joyous times with PattyAnn.

  282. Cathy thank you so much for being there for Patty Ann, and keeping us apprised of her last moments. She will be missed.

    I had the pleasure of meeting her in 2007 when my girls and I were in OKC. She couldn’t have been sweeter.

    I hope Cranky gave her a high five after she passed through the Pearly Gates.

  283. The interwebs are conspiring to silence me (the ISP here is FUBAR’d), but I made it to the desert.

    Missing PattyAnn…

  284. I also wish to thank Cathy and Dick for what they did for PattyAnn, and the help they provided keeping us informed

  285. Raising a glass (hey, it’s quarter to twelve where I am).

  286. 8:00. Tailgate of my truck.

    Is that EST or CST?

  287. Is that EST or CST?

    Well we DID win the war.

    *ducks*

  288. Oh my. New comment-thingy.

  289. I actually met Patty Ann in person at my house. She brought pie.
    See, I live in a gated neighborhood, but if you got a pie, I can get you past the guard gate.

    —Michael, AoS

  290. Well we DID win the war.

    *checks map to see if the Mason-Dixon line also divided East from West*

    Damn Yankee…….

  291. http://www.mulkeymasonlewisville.com/fh/obituaries/obituary.cfm?o_id=1179458&fh_id=12284

    I’m assuming this is correct.

  292. For anyone who wishes to send flowers… Visitation is tomorrow evening, Wednesday June 8th. The family will have a private time and then visitation will be open from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. (Texas time) at Mulkey-Mason Funeral Home, 740 South Edmonds Lane, Lewisville, TX (phone: 972-436-4581) Any flowers delivered there will then be transported by the funeral home to the graveside for the funeral on Thursday morning, June 9th, at Swisher Cemetery, Lake Dallas, TX

  293. Cathy, thanks for being such a sweet angel of mercy for PA when she needed you the most.

  294. Is there a flower fund or some such for us far flung idjits?

  295. That looks right Herr

  296. I just left an account of ours. He made me wait for almost 2 hours so I was a little pissed off to begin with, then the conversation turned to politics. I was sure it was going to get ugly and I was ready to lose the account.

    He and two of his customers proceeded to rip into the Obama administration and everything they have done over the last 2 years.

    Finding that in a state like this is normally impossible.

    This bodes very well for block of cheese in 2012..

  297. I too am interested in a flower fund.

  298. Pj-Momma showed an interest in organizing a flower fund. Would you all contact her and see if she is getting that going?

    I also would want to contribute, but I just know that I’m in no shape to organize it.

  299. I also would want to contribute, but I just know that I’m in no shape to organize it.

    No shit. You’ve got to be run ragged, dear. God Bless you. And thanks for being my presence, and the presence of so many of us.

  300. Dick we all appreciate your efforts as well.

  301. Thanks for all you did and are doing, Cathy. I know the family appreciates it.

    Hmm, I actually like the new commenting thing, because now I can be logged into wordpress as my real name (I have a “baby” blog) but still come here and post as guest without having to log out.

  302. Hi Dick! *waves*

    Thanks to you too for your compassion. Nothing is better in life than friends who go the extra mile.

  303. Prayers for PattyAnn’s loved ones. Many thanks to Cathy and Dick.

  304. Since it might be nice to leave this post up for any folks from the moronosphere that might straggle along, I created a new post, but back-time stamped it, as this one is getting full.

    NEW POST LINKY: DRAFT-DRAFT BEER

  305. PJM, check your email.

    But don’t download the attachment. #Hacked!

  306. After the poll today, I’m really, really hoping that the only thing holding back Pawlenty is name recognition.

  307. Where’s my beer?

  308. D’oh!

    Wrong thread.

  309. So, are we doing the toast at 8 or 9 EDT?

    E.D.T.

  310. Facebook has been updated with the info for the funeral home.

  311. There is one person we have forgotten to thank, and that is Michael (Cathy’s husband), for sharing her with PattyAnn’s family thoughout this ordeal. Being there for a family – and a hoarde of morons like us – at a time like this can really take it out of a person who is serving in the Chaplain capacity.

    I’m sure that there were evenings when Cathy came home and needed a shoulder to cry on herself, and as much as he may try to convince everyone otherwise, those of us who have met him all know what a great guy Michael is.

    So thank you, Michael, for being Cathy’s rock when she needed you.

  312. Well, crud – I posted that and forgot to mention Kelly, too!

    ‘Cuz we all know that Kelly was there for Dick when he got home after visiting Patty Ann and her family.

    Thanks, Kel, for being there for The Dick…..;-)

  313. My first encounter with PattyAnn was, where else, an AoS flame thread. For such a sweet lady, she kicked some serious ass.

    Rest in peace, Patty Ann..

  314. Dear PattyAnn. You were getting ready for your surgery in November, but you found time to send *me* words of encouragement. Nicest kick in the poon I ever had. You were going to teach me and Mini-me how to be “crafty” and make these http://tinyurl.com/3b6yul6 . I know you are truly with the angels now, sweet lady. God give comfort to your family and friends, who are going to miss you terribly.

  315. Anyone have a zip code for the funeral home?

  316. google, duh.

  317. Still remembering PattyAnn.

  318. I’m really bad (I Suck!) in this type of situation. I tend to retreat into my shell and mourn privately. Some take that as being unfeeling.
    I have no idea why Patty Ann affected me so much. I never had the privilege of meeting her in person, yet I feel a great loss. She brightened every *virtual* room she entered. Now, that light is gone forever.
    My reaction to her passing puzzles me greatly, as I have shed more tears for her today than I did when my mother passed from this life. I prayed harder for Patty Ann than I ever have for anything.
    I am sorry for our collective loss, but mostly for her family. Anita and I now pray for them.
    May God bless you, Patty Ann.
    I drink, “To absent friends”.

  319. I just told Cranky over at Balance Sheet to expect a friend. 🙂

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