CLINTON — Patricia F. Barche, 81, of Clinton, Ill., formerly of Olney, Ill., and Luka, Ill., passed away at 2:30 a.m. on Monday, June 25, 2012 at Liberty Village Manor Court in Clinton.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27, 2012 at Summers-Kisler Funeral Home, Olney, Ill., with Rev. Steve Griener officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Haven Hill Cemetery, Olney. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association – Greater Illinois Chapter, Bloomington, Ill.
Patricia was born on March 21, 1931 in Olney, Ill., the daughter of William and Blondeana Worrell Houser. She married Melvin E. Barche, Sr. on March 20, 1951.
She is survived by one son Chip and special friend,Paula Trice of Olney and one daughter Sissy Leggett and husband Rick of Clinton. Also surviving are sisters Marianne Houser, Luka, Ill., Jane Bateman and special friend Ernie Sutherlin of Flora, Ill., Bill Houser of Luka, Ill., grandsons James Harmon and wife Sarah of Normal, Ill., Matthew Barche and wife Vivian of Goodlettsville, Tenn., Nathan Morris, of Colorado, three great- grandchildren, as well as several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Patricia was a member of the First Baptist Church, Olney, as well as a member of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. She graduated from East Richland High School. Upon graduation she worked for attorney Lawrence L. Arnold until she moved to Virginia with her husband. She worked for the Aeronautical Chart and Information Center in Washington D.C. from 1954 – 1957. In 1955 she was presented an award of merit at the Pentagon by Edward I. Pratt, Jr. – Colonel, USAF Commander. She returned to Illinois in 1959 to raise her children and worked as a caseworker for the State of Illinois Department of Public Aid until her retirement in 1982.
She enjoyed singing and tap dancing and performed in the sorority variety shows in Olney, Ill. for many years. She taught Sunday school at the First Baptist Church. She was a devoted mother and sister; her children were her life, and she will be greatly missed.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to all of the wonderful employees at Liberty Village, past and present, who have cared for Patricia for the past five years. You kindness, compassion, and caring is truly appreciated; she loved you all.
Online condolences may be e-mailed to www.summers-kistler.com