Patsy was born on January 25, 1945 in Phoenix, Arizona to Zearle and Eunice Draper. She moved with her Mother and sisters to California when she was very young where she was surrounded by numerous Aunts, Uncles, and cousins who she loved deeply. Her best friends were her two sisters, Beverly and Pam. Through her childhood she overcame much adversity in which she developed great strength and determination to succeed and a passion for reading. She passed these traits onto many that knew her, especially to her two children.
She married her first husband on January 11, 1964 spending many happy years raising their two children, Kimberley and Michael, in the City of Downey, California. She was a supportive firefighter’s wife and was deeply involved in both children’s sports, school activities and clubs while always creating a warm and beautiful home. As her children grew older, she went to work for the City of Downey Library where she was the Secretary to the Executive Director and oversaw their first mainframe computer. She was surrounded by many friends there and loved the unlimited supply of books for her to read.
After her divorce in 1986, she purchased a home in Spring Valley Lake in the High Desert to be near her family. She took a job working for High Country Mortgage as a Senior Loan Processor where she worked until she retired. She married Brady Summers on March 28, 1992 and they had a long and happy marriage traveling with their fifth-wheel; floating on the Colorado River on their pontoon boat; preparing prize winning pickles; gardening; making large family gatherings special where everyone felt welcomed and loved; spoiling their grandchildren and great-grandchildren and of course, reading.
Patsy spent 45 years battling cancer but she never let the disease define who she was. She never felt sorry for herself or complained about the surgeries and treatments or the chronic pain they caused. She always did her best to hide the pain and discomfort she experienced due to her not wanting to inconvenience or concern and worry friends and family.
The world will never quite be the same without the brilliance of her smile and her beautiful face, but she would ask that we remember that she is no longer in pain, is waiting for us in Heaven, and that we should always “count our blessings instead of sheep”.
Patsy is survived by her beloved husband Brady, her children Kim (Mike), Michael (Phyllis); her stepchildren David, Dan (Kathie), Mike (Roxanne), Kyle (Colby), Kelli (Neil), her grandchildren James (Jacki), Clint (Katie), Felicia, Garrett (Kayle), Alex, Madison, Allison, Patrick; her great-grandchildren Cecilia, Roman, Amelia, Alayna; sisters Beverly, Pam (Joe); and numerous nieces and nephews. She loved them all with her whole heart.
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