Patricia Ann White was born January 20, 1932, to JC “Bud” and Mary Freda White. She passed into eternal life surrounded by her loving family on December 3, 2017, in Durant, Oklahoma, at the age of 85 years and 11 months. Trish was born during the devastating Dust Bowl years and survived Dust Pneumonia twice. Though she was tiny, her strong spirit was evident even at that young age because many young children did not survive that terrible disease. Her family lived in the Eva community and she attended school at White Hall until 8th grade. At that point, their family moved to Elkhart and lived there during the week so that she and her sister could attend high school. During her junior year of high school, she married Cloyd Weathers and on October 17, 2017, they celebrated 68 years of marriage together. Their union produced four children: Debbie, David, Leanna, and Valerie.
Trish accepted the Lord as her Personal Savior in the early 1960’s and became a member of the Bible Baptist Church. She raised her children in church and had the joy of seeing each one of them accept the Lord as their own Personal Savior. Trish was a full-time homemaker who raised four children of her own as well as her youngest sister. She worked on the farm as a tractor driver, water hauler, fence builder, cattle feeder, and school bus driver. She worked hard every day but did not miss attending any school function or event that involved her children. She and Cloyd instilled a strong work ethic in all their children. Both parents taught their children the importance of good character and having respect for others.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Bud and Mary White; two sisters, Marilyn Strobel and Sharron Cates; and niece, Ciana Ferguson.
Survivors include her husband, Cloyd of Durant, Oklahoma; daughter, Debbie Hickey and husband Charles of Reydon, Oklahoma; son, David Weathers and wife Diane of Cypress, Texas; daughter, Leanna Olson and husband Al of Durant, Oklahoma; daughter, Valerie Mathews and husband Hayden of Durant, Oklahoma; sister, Sue Ferguson and husband Blaine, and their sons, Kent and Eric; and numerous other nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends. There is no doubt her family was the most important thing to her, and she was loved and appreciated in return. Trish lived a full rich life and her legacy will live on through her four children, 16 grandchildren, and 34 great-grandchildren for generations to come. “Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her.” Proverbs 31:28.
Funeral service will be Saturday, December 9, 2017, at 2:00 PM at the First Church of God in Elkhart, Kansas with Pastor David Johnson officiating. Interment will follow at the Elkhart Cemetery. Friends may call Saturday, December 9, 2017, from 1:00 PM until service time, with family present, at the First Church of God. Memorial contributions may be given to Yarbrough Public School in care of Garnand Funeral Home, PO Box 854, Elkhart, KS 67950.