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In loving memory of
Patrica Childers
  • April 12, 1941
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  • August 01, 2015

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Patricia Pinter Childers passed peacefully into the arms of the Lord on August 1, 2015. Patty was born on April 12, 1941 in Schenectady, N.Y. She often reminisced about her happy childhood, telling her friends and family exciting and humorous tales of adventure and escapades with her sisters, Judy and Eunice, brother Oliver, and the passel of cousins that lived next door or nearby. She graduated from LintonHigh School in 1959 and CobleskillCollege in 1961. Patty married her high school sweetheart, Russell H. Childers in 1962 and they had three children; Heather Childers (Winter Park, FL), Russell K. Childers (Sylvia Halladay), Columbus, Ohio, and Amy DuBois (George DuBois), Windermere, FL.

Moving from state to state to pursue Russ’ career, Patty was always able to create a home filled with warmth and laughter. On a shoestring budget, she created castles out of moving boxes, flowing capes from sheets and towels, and soul-filling bravery with Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture thundering in the background. An avid reader, she passed her passion for literature on to her children and grandchildren. Patty was able to set imaginations and hearts on fire and was always an inspiring ray of sunshine to those fortunate enough to touch her life.

 A full time mother for many years, she stepped out into the working world with the Wadsworth News Banner in Wadsworth, Ohio, and later spent twenty-four years as a secretary at Trinity Preparatory School, a position she cherished. Gifted with incredible talent, Patty was an accomplished painter, knitter, cook, seamstress, and quilter. Her artistic talent surfaced early in childhood when she and her sister Judy hid in the fruit cellar and painted her uncle’s cat, Bobby, a lovely shade of green.

 As much as “Mimi” loved her children, she loved her grandchildren even more, Gabby, Jack, Olivia, and John will continue to be the sparkling jewels in her crown. She spent countless hours on her hands and knees playing with them as toddlers, and then teaching them to read, paint, draw, count, and be upbeat and positive. Through them her legacy of love and laughter will live on … though she will be sorely missed.

A celebration of Patty’s life will be held at the Winter Park Racquet Club on Saturday, August 8th, from 3-5 PM. Donations are to be made to Trinity Preparatory School, 5700 Trinity Prep Ln,

Winter Park, FL 32792, in memory of Patricia P. Childers.

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  1. Mike & Nancy (Pitcher) Gilbert says:
    10 Aug 2015
    To Heather, Amy, and Russ--Nancy and I are so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. We had hoped to get a chance to visit her this past March when we were in Florida, but it didn't happen. Even though we've only seen her a few times during the last twenty years, we always enjoyed the visits we did have. She will certainly be missed.

  2. Lester Johnson says:
    07 Aug 2015
    When I joined Trinity Prep in August 2007, Pat was one of my lifelines within a new, complex social community. She nurtured and helped me get my bearings. I will always be forever grateful to Patty for being a big sister to me. When she retired I was happy but missed her very much. Her humor was therapeutic and infectious. May she rest in peace and know that a bit of her resides in all who knew her. Much love and fondest memories, always!!

  3. Cathy McGuire says:
    06 Aug 2015
    To Russ and his sisters,
    I was very sorry to hear about the death of your mother. I only met her once and she was a pleasure to meet. Please accept my sincere condolences.

  4. Sandy Voyles Scott says:
    06 Aug 2015
    I was blessed to have had Pat in my life at Trinity. She was fun to be around and always had a positive attitude. "Spunky" is a word that comes to mind. Even when she was diagnosed with cancer, she was always positive. I will miss her so much. She has a special place in Heaven. Rest in peace, beautiful lady.

  5. Bruce Waldman says:
    05 Aug 2015
    I was blessed to have Pat as my secretary for twenty wonderful years. She was a perfectionist and loved to learn new concepts and procedures. Always polite and courteous to visiting college representatives, she set a welcoming tone for each to have a successful session with our students. Pat always seemed happy, upbeat, and willing to cope with my ever changing moods. She made each day a happy one for me. May God take special care of you Pat.

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