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.