Patricia Joyce Pournelle Kinsey, died , in peace on May 16, 2021, in Winter Springs Florida. She was born on November 28, 1931, in Vidalia, Georgia to Louis Edward Pournelle and Euretta Shuman Pournelle.
She is of French and German descent.
She was the youngest child of 5 and was doted on by her older brothers and sisters.
Patricia’s childhood was one of constant change. Her family home burned down when she was 4, and she remembers leaving Vidalia in the middle of the night and waking up in Atlanta, Georgia, at the home of relatives. The loss of her family home began a life of change and new beginnings. From the time she entered kindergarten and until she graduated from high school, she and her family moved eleven times. In her words, “ it is a miracle I learned to read and write!”
She did learn to read and write and upon graduation from high school, in Atlanta, she was accepted to St. Joseph’s School of Nursing. She worked as a nurse most of her adult life. She worked in hospitals, doctor’s offices and retired from nursing in 1996, after a 10 year career at Winter Park Towers, as Director of Clinical Services and Director of Nursing Services.
In 1952 she married Charles Raymond Hughes, and they had two daughters; Beverly and Bonnie. In May of 1996, she married Victor Kinsey. The marriage was pure joy to Pat and Vic, they were a blessing to each other in their later years. Pat and Vic traveled the world, visiting most of Europe, Alaska, Canada and many places in the US. They loved to entertain family and friends, and their home was a place of happiness and love.
Patricia learned at an early age, to make friends where ever she lived and she was a pro at meeting and enjoying new friendships. She made friends easily, her life was rich in friendship and activities. She was a member of Winter Park Coterie, Sunshine Garden Club, The Oviedo Woman’s Club and Thursday Bridge Club. She loved to needlepoint, garden, cook ,read and spend time with her family.
Most importantly, Patricia, was devout Christian, loving mother and grandmother. She was raised Roman Catholic. In 1970, she along with her family, became Episcopalian. She attended All Saints Episcopal Church, in Winter Park, for many years. She was active in the Flower Guild, the Stephens Ministry, Cursillo and the Pastoral Commission. Vic and Pat were married at All Saints and enjoyed many happy years, attending church at All Saints. The teachings of the Bible and the liturgy of the church were her guiding compass throughout her life. The last years of her church life were spent at the First United Methodist Church of Oviedo. She made many friends at Methodist and was an active member of the Bethany Circle. She treasured the kind and warm welcome she received at FUMCO and loved the new friends, she made while she attended. The FUMCO community showed a sincere love and interest in her and she was grateful for her time at FUMCO. Patricia’s outgoing personality, enriched her life as she had an abundance of life long friends and she will always be remembered for her laughter, kindness, faith, hospitality and southern charm.
Patricia is preceded in death by her parents, husband, Victor Kinsey, sisters Rita Burke and June Blount, brothers Ed Pournelle and John Louis Pournelle.
She is survived by her daughter, Beverly Hughes Evans,(Mrs. Arthur) and Bonnie Hughes Osgood. She has six grandchildren: Laura Evans (Mrs. Walter Neil), Caroline Evans ( Mrs. Brian Leibfried), John Evans and his wife Ann Evans, Elisha Carpenter, Trace Carpenter and Graelan Osgood.
She was great grandmother to Lily Neil, Claire Neil, Turner Neil, Sawyer Leibfried , Henry Leibfried, Jack Evans, Elizabeth Evans and Margaret Ann Evans, Quade Carpenter.
A celebration of life will be held at First United Methodist Church of Oviedo, on May 25, at 2 pm, in the Historical Sanctuary. A reception will follow at the home of Beverly and Arthur Evans.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the First United Methodist Church Building Fund , 263 King Street, Oviedo Florida, 32765 and All Saints Episcopal Church, Winter Park Florida 338 East Lyman Avenue, Winter Park, Florida, 32789.