Pat D. Stamper, age 69, of Wildwood, FL went to be with the Lord on May 7, 2018.
Born on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 1949 in Blytheville, Arkansas, she grew up on a cotton farm. She married in 1967, just before her husband was deployed to Japan during the Vietnam War. Not long after she followed and spent two years with him at Camp Zama where her first son was born. After returning home to the States, they had a second son and created a very successful outlet clothing store that they ran for 14 years in Elkhart, IN. In 1986, the family moved to Pensacola, FL and spent many happy years living there. After her husband’s passing in 2008, she retired to Wildwood to be near her sons and grandchildren.
Pat was an strong advocate for the legal rights of adopted children. Against impossible odds, she helped dozens of adoptees reunite with their birth families over the years. She was an born entrepreneur starting and running several businesses throughout her lifetime. She loved genealogy, seashells, World War II and Civil War history and was a voracious reader.
Her Irish spirit and determination was legendary among family and friends.
She is preceded in death by her loving husband of 41 years, Dean Stamper. Pat is survived by her 2 loving sons; John (Lisa) Stamper and Tom (Tricia) Stamper and 4 grand-daughters: Maddie, Shelby, Abby & Emmy and her best pal, Spud, a Scottish Terrier.
Her remains will be interred at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL alongside her husband. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Childhelp.org, a foundation for the prevention and treatment of child abuse.