Dec. 14, 2007 Beaumont Jefferson County Texas, USA
First of four children born to James I. Lee and Cyntheal Stallings Lee. She received her education at the Blessed Sacrament Catholic High School graduating with honors in 1962. She then attended Lamar State College in Beaumont and finished all requirements in three years. Following college she taught in the South Park Independent School District in Beaumont for three year.
In August of 1968, she married Alvin W. Larkins, then a junior at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. She was chosen Miss Kappa Alpha Psi at that institution. There union would later be blessed with two children. After his graduation in 1970, Pat and Alvin lived in several locations. Pat continued her teaching career in Nashville, San Antonio, Texas; New Haven, Connecticut; and later Memphis, Tennessee.
After her husbands post Doctoral training the family settled and established permanent residence in Englewood, New Jersey. Pat served at as her husbands office manager at his doctor office while managing their household, dealing with the joys and challenges of being "Mom", a great homemaker, and devoted spouse. The couple joined the Riverside Church in New York City where they remained members.
Upon the family's return to Beaumont in 1994, Pat served as a substitute teacher in the Beaumont Independent School District. Shortly before her health begin to fail from cancer., she became a member of the Golden Triangle Links, an organization she cherished but was unable to fully participate due to her illness.
Over the years Pat and her family continued to travel between there homes in Beaumont and Englewood and maintained close friends and relationships in both places. She and the family traveled extensively in the United States and abroad. She many hobbies and artistic interest which included tennis, sewing, crocheting, listening to jazz and gourmet cooking. Physical fitness was extremely important to her. She was an avid runner, winning several 5k races in her age range. She loved skiing, both cross-country and downhill and did so extensively in the United States and in Europe. She was also a volunteer with the ambulance corp. in Englewood, active in Jack and Jill, "Moms on the Money" of Bergen County, and the National Spa Odyssey organization. On return to Beaumont, she volunteered with "Meals on Wheels". Pat Larkins entered eternal rest on December 14, 2007, leaving to cherish her legacy and memories, her mother, husband, children, numerous family and friends throughout the country. Pat loved life, loved people and those who knew her will forever remember her kindness, sincerity and warm friendship.
We did not wish for you to go, but God in Heaven ruled it so; and since He made us, one and all, each one must heed His final call.
Nobody else can fill your shoes; Your presence was a lot to lose. But we know we're not here to stay, and we've thanked God for you each day.
We cannot die unless we live YOUR life showed how to love and give; How to be kind, how to be smart, How to involve ourselves with heart.
Now Heaven has a brand new star; Still in our minds you're near, not far. In our lives you've shone like the sun Surely God says to you "Well Done"
"In the wisp of misty moonlight, on a bright & shinin' star; the distant sound of UR laughter comes singin' from afar. Dancing through the heavens, across countless miles; all creations speaks to me, the memory of your smile." ~Author Unknown~ -
purple-lady Added: Oct. 9, 2015