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 Patricia Sue “Patty” <I>Johnston</I> Gilley

Patricia Sue “Patty” Johnston Gilley

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Death 14 Feb 2017 (aged 83)
Burial Joplin, Jasper County, Missouri, USA
Plot E1/2 Sec 4 Blk 8
Memorial ID 176334855 · View Source
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Patricia Sue Johnston Gilley, age 83 of Joplin, Mo Was born the first child of the late James C. (Pat) Johnston and Ethel M. Hodge Johnston on December 16th, 1933. She passed away February 14, 2017.

She was known by several nick-names… “Pooch”, “Precious Stew”, “Patty Sue”, and “Pat”. But to those closest to her she was always “Patty”. She shared a happy childhood with her younger siblings, Wanda (Carroll, Webb City), Dennis, Ron both of Joplin and Jess who preceded her in death.

She attended school at Alcott, Woodland and Oakland in Joplin and graduated from Webb City High School with a letter in art. Though she had no further formal education, she was an avid reader and accumulated a vast knowledge of many subjects that interested her. She was a gifted, self-taught musician; able to play many instruments. Blessed with a phenomenal memory, she entertained friends and family with her imaginative story telling abilities.

She attended a Pentecostal Church where she met and later married Stephen S. Pennock of Galena, Ks in 1952. To this union, her only child, Stephen Michael Pennock was born on Feb 14th, 1953. Twelve days later her husband Stephen was killed in a tragic accident.

Patty worked in various jobs in the area but was happiest as a homemaker. She met and married J.W. Gilley in 1960 and moved to Kansas City where she lived for 25 years. There she built a home of warmth and serenity. Gardening, quilting, writing, playing volleyball and being a second mother to Stephen Michael’s friend, many of whom call her “Mom” to this day. When her son married Debra, and presented his mother with three grandsons her life was truly compete. She and J.W. were care givers for the two oldest boys, Stephen, Samuel and Jason until they started school. Both these heroic young men are marines, now retired on medical disability after 5 tours in Iraq, Afghanistan and Yemen. The youngest grandson, Patrick lives with his parents and works for the Olathe School District.

Patty was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Joplin since January 2001. She found lasting friendships with may members. Her family and friends were the source of much of her happiness. Much joy and her life came from childhood friends, Julia and Lorene and later knowing her dear friend, Lorinda. She introduced Wanda to her circle and they shared movies, dinners, Scrabble and countless games of cards and dominoes.

Patty had an abiding faith in God and God’s way. With her serene, non-judgmental nature she drew many into her circle of friends. She was always more than willing to help those who needed a helping hand. She hoped to be remembered for her character in integrity. She is survived by her siblings, Wanda Carroll, Webb City, Dennis and wife, Marcia, and Ron and wife Betty all of Joplin; son Stephen Michael and wife, Debra, of Osawatomie, Ks; grandsons Samuel and wife, Melissa of California, Jason of Arizona and Patrick of the Osawatomie, Ks; her only great grandson Stephen Anthony, many nieces.

Funeral service will be held at 11:00 am Friday February 17, 2017 at the Mason-Woodard Mortuary & Crematory with Pastor Rick Main officiating. Burial will follow in the Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 10:00 am to service time at the Mortuary. Arrangements entrusted to the Mason-Woodard Mortuary & Crematory.


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  • Created by: NJBrewer
  • Added: 14 Feb 2017
  • Find A Grave Memorial 176334855
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Patricia Sue “Patty” Johnston Gilley (16 Dec 1933–14 Feb 2017), Find A Grave Memorial no. 176334855, citing Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery, Joplin, Jasper County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by NJBrewer (contributor 47097113) .