Once upon a time, a group of Texas boys, who worked for Southwestern Bell, were sent to work in a small Kansas town. This is where Nathan Moore met the love of his life, Patty Lee Long, in the café where she waited tables. They soon were married and for several years moved back and forth between Kansas and Texas. Patty loved Kansas, but she loved Nathan even more so they finally settled in his hometown, of Chireno, Texas, where they raised five children.
Patty was a homemaker in every sense of the word. She sewed and cooked for her family and for anyone else in need. She not only encouraged and lifted up her own children but any others that came into her life. Patty was always attentive to her community and actively supported concession stands, school activities, bake sales, and any event her children were involved in. She hung a “Jesus Stocking” in her house at the beginning of each year and encouraged her family to donate money all year. When she heard that someone in the community needed help, she would ensure they received that money.
Patty was famous in town for her cinnamon candy, coconut cake, homemade pies, divinity, and hundreds of homemade cookies, all of which was shared with everyone. She was known within her family of her love of anything purple and her deep devotion to Willie Nelson.
Her grandchildren will always remember her fried chicken on Sundays. In everything she made, love was her first ingredient. Patty made every kind of doll: teddy bears, Pooh bears, and Raggedy Ann and Andys. A lot of them were for her grandchildren and for newborn babies in town.
Patty lost Nathan in 2010 but continued the tradition of her Sunday dinners for her family and anyone else that wanted to come. Her grandchildren were always bringing their friends and she was “Mamaw” to all of them. Those dinners were filled with laughter and love and made so many wonderful memories for all.
There will be many things we miss about Mamaw; different things for each of us, but they all add up to an amazing lifetime of loving her family.
Waiting for Patty in Heaven is her husband, Nathan Moore, her parents, Thomas Bryan and Leta Pearl Jones Long, her grandson, James Ricky Holloway, Jr., her sister Vicky Beeson, and her brothers, Gale, Glen, Gary, and Gene Long.
Patty is survived by her children, Julie and James Layton, Becky and Mike Anthony, Jeanne and Ricky Holloway, David and Leita Moore, and Joseph Moore. She is survived by the grandchildren she loved so: Cindy Potter, Randy and Joanie Layton, Justin and Kellie Anthony, Levii and K.P. Anthony, Heather and Ryan Hull, Josh and Sarah Holloway, Caleb and Kristin Holloway, Luke and Jill Moore, Megan Moore, Dustin and Lynsey Moore, Nathan Moore, Thomas Moore, and Andrew Moore. She is also survived by numerous great-grandchildren (with more on the way), her sisters, Peggy Carmen, Judy Goltl, Joy Richardson, her brother Greg Long, her brothers-in-law, Garry Beeson and Evan Goltl, and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Preston and Carole Moore, and many nieces and nephews.
Our family would like to express our gratitude to the Hospice Plus team and Dr. Kindrell Tucker for all they did to make our mother’s dream of remaining in her home possible. We would also like to thank Happy at Home for the wonderful sitters they provided, especially Darla and Jonie, for their gentle and loving care. We are also extremely thankful to Gerrie, for cheerfully and lovingly caring for her during her last weeks, never complaining during the most trying times, and always putting our mother’s needs ahead of her own.
Mamaw’s life revolved around her children and family, so, in her memory, please donate to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
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