A celebration of the life of Patricia Faye “Pat” Vancil will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 15, 2014 at First Baptist Church. Visitation will be Friday from 2-7 with family receiving visitors from 5-7.
Pat passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014. She was 76.
Born in Springfield, Tenn. on September 8, 1937 to Leslie and Frances (Wilson) Page, Pat was raised and educated in San Marcos, Texas. On Dec. 22, 1958 Pat married the love of her life, Wilbur Vancil, in a ceremony in San Marcos, Texas.
Their union was blessed with three children. Because of his career their family was able to enjoy living in several different states before Claremore became their home in 1978. Pat was a career homemaker and a wonderful wife and mother. She walked her children to school each day and made sure they got there safely. Her children described Pat as loving, devoted, faithful and having a wonderful sense of humor.
Pat and Wilbur set a great example of how a marriage should be. Their children said they had a very rich life and loved each other dearly, always committed to each other in every way.
Pat and her family enjoyed life together, often taking family vacations and camping trips that are the highlight of her children’s memories. Pat loved to travel and see God’s creation. She always felt secure even in the remote parts of the world as long as Wilbur was by her side.
At the age of 12, Pat gave her heart to the Lord while attending a Girl’s Auxiliary meeting during their church revival. As a Sunday school teacher to young married ladies, Pat instilled God’s Word into the hearts of many. A true example of a Proverbs 31 woman, “her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.”
A woman of many talents, Pat loved her circle of friends and hosting dinner parties. She enjoyed reading, sewing and making trendy crafts. One of Pat’s greatest attributes was her love of others, always wanting to teach and often trying to carry the burden of others.
This loving mother and grandmother will be missed by all whose lives she touched. Pat is survived by her children Lisa White and husband Treg, Phillip Vancil and wife Kim; grandchildren Chandra and Brittany Spears, Broc Vancil, Natalie Culver and husband A.J., Matthew Vancil and wife Brook, Jacob, Timothy and Gage Vancil, Bryce and Bailey Benge; great grandchildren Aidan, Scarlett, Maya and Aira; brothers Bill Page and wife Fern, George Page and wife Janice, sisters Evelyn Stedman, Thelma Wimberley and husband Oran, Linda Hogeland; numerous nieces and nephews. Pat was preceded in death by her husband Wilbur Vancil and son David.