Patsy Ruth Glaze was born on September 26, 1927 to John Harland and Fannie Laoma (Gibson) Hill in Henryetta, Oklahoma. She passed away on September 20, 2020 at the age of 92. She was the oldest of four; brothers Bill and Tom and sister Shirley. Like many Oklahomans during the Dust Bowl, her family moved to Southern California looking for a better life when she was 8 years old.
Her family moved a lot and she attended many schools but when she got to Glendale High School she committed to stay. She spent many hours on the city bus commuting to school so she could be with her friends. They all went on to Glendale College together and created their own sorority they called KEMPFLS. These ladies remained devoted friends for the rest of their lives.
Patty took a job at C&C Plumbing Supply and it changed her life forever. There she met the owner's son, Richard Lee Glaze. He was an F-86 Sabre pitot and he swept her off her feet. They married in November of 1951. In 1953 they had their first son and had another son every year for the next 4 years! One of her favorite stories was about taking her boys to the flight line when Pop would fly in and walk her 5 "little ducklings" across the tarmac all in a row to greet him. One of the other pilots told him he was the luckiest man in the world! Wayne, Tom, Mitch, Bob and Jim got a surprise in 1963 when their little sister Lynn was born.
Patty felt tremendous honor in taking care of her family. She took pride in her laundry on the clothes line and clothes were always pressed, she made the best sack lunches, and her children all respected their mama. With only one left in Jr High she decided to go back to work. After several jobs she found a career at Tabulating Consultants. She started as a clerk and went on to become an executive secretary for the owner. When the company closed she started her own business and retained some of the clients. She ran that business into her 70's.
In 1998 she and Richard sold their house and moved to Oklahoma to be close to her daughter's family. Her sons Jim and Bob as well as two grandsons also relocated here. Again Patty set down her roots. She joined Friends of the Library, the Literary Council, Questers, the Garden Club, and volunteered for the Domestic Abuse Shelter. She found her church home at First United Methodist Church. There she loved to read to the preschoolers, help with the school supply program and answer the phone on Mondays. She was part of the womans group and made pies for new members. She sat in the same spot for the Sunday Blue Jean service for many years.
Patty is preceded in death by her husband Richard and son Bob, brother Bill and sister Shirley. She is survived by her brother Tom and her children; Wayne, Tom and wife Vicki, Mitch and wife Deanne, Jim and daughter Lynn and husband Vince. She has 13 grandchildren; Heather, Amy, Jaime, Jessica, Will, Brian, Doug, Tucker, Sara, Darby, Tyler, Parker, Emily and 11 great grandchildren. She will be laid to rest next to her husband and son at a graveside service for the family will take place in the spring.