On Monday, the thirteenth day of March 2023, Patricia Lynne Mickelberg made her journey to Heaven. She passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her loving family and ever vigilant pets. Patricia, also known as Patsy, Patty, Sister, Ma, Momma, Nana, Grandma and Woman (when dad needed his coffee or a foot rub). Patricia was the first born child of John B. and Ruth L. Reece on the Fourth of February 1956, in Washington D.C. On January 10, 1989, she became the wife of Michael Mickelberg. She was the big sister of John B. II, Janet, Pam and Russell Reece. It was this family which provided her with the compassion and love that has become the legacy she now leaves behind.
The number of pseudonyms she possessed is only outnumbered by the many passions she pursued in her lifetime. In her younger years, Patricia was an avid horsewoman competing in shows as grand as the American Royal in Kansas City in 1973. She received much attention and an invitation to pursue a riding career in England.
Choosing the role of motherhood, Patricia took on the mantle with as much nurturing love and patience as she was shown. Patience being important as she would soon have eight children to keep up with. She loved each of her children in the individual way each child needed to be loved.
She had such a compassionate nature and ability to bring light into any dark place, and those traits served her well in her profession as a nurse. Not only did she thrive in her role as a healthcare provider, but her love of knowledge lead her to pursue and achieve her Master’s in Nursing. With her new credentials, she became an educator herself, and those who worked or learned beside her knew, she set the standard of excellence in her field.
Patricia also had a nearly insatiable urge to create. She filled her family’s world with vibrant colors. Putting the “Do” in DIY, she filled her family’s world with vibrant color, and there is no corner of her home that has not received the attention of her artistic touch. Never being one to dabble, Patricia only knew how to throw herself wholly into her ambitions. One such ambition was fueled by her love of cooking, and desire to be personally successful. After retiring as a nursing instructor, Patricia was eager to rebuild and promote the success of her Pampered Chef business with vigorous tenacity. She made great strides, earning the title of director.
Patricia’s passions remain rooted in the children she has left behind, Kenneth, Elizabeth, David, Amy, Jessica, Lori, Jacob and Alyssa. Each child experienced and was influenced by her love as a parent, her passion for aiding those in need, her desire to pass on her education, her creativity and ambition. She has taught them that with a firm foundation and a big dream there is nothing out of reach. These lessons will continue to be passed on to her fourteen grandchildren, her great-granddaughter and the many that follow.
Visitation will be 1:00 to 3:00 P.M. Friday, March 17, 2023 in Barnes Family Funeral Home, Ozark, Missouri. No funeral services are planned currently. Online condolences may be shared at www.barnesfamilyfunerals.com.
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Trevor Reece saysMarch 14, 2023 at 1:55 pm
Impact. Few things in life have as much power as impact. Aunt Patty made a huge impact. Not just on her immediate and extended family but on countless of friends, students, and patients. That impact has gone on to impact the patients of her students, the friends of her family and so many others. The impact that she has left on this world will be felt for generations to come. Whether you knew her as Mrs. Mickelberg, Sister, aunt, daughter, cousin, grandma, Pat, Patty, Patricia, Patsy, wife or mom, her impact on you has forever changed your life. As her nephew I can guarantee her impact has forever left its mark on me as well as my wife and son. Aunt Patty may you rest peacefully and painlessly in the arms of your savior. From the old Irish Blessing “May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face; the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.”
Uncle Mike, Ken, Amy, Lori, Jacob, Alyssa, David, Liz, Jessica, and the rest of my sweet family, please know that even though we are not able to be there in person with you all, Jude, Nickie, and I are sending you all our love and prayers.
Humiston, Cheryl saysMarch 15, 2023 at 7:52 am
I’ve only known Pat a few years since I’m a transplant from Ct. here in MO but I enjoyed her so much. I met Pat at OUMC. We worked hard together on preparing the rooms for Eagle Lake Camp and then surviving the week of camp.., cleaning out closets, trying hard to organize the Resource room (yikes!!) and my favorite – teaching preschool Sunday school classes together. She was a wealth of knowledge in all areas. I learned so much from her in so many ways. She is gone way too soon…. She will be truly missed and always fondly remembered…
Bryan Warner MD saysMarch 19, 2023 at 1:03 pm
I worked with Pat back in my Air Force days around 1995-1997 at Scott AFB, IL Primary Care clinic where she was our lead nurse. Pat especially had a compassion for her job and deeply cared about the patients. She was a great team player that eventually lead her to that teaching position. I have only fond memories of Pat and truly wish her family the condolences deserved for a genuinely wonderful human being.
Brian Poteat saysMarch 20, 2023 at 12:48 pm
I share my deepest condolences with your family. May healing come quickly and the fondest of memories remain.