Mary Blanche Neal Patrick, 92, of Monticello, passed away August 27, 2014.
Mrs. Patrick was a retired nurse who had returned to school in her 40s to elevate her nursing designation from an LPN to an RN, studying many late nights and struggling to make good grades. She was among the first class of nursing students to graduate from the University of Arkansas at Monticello, then Arkansas A&M.
After graduation, she was an industrial nurse at Burlington Industries in Monticello for more than 25 years.
Among the many highlights of her life was her basketball career as a Lady Hermit at Hermitage High School, where her team captured a state championship.
Mrs. Patrick loved life, especially fishing, taking cruises, playing bridge, watching the Razorbacks, spending time with her family and attending Rock Springs Methodist Church, which she did as long as her health allowed.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Shaw and Kathleen Neal; her brother Joe S. Neal and her husband Floyd Patrick. She is survived by her sons, Charles Edward Moore, Jr., Lloyd Gordon Moore, Norman Neal Moore; a daughter Mary K. Woodruff; seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held August 30 at 11 a.m. at Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home in Monticello. Visitation will be at the funeral home one hour prior to service time. Burial will be at the Neal Cemetery in Hermitage, Ark.
Memorials may be made to Rock Springs United Methodist Church, c/o Karen Groce, 831 Rock Springs Rd., Wilmar, Ark. 71675.