Patsy Ruth Whitehead
Birth Date: February 12, 1929Death Date: October 10, 2018
Patsy Reed Whitehead died on October 10, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. She was born to John Pat Reed and Annie Hester Earls on February 12, 1929. She moved to West Texas at the age of 12 and graduated as Valedictorian of Union High School in 1947. The day after graduation, Arris Bryan Whitehead walked into the Wackers Five and Dime Store in Lamesa Texas, the two of them fell in love, and they married on January 16, 1948 in a double wedding with Arris’ brother Maxie and his bride Barbara.
Patsy gave birth to three children. She was devoted to them and cherished being their mother. She took care of her mother and father as well as other family members. Patsy inherited a sense of humor from her father and loved being around people who enjoyed laughter.
In 1971, she moved to Dallas with her husband and son where she worked at American States Insurance Company as one of the company’s first female Territorial Underwriters. She enjoyed her work and the close relationships with her co-workers.
She and Arris were active members in Eastern Star, and she served as Past Matron of Dal-Cliff Chapter 574 in 1985-86. The life-long friendships she formed in Eastern Star provided many fond memories.
Patsy was devoted to her husband, her children, grand-children and extended family. She is survived by her son Danny and his wife Janie; her daughter Judy and her husband Jim; her son Tony; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. She is preceded in death by her husband Arris.
A visitation will be held at Restland Cemetery Friday October 12 from 6:00 to 8:00pm. The memorial service will be at The Abbey at Restland at 9:30 am Saturday October 13 followed by a graveside service at 1:00 pm at Baker Cemetery in Tolosa, Texas.