Born Sunday, February 2, 1947
Died Saturday, April 24, 2021
Patricia Ann (Patsy) Wimber was born February 2, 1947, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She passed away Saturday, April 24, 2021, in Muskogee, Oklahoma. She was preceded in death by her mother Sarah Dessie Wimber and her father Harold Keith Wimber.
She is survived by a sister, Carolyn Fay Strickland and a brother, Harold Keith Wimber II (Juanita). She is also survived by two nieces, Melanie McLain (Jerry), Jimmie Sue Bland (Edwin) and a nephew, Harold Keith Wimber III (Nicole), four great nieces and a great nephew, Taylor and Rebecca McLain, Slayd and Sarah Kate Sasser (Bland) and Lillie Sophie Wimber and a host of cousins. She also leaves behind many friends whose lives will be diminished greatly without her.
Patsy graduated from Englewood High School in Jacksonville, Florida, and from Brewton Parker Junior College in Mt. Vernon, Georgia. She received her BA. Degree from Georgia Southern University. She received a Master of Library Science Degree from both East Texas State University and the University of Oklahoma. She also did post professional course work at Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, and Oklahoma State University, Stillwater.
She began her professional career at Connors State College in Warner, Oklahoma, beginning in 1972 and stayed at Connors until her retirement in 2014. She served as Director of the Connors State College Library until 1986.
In 1986 she left her library position and became an instructor of Humanities and Social Sciences. She was a dedicated educator, and during her years of teaching she won many honors and awards including the Starfish Award, Faculty Scholar, Outstanding Faculty Member, and Faculty Service Award several times. In 2002 she received Connors "Hooray for Teachers" award sponsored by Muskogee Area Educational Consortium. She was known for her audio-visual presentations which progressed through the years: starting with slides, then slides with sound, then videos, and then Power Point. The Rate Your Professor Student Website at the time gave this advice: Get ready to read. Tests are tough. Skip class? You won't pass. She was co-advisor to Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and was involved in conventions and other off-campus meetings as well as activities on campus and throughout the region.
She was an active member of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International Epsilon Chapter of women educators from 1977 until the present. Offices held during that time include first vice-president, second vice-president, Chairperson of the Scholarship Committee, Chairperson of Professional Affairs and longtime term as Secretary at the present.
She was an avid traveler and visited many countries as well as locations within the
U.S. Starting in 1977 with a trip to New Orleans for the King Tut exhibit followed soon after by “A fifteen countries in fourteen days Grand Tour of Europe"
in 1978, she continued traveling and never stopped. Her last adventures were a Canada/Alaska cruise and a “New England in the Fall” bus tour.
She faithfully attended Haikey Chapel United Indian Methodist Church and was saddened that she was unable to attend except for a few outdoor services during the last year because of the Covid pandemic.
She was a woman whose presence was larger than life with a kind spirit and generous heart.
The family will greet friends 4PM-7PM, Thursday, April 29, 2021 at Cornerstone Funeral Home.
A celebration of Patricia’s life will be 11AM, Friday, April 30, 2021 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Royce Wittman officiating. John Beaver, Del Beaver, Anderson Berryhill, Marcus King, Jerry Anderson and Dr. Ron Ramming will be serving as pallbearers.
Interment will be at 1PM, Monday, May 10, 2021 @ Morris City Cemetery in Morris, OK.
Services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N. York Street, Muskogee, OK. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.