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Patricia (Pat) Rupe


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Patricia (Pat) Rupe, 63, passed away September 16, 2018, at Covenant Specialty Hospital in Lubbock, Tx., with family and friends by her side.

Pat was born in Loudon, Tennessee on June 17, 1955 to the late Leonard and May Ferguson.

Pat left behind two siblings, five children, sixteen grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, a dog, a cat and a whole bunch of stuff we don’t know what to do with. She also left behind a flock of chickens and ducks that she loved dearly, and are as quacky as she was.

Pat was a loved Mother, Grandmother, and Great-Grandmother who will be missed so very much.

Pat was a very outgoing person who knew no stranger; she ran a ìsoup kitchenî and a ìrefugee camp,î meaning her kitchen, home, and heart were always open to those who needed it (her flip-flop was also readily available to those who needed it).

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Pat loved making cookies and baking with her grandkids but rest assured, her cookies were the only things being sugar-coated. No one could ever describe Pat as a shy, quiet, or timid woman. She was strong-willed, outspoken and had no issue with telling someone how it was.

Pat loved holidays with her family, especially shopping for candy in the holiday clearance section. Candy companies and dentists around the world will definitely feel the impact of this loss.

Her favorite holidays were Halloween and Christmas. Every Halloween she had hot dogs, chips and hot chocolate ready for her grandkids. She wanted to make sure they were not hungry while they were out trick-or-treating.  Every Christmas she would wrap extra children’s gifts in case a child showed up that we weren’t expecting. She never wanted anyone to feel left out.

Pat had many hobbies she enjoyed such as playing cards, feeding her ducks, giving her dog Jinx his treats, crocheting blankets for her children and grandchildren, drinking coffee, watching ìBig Brotherî, watching the sunset, spending time visiting with her family and friends, and wearing buckets on her head to entertain her grandchildren.

As a young woman, Pat worked as a waitress and did many odd jobs to help support her family. She returned to school at age 36 and eventually obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from ENMUR (probably in an attempt to diagnosis our slightly dysfunctional family. Just kidding we are way more than slightly dysfunctional, but she loved us anyway.) Pat continued her schooling and obtained her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Highlands University.  Since then, she dedicated her life to working with people she felt needed her. Pat worked as a Disease Prevention Educator for Alianza of New Mexico, a Treatment Coordinator for The Peak Treatment Foster Care, but found her true calling and passion working for High Desert Family Services as a Family Living provider for individuals with disabilities.

Pat is survived by her two siblings; sister, Sandra Barnhill and brother, Edwin Ferguson; along with her son, Michael Gadbury, his wife Elaine, their five children, and two grandchildren; daughter, Elsie Greer, her husband Travis, two children, and three grandchildren; son Jimmy Hobbs, his wife Rachel and their two children; son Bobby Rupe, his fiancÈ Angie, and their 3 children; and daughter Sara Fleming, her significant other Felicia, and their 5 children.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Leonard and May Ferguson; her sister, Katherine Wright and brothers, Richard and Leonard Ferguson Jr.

A Celebration of Life will be held, in lieu of a service, on October 6, 2018 from 12pm-3pm at 110 N Richardson, Roswell, N.M. 88201.

Pat’s family would like to thank Teresa and Larry Heintze, Steve Graves, James Fleming, and The Kastler Family for supporting and helping Pat and her family over the past few months.

Pat’s family would also like to send out a special thank you to a few incredible people working for Covenant Specialty Hospital in Lubbock, Tx. Jennifer Martinez, RN; Steve Cade, RT; and Julia Gully, FNP.  We can’t thank you enough for the care and attention you provided to our mother. This has been a very difficult time for our family. We are truly grateful for the level of care you provided, but, we’re also grateful for your compassion and the time you took to talk with us. There are no words strong enough to express our gratitude.Thank you!

You are truly doing God’s work.

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