Pat Markham, 83, peacefully entered the arms of the Lord, surrounded by loving family members, Thursday, April 12, 2012 at Prairie Mission Retirement Village, St. Paul.
Pat was born July 26, 1928 in Blackwell, Okla., the daughter of Abbie and Mabel Kragh McIlroy. She attended Cherokee, Okla., public schools.
She was united in marriage on June 21, 1957 in Chanute to Richard Markham, who preceded her in death, in 2003. Pat made her home in Chanute since 1950. Pat was employed, until her retirement in 1988, by the Chanute Tribune, Chanute, as a circulation manager. She was also active in many activities and organizations, including: Flea markets, auctions, bridge, Senior Citizens, and Senior Citizens Ladies Quilting, CAPPS, Southeast Kansas Bottle and Relic Club, taught Sunday School at the Wesleyan Church, Colonial Dames, and was elected a Republican Election Officer. Many will recall Pat as “The Glass Lady” from local radio. Pat was a wonderful mother and grandmother, placing all others before herself. She enjoyed traveling and bowling, having seen many countries. Her delightful skills as a cook will be remembered by many.
Pat is survived by her daughters, Deborah Boone and husband, Merle, Chanute, and Pamela Mueller and husband, David, Bartlesville, Okla.; five grandchildren; Chris Mueller, wife Emily, and daughter Cayden, Tulsa, Okla., Jon Mueller and wife, Katie, Richardson, Texas, and Andy Mueller, Oklahoma City, Okla,, Jessie Harryman and husband Joey, Kenosha, Wis., Tanner Boone and fianc√© Rachel Nicholson, Springfield, Mo.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Richard, and a brother, Howard McIlroy.
Funeral will be held Tuesday, April 17 at 10 a.m. at Penwell-Gabel Johnson Chapel, Chanute.
The family will receive friends Monday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Penwell-Gabel Johnson Chapel.
The family suggests contributions to the Fire Escape Coffee House. Contributions may be left with the funeral home.
To leave a special message for the family on-line, visit www.PenwellGabelChanute.com