Patricia Arlene Kirkpatrick, a woman cherished by family and friends, passed away peacefully in her sleep on August 18, 2020, at her residence in Cokato, Minn.
Funeral Service: 11 AM Friday, August 28, 2020, at the family farm 23289 470th Avenue, Sanborn, Minnesota. Visitation: 1 hour prior to service at the farm
Interment: Sanborn City Cemetery. Arrangements: Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cokato and Howard Lake, Minnesota
She was eager to meet her Lord and Savior face to face and finally be reunited in heaven with her husband of 48 years, Grant James Kirkpatrick who passed in 1994.
She was also predeceased by three siblings: Warren Davis, Elmer Davis and Marilyn Sly. Her sisters Roberta Duroe of Jeffers, Minn. and Marjorie Simon of Sleepy Eye, Minn. survive her along with many nieces and nephews.
Living in the wake of her love and lasting influence are her four children and their spouses: Davis James and Wynnell Kirkpatrick of Cokato, Minn., Timothy and Sandy Kirkpatrick of Rainier Ore., Robb and Marsha Kirkpatrick of Buffalo, Minn., and KaCe and Carson Frazzini of Kearney, Neb.
Pat’s ever-growing familial legacy includes 15 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren, all of whom had the opportunity to know her as the devoted and supportive grandmother she was.
Pat cultivated a strong relationship with her Heavenly Father and prioritized her life accordingly. When she wasn’t spending time meeting with her Lord, she was serving and ministering to those whom she believed He loves… everyone. From lifting the spirits of friends with a short visit to having serious discussions about salvation with each of her children and grandchildren, Pat spent her days with great purpose.
Committed and dependable, Pat never hesitated to offer love and support in any capacity to those she loved. She regularly traveled thousands of miles to visit family, hundreds of miles to attend recitals and basketball games, and constantly invited people into her home. She took every opportunity to make her neighbors, friends and family feel loved and valued.
She was known and beloved by many – especially family – for her ability to cook and bake delicious food with ingredients fresh from her garden. But even more enjoyable than the food itself was the time many were fortunate enough to spend preparing it alongside her or enjoying it across her kitchen table.
Born in Sanborn, Minn. on April 28, 1926, Pat spent the majority of her 94 years as a steadfast fixture in her community. She had a passion for education, beginning her career as a teacher in a one-room schoolhouse in Germantown TWP and Herman, Minn. She worked well into her seventies providing support as a para-professional in the Sanborn school system.
Of great importance to Pat was her involvement in Sanborn United Methodist Church, her other “home.” She served in various roles including Sunday school superintendent, youth group sponsor and deacon… and, of course, in the church’s kitchen. But closest to her heart was the Bible study she hosted in her home for many years. Years after she could no longer host, she still shared treasured memories, Biblical insights and favorite recipes from her time with these friends.
Patricia will be dearly and sorely missed, but those who share her faith in Jesus Christ are rejoicing with her that she is finally living in total wholeness and peace in the place she so longed to reach.