Patricia Ann Watson-Wilie (Aug. 7, 1946 – Oct. 18, 2013) passed away at her home in Schulenburg, Texas, at the age of 67, as her battle with cancer came to an end.
Patricia was a woman that was known by several names by the many people she’d known throughout the stages of her life. Known as “Patty” or “Patsy” in her younger years, she was raised in Lockhart, Texas, by her parents, Benny and Lily Watson. Patricia was a fun loving, outgoing girl that loved to laugh and lived to make memories that she later shared with her family and friends.
After graduating from Lockhart High School she eventually ended up living and working in Austin. In her adult life as a mother and professional she was known as “Pat;” although simple, it was a strong name that represented exactly who she had become at that stage of her life.
Married to Walter Wilie for 37 years, she raised her four children into adults, and had an active and influential hand as the grandmother of nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. In 1985, she moved back to her hometown of Lockhart, then in 1989 she made her way to her “adopted” home in South Carolina, just outside of Sumter, to the small town of Dalzell.
During her time in South Carolina, Patricia fell in love with the mountains and scenery of North Carolina, which she visited regularly. There was nothing she loved more than the mountains and watching the leaves change colors during the Fall.
In her later years this amazing and loved woman came to be known by many as “Nanny.” “Granny” would not have worked for this woman, as she was more than just a grandmother. No matter how near or far away she was, she was always there to help with her grandkids in any way that she could. She always found a way to play an active role in their lives in some form or fashion.
A rock for so many, she was a soft, good hearted, giving woman to all she came across, with a sense of humor that could rival the best of them. To those who knew her, especially those that loved and knew her well, the sound of her laughing was the best medicine in the world and one that can never be forgotten.
Patricia was always concerned about others, she would help those that needed help, but also knew how to give a good push to those who really needed it. From her Lebanese-American heritage to her Texas raised roots she was always a woman we all called “Mom.” She will always be greatly loved and missed; her memories and influence will live on through the many lives she has touched along the way.
Patricia is survived by her sister Bonnie Moses; her husband Walter Wilie; her four children, Carla Frierson, Jesse Wilie, Wendy Lamb and John Wilie; her grandchildren: Nicole, Courtney, Abbi, Jenna, Hannah, Julia, Zoe, Elaina and Xavier; and her great-grandchildren, Lola, Tinley, Brendan and Darius.
We will live on in her name, and cherish her always. We love you Mom.
Funeral services will take place at Eeds Funeral home in Lockhart, Texas. Viewing will be set for Tuesday, Oct. 22, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., with family receiving callers from 5 – 8 p.m. at Eeds Funeral home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at Eeds Funeral Home, with interment following at the Lockhart City Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jesse Wilie, John Wilie, Eldon Wilie, Doug Youngblood, Mario Ruiz and Shawn McWhorter. Honorary Paul Bearers are Walter Wilie and Dennis Wilie.