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Ruth Patterson ("Pat") Chapman passed away peacefully on January 18, 2022, in the arms of her family. Details of a celebration of her dynamic life have not yet been finalized. She will be privately buried in the Chapman family section of Forest Hill Cemetery. Pat was proud to be almost halfway through her hundredth year, perhaps being the longest-lived person to date in her family.
Pat was born in Ellsworth, Kansas to Dorothy Carhart and Richard Luedde Patterson, but the Dust Bowl drove her family to beautiful Pasadena, California in the early 1930s. She happily participated in the Laguna Arts Festival and the Rose Parade. As a model for photographic pioneer William Mortensen, she was featured in National Photography Magazine in 1936. She earned an Associates Degree from Pasadena City College, then joined the USO chapter at the Santa Anita Racetrack, went to work as a telephone operator for what became AT&T, met and married her husband Robert James Chapman of Kansas City, and moved to Kansas City to raise her family. She also resided at Lake Lotawana and in Prairie Village, and in recent years, near family in Denver, Colorado. Pat retired from AT&Ts Western Electric in 1985, most enjoying her time in a lab coat working on semi-conductors. Her mechanical side introduced her to water pumps, broken refrigerators, welding classes and her favorite, blow torch.
Pat worked hard to become a docent at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. She found joy and deep friendships, however, as a 25-year volunteer at the Nelson, co-founding Stuff and Shuffle. Over the years, Pat was also an enthusiastic member of the Lotawana Garden Club, the Missouri Yacht Club, and Denvers Botanic Gardens.
A seeker of beauty and unusual experiences, Pat had many unique trips, such as two trips to Mexicos central highlands to see the migration of the Monarch butterflies, visiting the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, and sailing with the worlds Tall Ships in Amsterdam and in Puerto Rico, on the Sir Francis Drake with 30 friends, to commemorate the 500-year anniversary of Columbus sailing to America,
Pat is survived by her Colorado daughter Lynn Chapman Greene, her husband James J. Cassidy, their five children and twelve grandchildren, all in Denver. Pats surviving son is Robert James Chapman, with wife Virginia, of Kansas City. Rob has five children and six grandchildren. Pats grandchildren are beneficiaries of years of superb birthday cakes, Halloween costumes, and Christmas ornaments. Pats son Scott Erickson Chapman and her former husband Robert James Chapman both pre-deceased her.
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