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Pattie Jean (Culver) Foltz was born August 26, 1937 to Della (Jennings) Culver and Evan Grant Culver. Pattie was welcomed home by her four siblings Richard, Clarence, and twins Mae and David. She spent all of her life in Ringgold County, with the exception of 22 months spent in Omaha, Nebraska during the early days of her marriage, graduating from Mt. Ayr High School in 1956.
Pattie was united in marriage at the First Christian Church in Mt. Ayr to her high school sweetheart, Phillip Glen Foltz, on May 27, 1956. Phil and Pattie remained members of the First Christian Church and raised their family in this church. Pattie and Phil were truly soulmates. When first married, Pattie and Phil moved to Omaha, Nebraska where Phil worked for Union Pacific Railroad. Soon, their family began to grow with the birth of Cathy Jean on May 2, 1957. The following year, on August 13, Pamella June was born. Ann Marie completed the family on October 17, 1970. Pattie, known for her loving heart, welcomed her nephew Ken Shelden, and nieces Sherry and Pati Shelden into the family when her sister Mae passed away in 1972. The house and farm, four and one-half miles north of Mt. Ayr, might have been bursting at the seams with teenagers and a two-year old, but Pattie’s and Phil’s love showed in every inch of the house.
Pattie was a busy woman. In addition to raising six children and helping on the farm, she worked at Donell’s Dress Shop in Mt. Ayr for many years. She also worked for her very dear friends, Jim and Carol Ann McCreary, when they ran the café at the former Mt. Ayr Sale Barn. Pattie’s most satisfying work came from working in activities at Clearview Nursing Home. Pattie’s love was showered on the residents there. The residents and staff returned that love threefold.
Everyone in the community knew Pattie’s love of sports. Although she thoroughly loved rooting for her favorite teams on TV, her greatest joy came from watching her children and grandchildren participate in sports. She seldom missed a game or event, and everyone present was aware of her spirited enthusiasm. This included basketball games, wrestling matches (certainly not her favorite thing to watch), track meets, volleyball games, football games, softball and baseball games, as well as chess matches. Pattie covered a lot of the Midwest just watching her children and grandchildren’s events. Pattie enjoyed many other activities including involvement in Cattle Women, local card and community clubs, dances, and going to “the riverboat.”
Pattie passed away on March 22, 2020. She was preceded in death by her parents and her four siblings.
Pattie is survived by her always true and faithful husband of almost 64 years, Phil Foltz; children Cathy Foltz of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Pam (Clint) Poore of Mt. Ayr; Ann (Greg) Semrad of Galesburg, Kansas; as well as Ken Shelden of Las Vegas, Nevada; Sherry (Larry) Adams of Mt. Ayr; and Pati (Clifford) Fried of Piedmont, California – nieces and nephew who became her “children” after the death of their parents, Pattie’s sister Mae and her husband Ray Shelden. Grandchildren Caine Poore of Mt. Ayr, Iowa; Callie Poore of Denver, Colorado; Braydee Poore of Loveland, Colorado; Lane, Hunter, and Payton Semrad of Galesburg, Kansas; Sherry’s children Dustin (Renee) Adams of Gardner, Illinois; Shelly Adams of Dallas, Texas; Tara (Zac) Grandfield of Lorimor, Iowa; and Pati’s children Daniel Fried of Seattle, Washington; and Molly Fried of Oakland, California; and “great-grandchildren” Davida Jernigan of Mt. Ayr; Bryan Shields and June and Wyatt Grandfield all of Lorimor, Iowa.
Pattie made a special effort to maintain a close relationship with cousins and nieces, and nephews. In addition, Pattie will be missed by a host of nieces and nephews, cousins, sisters-in-law Peggy Wagenknecht of Mt. Ayr and Doris Culver of Chicago, Illinois, and thousands of friends.
Memorials are to the family for them to decide later.
Pattie was a friend and neighbor who always had a smile. When you were with Pattie, there was always going to be fun and laughter. We were in Friendship (neighborhood) Club with Phil and Pattie over 40 years meeting monthly for food and fellowship. Those are fond memories we have of Pattie. Our thoughts and prayers to Phil and family. You are blessed to have such cherished memories.
Raymond & Donna Shields Mar 26 2020 12:00 AM
Our hearts and prayers go out to Phil and all of Pattie's big loving family. We will miss Pattie at Church, at the nursing home and in town. We will miss her bright smile and good conversation. Deepest sympathy to all of you.
Michell and Bruce Ricker Mar 25 2020 12:00 AM
Oh my Pattie we will miss you so much. Your beauty shop family is at a loss without you. You always put a smile on our faces and left our hearts a little lighter. My heart breaks for Phil and your family. Our prayers for them will continue. We love and miss you
firstname.lastname@example.org Mar 24 2020 12:00 AM
Condolences for Phil and family. We had fun during Farm Bureau trips, realizing we shared our wedding anniversary. Pattie was such a positive, funny friend.
Nancy Derscheid Mar 24 2020 12:00 AM
So sad to hear of Patty's passing. She was a very special lady, always full of love and hugs. She will be missed. Sending prayers of comfort to her family.
Barb (Kennedy) Supinger Mar 24 2020 12:00 AM
I was so sorry to hear of Patty's passing. My family has known Pat and Phil for over 50 years as Patty's sister, Mae, was my Mom's best friend. Our family continued the friendship after Mae's passing and visited their farm often. Our entire family sends condolences to the entire Foltz family. We hope that your many loving memories of Patty will comfort you in the days and months ahead.
Marsha Carlson (& Sorenson Family) Mar 24 2020 12:00 AM
My heartfelt sympathy goes to Phil and family. It was such a pleasure to get to know Pattie while we both worked at the Sale Barn in Mt Ayr. She was always pleasant to be around and had a wonderful laugh. So very, very sorry for your loss.
Debbie Larson Mar 24 2020 12:00 AM
I didnt know Pattie, but the little girl she welcomed into her home after her parents died
Is my friend Pati Fried. Deepest sympathy to all of those who admired and loved her.
Anne Brodzinsky Mar 24 2020 12:00 AM
Am so sorry to hear of Patties death. I was at the Senior Activity Center when the nursing homes started bringing up their clients once a month and Pattie would come with them from Clearview. She was a kind compassionate person in the capacity and Im glad I got to know her. Condolences to her family.
Janet Hogue Mar 23 2020 12:00 AM
Pattie and I became verygood friends during 'our' casino days....I will always havegreat memories of her; I am soglad she was a part of my life; she impacted mein a very positive way!She was my friend, when I needed her! Hugs to her family!!
Sheri Wood Frost Mar 23 2020 12:00 AM