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.
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