Patricia Ann Dowell Sobotka was born at home south of Diagonal, Iowa in Grant Township, Ringgold County on January 20, 1933, to Irven Charles Dowell and Edna Jane (Perkins) Dowell, the youngest of six children. In 1937 the family moved to a farm east of Diagonal where she attended country school at Fairview school until 5th grade and then attended Diagonal school where she graduated in May 1951.
She was married to her high school boyfriend Wallace Sobotka on December 16, 1951. They lived in Des Moines where she worked at Homestead Life Insurance Co until Wallace was drafted into the Army and she went to be with him at Fort Riley, Kansas and then Baltimore, Maryland. When Wallace was sent to Germany, she moved back to Iowa to stay with her parents. Their first child, Nancy Kay was born on February 23, 1953. Wallace was discharged from the Army, returning to Iowa in February 1954. They then bought their farm north of Benton. On August 24, 1955, their son, Steven Edward was born.
Patty was a stay-at-home farm wife raising a big garden, canning, baking, and sewing for her family. Patty was well known for her pies, kolaches, sugar cookies and cinnamon rolls that she happily shared with everyone she knew. She also blessed many people with baby blankets, pillowcases, tea towels and quilts. She enjoyed taking her garden and sewing projects to the Ringgold County Fair and was very proud of the ribbons she won.
Patty and Wallace were happiest working on the farm, but enjoyed trips to Canada, Colorado, Oregon, and Virginia Beach.
Patty passed away on August 2, 2021, at Clearview Estates in Mt. Ayr, enjoying Bingo, jigsaw puzzles and her friendships with the other ladies right up to her last moments. She was preceded in death by her husband Wallace; parents, Irven and Edna (Perkins) Dowell; her parents-in-law, Andrew and Eva (Driskill) Sobotka; her brothers Iven and Donnie (Evelyn) Dowell; sisters Mary (Ralph) Stevens, Betty (Don) Trimble and Marge (Dick) Yashack; brothers and sisters-in-law Elbert, Bernard and Charles Sobotka, Carrol Strange, Darland McGinnis and Maxine (Bill) Myers; her son-in-law Rudy Saville, her nephew Ronald Yashack and niece Leesa Craig.
Patty is survived by her children Nancy Saville and Steve (Cyndi) Sobotka; five grandchildren Mike Sobotka, Michelle (Bryan) Bradley, Bob (Jacque) Sobotka, Melissa Sobotka, and Ashlee (Mike) Pruett; 13 great-grandchildren: Rachel and Eva Sobotka, Elizabeth, Andrew, Jacob, Ronny and Leo Sobotka, Michaela and Nicholas Bradley, Ally Waske and Rylee Miles and Alisha and Logan Lomax and 3 step great-grandchildren Taylor, Makaila and Michael Pruett. She is also survived by her brother-in-law Joe (Bernadine) Sobotka; sisters-in-law Margaret McGinnis, Sheryl Strange, Lynn Sobotka, Cawren Sobotka and Jan Sobotka Sabin; many nieces and nephews and numerous friends.
A memorial fund has been established for the Bohemian Cemetery, Diagonal, Iowa.
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