Patricia Ponder

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Patricia Ponder

Patricia Ponder Service for Patricia Ellen Ponder will be 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at MMS-Payne Funeral Home Chapel, burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Friends may visit at the funeral home on Monday, September 17, from 1pm-5pm. Patricia passed away on Wednesday, September 12th, 2018. She was 76.

Born October 5, 1941 in Tulsa, Oklahoma to John Peter and Merle Marie (Thompson) Jordan, Patricia graduated from Marquette Catholic School in Tulsa. She was one of six children that worked alongside their parents in the poultry business. Their operation supplied eggs and chickens to the Tulsa Public Schools. This work ethic served her well throughout her life. Following her graduation, she was recruited by NASA and trained to work in the aviation field. She assembled wiring for NASA and different airlines. She worked for Rockwell International and later McDonnell Douglas using those skills she learned. Patricia also worked for Amoco Oil Company and Flight Safety.

Patricia always placed her family first in everything she did. She provided for them and made sure they didn't go without anything they needed or wanted. She worked extra jobs so that Christmas would be special. Patricia bought the best presents and always put a lot thought in what she gave. She was a wonderful cook and the family enjoyed the meals she shared. Her grandchildren were a gift and she loved having them around. Patricia was a sports fan and she cheered the OU Sooners and the OKC Thunder every time they played.

Those family members that survive include her children Carolyn Sue Geltz of Tulsa, David Wayne Ponder and wife Ronnette of Vinita and Ellen Kay Starkey of Verdigris; her grandchildren Toby Garrett Geltz, Cassandra Renee Rigsby and husband Ryan Berry, Elias Scott Strickler, Tyler Allan Ponder and wife Mistice, Joseph Dale Ponder, Dustin Lane Ponder, Weston Samuel "Hondo" Ponder, Sabrina Ellen Tyre and husband Thomas, Miranda Rae Starkey and Logan Cyrus Starkey; great grandchildren Brooklyn Danae Ponder, Kegan Allan Ponder, Ayden Samuel Ponder, Parker Elizabeth Ponder, Allecka Sarah Mead, Ariya Ellen Tyre and Nathan Williams; her siblings Margie Dennis, Mary Kelly, Mike Jordan and Susan Dwarshus and many nieces and nephews. Patricia was preceded in death by her parents and brother John Jordan.

MMS-Payne Funeral Home & Cremation Service
Published on September 14, 2018
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