Patsy's Story

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A memorial service to celebrate the selfless and giving life of Patsy Ray "Patt" Thrun will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016 in the worship center of Claremore First Baptist. Rice Funeral Service and Cremation Center has been entrusted with Patt's care. A viewing and visitation will be 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016 at the funeral home. The Thrun family will be there to receive visitors.
Patt passed away Saturday morning, Oct. 29, 2016. She was 77.
Born in Tishomingo, Okla. on Aug. 1, 1939, Patt was the daughter of Lowell Porter and Henrietta (Spence) Briggs. While she was still just a toddler, the family made their home in Anaheim, California. She grew up and attended schools in Anaheim until her graduation in 1957. After a year of junior college, she made a career out of her musical gifting by teaching accordion. Patt was so talented that she performed and directed concerts-once at the Shrine Auditorium.
Living near the U.S. Marine Base in Anaheim, Patt, along with her girlfriends had a party that included some of the marines as their guests. Patt and Walter James Thrun became acquainted that evening and began a courtship-marrying on March 17, 1961-her parents wedding anniversary. Walt says the event caused so much stir that somehow a holiday was named for that special day. Walt's wit was one of Patt's favorite attractions in the beginning but later it just became one of those Walt things. Last March Patt and Walt celebrated 55 years of committed devotion to one another.
Though their lives as a couple began in California, Walt and Patt made their first home in his home state of Illinois.
But when his dreams of becoming a commercial airline pilot were diverted, realistic Patt said it was time to return to California to work on further education and career preparation. Patt had just the right manner of encouragement and Walt knew it was the right decision. She always had a gift of offering positive influence.
Patt worked as a secretary while Walt earned degrees. Then the two chose a new home place-both loving the idea of living near beautiful Table Rock Lake, they decided on the Tulsa area. They built a home at the foot of Keetonville Hill and have remained at home there ever since. Though they traveled to many areas of the country over the years, they never found a more beautiful place than Keetonville Hill, especially in the fall season.
Patt seems to have been born with a servant's heart but that heart for others was strengthened as she grew older. In her teen years, she made a decision to commit her life to God-now her life was a constant example of devotion to others. That unwavering example brought Walt to faith in Christ as well. Patt actually led by example teaching her children the value of hard work, service to others, loving compassion, selfless devotion and love of God.
Patt was a friend to many, giving much to her women's ministry efforts. She was a constant cheerleader for her children's accomplishments, never missing an opportunity to proudly watch as they performed. A wonderful cook, her family was well cared for, but she couldn't limit herself to just her family.
She tirelessly supported the veteran's at the local center, graciously preparing Saturday breakfasts and hosting these special guests at her own home. She was the church youth summer camp cook for many years. Through the years Patt and Walt opened their home and their hearts to a dozen foster children, adopting one as their own daughter, and continuing to encourage others well into their adulthood.
A devoted wife to Walt, a committed mother to her sons and daughter, and a loving foster mom, Patt still had a heart that was filled with love when she was blessed to become Memaw to her four treasured grandchildren. There was always opportunity for one on one time with each, from the eldest to the youngest.
An abundance of blessings because of Patt's faith and family devotion will continue through the generations. She is survived by her husband Walt of their home in Claremore; her children, Wally and wife Lori Thrun of Tulsa, Jim and wife Tracy Thrun of Claremore and Stephanie Thrun of Claremore; four grandchildren, Ben Thrun of Hawaii, Dr. Rebecca Thrun of Tulsa, Emily and Isabella Thrun of Claremore; her brother, John Porter Briggs of Oregon and her sister, Shirley Stoneking of Alabama.
Published on October 31, 2016
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