The most important thing I could leave my loved ones and friends, if it were within my power, which it is not, would be faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Although that is within the power of the Creator and Lord God of the universe alone to give, I would urge all my family and friends, if they have not done so already, to flee to the Savior in repentance and faith. Let my death be an occasion of reminder that life is short. Do not wait until it is too late. May God grant you grace to do so.
Patsy Jean Gillentine, 74, of Sweetwater, Texas went to be with her Savior early March 8, 2012, surrounded by those who loved her deeply. Patsy was born May 8, 1937, in DeLeon, Texas. She married Paul Weldon Gillentine on August 14, 1956, in DeLeon.
Patsy is preceded in death by her loving husband of 55 years, Paul; paternal grandparents, Armstrong Nathaniel Anderson and Eunice Belle (Lemons) Hambrick; maternal grandparents, David Sylvester and Missouri Ann (Beene) Beck; and her parents, Armer Nathaniel and Ada Eugenia (Beck) Anderson. Also preceding Patsy in death is a brother, Truman Dale Anderson; granddaughter, Matty Soncrant; and great-grandsons, Stanley Glasgow and Jaxon Cook.
She leaves behind a loving family including two sisters, Sylva Ann Heinzke of Austin, Texas and Billie Ruth Wheeler and husband L.E. of Copperas Cove, Texas; a brother, George M. Anderson and wife Katherine of Copperas Cove, Texas; and a sister-in-law, Tommy (Ham) Anderson of Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Patsy also leaves behind seven children, Weldon Gillentine and wife Cindy of Serepta, LA, Kathy Gilmore and husband James of Sweetwater, TX, Douglas Gillentine and wife Janice of Sweetwater, TX, Deborah Polanco and husband Jesse of Abilene, TX, Regina Upton and husband Joe of Sand Springs, OK, Freddy Gillentine and wife Katherine of Abilene TX and Lisa Smith of Sweetwater, TX; a son-in-law, Jeff Smith of Maryneal, TX; and an adopted son, Michael Delacruz; grandchildren, Weldon Gillentine, Jr. and wife Tina, Joseph Gillentine and wife Denae, Krystal Lee and husband Derrek, Nathaniel Gillentine, Patricia Glasgow and husband Kevin, Billie Anglin and husband Brandon, Jamie Mathews and husband Brad, Tara Boiles and husband Josh, Jennie Gilmore, Chris Buckner, Thomas Shorter, Paul Shadowens, Brandy Shadowens, Mike and Victoria Chi, Ruben and Consuelo Reyes, Cindy Wright, Michael Upton, Jennifer Upton, Daniel Upton, Timothy Gillentine, Jeremy Gillentine, Sarah Smith, Rebecca Smith, Brice Smith, Elizabeth Smith; great-grandchildren, Chance Gillentine, Gavin, Dalton and Gerrit Gillentine; Tyler Anglin, Braeden and MacKenzie Mathews, Jaxon, Addyson and Randyn Boiles, Nathan Shadowens, Trevor and Elijah Cook, Shay, Morris and Jonathan Chi, Hermoine Nicole and Tori Alexandria Reyes, Dyson, Casey and Bly Wright, Corey, Danielle, Cassidy, Austin and Cody Buckner, Brandy, Amber and Daniel Soncrant; great-great-grandsons, Kaiden Soncrant and Ayden Gunner Smith; and great-great-granddaughter, MacKaleigh Soncrant.
Patsy has been a homemaker most of her life, but her greatest job was serving her Lord Jesus Christ. She most enjoyed spending time with her family, quilting, sewing and traveling with her beloved husband.
The funeral is under the direction of Dove Funeral Home. Visitation will be Saturday, March 10, 2012, from 6-8:30 p.m. at Region 14 ESC, 1850 Hwy 351, Abilene, TX. A celebration of her life will be at Region 14 ESC on Sunday March 11, 2012 at 2 p.m. Burial will follow at Elliot-Hamil Garden of Memories.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society and Heritage Parks Free Will Baptist Church.