Patsy Ruth Howard Brown passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at the age of 85 on Feb. 13 in Plano, Texas while spending the winter with her daughter Tammy Kingman.

Patsy was raised on a ranch in Powderhorn learning the principles of family, hard work, loyalty and honesty. These things she valued, practiced and passed on to others throughout her life.

Patsy graduated from Gunnison High School and received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Western State College in Gunnison. Patsy then became a school teacher. She taught in Towaoc then Anchorage and back again to Cortez. Patsy was one of the last Colorado teachers to receive the Lifetime Teaching Certificate.

Patsy had her own "taxi service" picking up the older members who needed rides enabling them to attend with her Beta Sigma Phi, PEO, Emblem Club and the Legion Auxiliary. She never forgot her good friends and visited them regularly in the nursing homes, assisted living centers and the hospital. Patsy was loved by all who knew her.

After retiring from teaching in 1990, she was encouraged by Buford Wayt to volunteer at the Cortez Cultural Center. Th is became her new passion. She loved the volunteers and became friends with many of the artists who brought their works into the center. She loved sharing their art with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In 1997 she was awarded the Cortez Citizen of the Year which she was very honored to receive.

Preceding her in death are her parents David and Ruth Howard; son Michael Clark Brown; sisters Peggy Lou (Howard) Reece and husband Bob Reece, Bonnie (Howard) McCorkhill and husband Gary McCorkhill; and brother Ed Howard who is survived by his wife Vonnie Howard.

Patsy is survived by her husband of 65 years, Russell Brown; son Charles (Chuck) Brown and wife Janice; grandchildren Treona (Dave) Bateman, Randy Neil Wright, Amanda Kingman and Sara Kingman; great-grandchildren Brooke, Courtney (Chris) Beerman, Charleigh, Casey (Megan) Brown, Carly Brown ( James Kent), and Callan; daughter Tammy Lea Kingman and husband Steve Kingman; sisters Donna Rae (Howard) Bratton and husband Dick, Pollyann (Howard) Hayden and husband Tom; brother Michael Roy Howard and wife Barbara. In addition, she loved and was loved by many nieces and nephews.

Patsy's work in this life is done! She received a call she couldn’t refuse for another volunteer position! This position comes with a huge signon bonus: a reunion with family and friends that she has not seen in a very long time. Her new position takes her to a wonderful place where hopefully she will learn to ride a bike and swim.

A service in celebration of her life will be at the Cortez Cultural Center at 25 North Market Street, Cortez, Colo., on April 14 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, friends may make a memorial contribution in Patsy Brown's name to the Cortez Cultural Center, 25 North Market Street, Cortez, Colo., 81321 or Cancer Resource Alliance, P.O. Box 569, Cortez, Colo., 81321.