Pat was born in Texas and raised during the 1930s Depression era. Her family had little in the way of material things. There was no indoor plumbing, running water, or electricity. The toilet/outhouse was out behind the back of the house.
Along with Pat’s parents, her cousins, the James Dokeys, were a great influence. At age eleven, Pat was baptized in Lake Gage at Petrolia, Texas.
Pat’s family moved to California when she was fourteen. She immediately found a job, working four hours a day and attending school four hours a day.
After graduating, Pat was able to work full-time. In those days, people understood, if they wanted something in life, they would go out and work for it. There was no welfare or giveaway programs. No free lunch.
After working at various jobs such as office work, modeling in San Francisco, Oakland, and Los Angeles, she worked over fifty-one years in the real estate profession.
She has had articles and poems published in the Realtor magazine, SACAR Realtor Guide, SACBOR Today, and other real estate publications. Her poems are used in church bulletins. Over thirty were read at memorial and funeral services.
Pat published four books in five years: The Climb Up Life’s Mountain, Poems For Conservatives, My Journey as a Realtor, and Honoring.
Pat writes personalized poetry about individuals’ lives, also patriotic, political, religious, motivational, and inspirational poems.
She has had thank-you responses to her poems from the Queen of England, three US presidents, and a first lady.
She has written poems for a governor, two senators, three congressmen, and two Georgia representatives. Also for restaurant chains.
Through dark valleys, adversities, and challenges, Pat’s faith kept her going.
Pat attended the Church of Christ at San Leandro, California, for forty-three years and, later, Vallejo, California, and Clermont, Georgia.