She was predeceased by her cherished husband, Albert Leonard Stephens Jr.; her parents, Maurice V. and Maydelle Morrow Dunmire of Lufkin, Texas; and her step-son, Albert Leonard Stephens III. Survivors include her sister, Gracie Thornton Nelson of Minden; son, Scott Dunmire Walker and daughter-in-law Michelle, of Glen Allen, Virginia; Amanda Caroline Walker and son-in-law Lieutenant Colonel Mark Baush, of Richmond, Virginia; and grandchildren, Stuart and Emma Walker and Ellie and Caroline Patterson. Beloved surviving step-children include Catherine Stephens Harrell of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Shirley Stephens Woodruff of Charlotte, North Carolina; and Sarah Stephens Hoffman of New Orleans.
Born in Jacksonville, Texas on Nov. 27, 1939, she spent the early part of her life in the beautiful rolling hills of East Texas. She attended The University of Texas and graduated from Texas Christian University with a degree in Elementary Education. She taught kindergarten in Austin until the birth of her children, when she turned her attention to them full-time. After leaving Austin, she moved to Minden with her family and immediately began to make a life for herself there.
A resident of Minden for over 50 years, Pat had deep roots in the community and a broad network of friends from many walks of life. Never one to sit on the sidelines, she always had a project or interest to keep her engaged. Perennial topics included painting, education, St. John’s Episcopal Church, gardening and plants, reading, Macintosh technology and her on-line community. She could always be counted on for continuing support for her church and a number of charitable organizations including Alpha Club of Minden, the Dorcheat Museum and Historical Association and Minden’s St. Jude Auction.
For a number of happy years, she and her husband Bert travelled the world and lived the experiences through their love watercolor painting.
A service of thanksgiving for her life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017 at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Minden, followed by a reception in the Parish Hall. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or St. John’s Episcopal Church music fund.