Patricia Morlen, 1924 ~ 2010

Patricia (Pat) Lawrence Morlen, died on March 5, 2010 in Allen Memorial Hospital. She was born on Aug. 10, 1924 in Fairfax, Mo., to her proud parents, Floyd Andrew and Carmen Lema Lawrence. She had an older sister, Betty Jane Lawrence Hoffmann, of Longview, Texas.

The family lived in Missouri until she was 13, when they moved to Ballinger, Texas. She loved school and was a drum majorette for the high school and was an excellent student, with a love for literature, which she cherished throughout her life. After high school, she attended junior college.

In 1943, she met and married a young air force pilot, Lieutenant William (Bill) Lee Morlen. They moved to San Angelo, Texas and in 1945 their daughter, Terry Lynn Morlen, was born. In 1952, they moved to Lubbock, Texas, and opened a U.S. Royal Tire Store.

Pat was a homemaker, devoted wife and mother and part time college student, who earned an associate degree in literature.

In 1959, she went to work for Catholic Charities and became their director, until 1964. She had a great love for horses and rode her fox trotter, Mr. Chips, and her Tennessee Walking Horse, Cream Jesse’s Boy (Shannon), to many a win in the show ring.

In 1970, she divorced, and came out to Moab, to see an old college friend, Mary Williams (Mitch). She absolutely fell in love with this country and all the red rock. She stayed some years and then moved to Red Stone, Colo., and then to Dallas, in 1980, to be near her mother, daughter and granddaughter and was director of admissions for Medical City Dallas Hospital. She finally moved back to Moab permanently in about 1989, after her mother had died and her granddaughter had graduated from university.

She had many friends wherever she went because of her intelligence, quick wit, sense of humor and her loyalty. She was a well-read woman, with strong opinions, who relished a good debate. Mother adored the opera and the symphony and I grew up listening to every opera she owned and attending some as a child, her favorite being “Aida.”

She loved the La Sal Mountains and had wonderful views from her home. She never wanted to leave “her mountains,” as she called them. She played some bridge, hiked the mountains, rode the red rock horseback and was a really good driver, on- and off-road. Her audacity and keen sense of adventure took her many places around the world, but she always wanted to return to her beloved Moab.

She was a devout Episcopalian and served on the altar guild of every parish that held her membership. She will be missed so very much by those who loved her and by the many people she met and so appreciated, at the Allen Memorial Hospital Extended Care Center, where she spent the last two years of her life.

Patricia is survived by her daughter, Terry Morlen Markle (Jim), of Moab; her granddaughter, Noelle Dowd Leitch (Alexander), and great-granddaughter, Kathleen Patricia Leitch, of London, England; two nieces, Carmen L. Tucker (Daniel) of Colorado, and Angela H. Glover (Glen), Texas; one nephew, Anthony Hoffmann (JoLinda), of Texas; five grand-nieces, Berkeley Cattaneo (Russell), Sheridan Smith, of Colorado, Lindsay Glover, Whitney Hoffmann, Tyrai Hudson, of Texas; one grand-nephew, Graham Glover of Texas; and her long-time best friend, Mrs. Juanita McClure, of Lubbock, Texas.

We, her family, want to thank the doctors, nurses and all the caregivers at Allen Memorial Hospital for their kindness, expertise and gentleness. Most especially, we want to thank all of the staff of the Allen Memorial Extended Care Center for their love, thoughtfulness and for always being there for her and for us. They were all so wonderful with her and we love them very much! We also want to thank three wonderful, caring doctors, without whom she would not have been nearly as comfortable as she was – Dr. Steve Rouzer, Dr. Robert Kloepper and Dr. Phillip Kopell. Without these doctors, I don’t know what we would have done. Thank you again and God bless you!

Services will be held at St. Francis Episcopal Church, 250 S. Kane Creek Blvd, in Moab, on Friday, March 12, at 10:30 a.m., with a graveside service to follow. A luncheon will be offered at the LDS Stake Center, 701 Locust Lane, beginning at noon.

In lieu of flowers a donation to the charity of your choice or the Arthritis Foundation would be wonderful. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.spanishvalleymortuary.com.