Patterson McCleery, Patsy R.

Patsy Ruth Patterson McCleery, 80, of Sun City, Texas, died Friday, Dec. 9, 2005, in Temple, Texas.

She was born Nov. 21, 1925, in Mead, Okla., to Ottis and Irving M. Patterson. She attended Portales public schools, graduating in 1944. She volunteered for the Cadet Nurse Corps and trained at Breckenridge Hospital and the University of Texas in Austin, Texas. She attended Eastern New Mexico University.

She married Bobby G. McCleery in Austin, Texas, in 1947. She was active in a Texas writer’s group and had three books published. “The Turtle Lady,” the story of Ha Loetcher’s work to save the endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtle, won an award in the non-fiction book category.

Family members said she was an avid reader and loved gardening.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, Guy Wayne Patterson.

Survivors include her husband of Sun City, Texas; two sons, Michael B. McCleery of Midland, Texas, and Timothy W. McCleery of Hawaii; two daughters, Marsha G. Rochester of Georgetown, Texas, and M. Kay Brunner of Hewitt, Texas; a grandson, David M. McCleery, of New York City, N.Y.; three granddaughters, Heather M. Brunner and Leslie P. Brunner of Waco, Texas and Amy B. Rochester of Corpus Christi, Texas; three great-grandchildren; a brother, Irvin Patterson of Roques Bluffs, Maine; three sisters, Glenda L. Reamer of Modesto, Calif., Jacqueline Lynde of Portland, Ore., and Sue Skinner of Portales; eight nieces, Jann Waters, Jill Stewart and Lynn Corbett, all of California, Catherine Lynde of Massachusetts, Marianne and Tina Lyons of Oregon, Leslie Mullins of Roosevelt County and Deidre Flynn of Texas; and four nephews, James Patterson of New Mexico, Robert Patterson of Georgia, Ruston Lynde of Oregon, San Skinner and Jon Skinner of Portales.

Arrangements are The Gabriels Chapel in Georgetown, Texas.