Services for Patricia J. South, 86 of Perry were 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23 at the First Presbyterian Church in Perry.
Pastor Joan White officiated the service. Organist was Elta Summerson with Gary Weishaar as the soloist. Musical selections were "Precious Lord, Take My Hand" and "In the Garden."
Honorary Pallbearers were Elwood Sapp, Alan Hall, Glen Theulen and Earl Stafford. Pallbearers were David Weiser, Brian Parker, Mike Landals, Mahlon Conaway, Marty Magill and Chuck McCloud. Burial was in Violet Hill Cemetery in Perry. Patricia passed away Monday at Unity Health in Des Moines. Patricia Jean (Stafford) South was born on April 22, 1927, to Paul and Jean (Chestnut) Stafford in Denison. She attended Denison Public Schools and graduated from high school in 1945. She continued her education at Iowa University, Buena Vista College and took summer hours at Drake University. After college, Pat taught in the elementary grades in Storm Lake.
She married Thomas South on August 21, 1949, at the First Presbyterian Church in Denison. After moving to Perry in 1957, she taught at Dallas Center and Minburn, having taught at Nemaha, Iowa, for one year while Tom finished his degree at Buena Vista College in Storm Lake. Pat was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Perry for the past 56 years and a member of the Priscilla Circle. Pat also belonged to several bridge clubs.
She ended her teaching career as a para-educator and a substitute teacher at Dawson and Webster School in Perry. She was an avid reader and loved cross stitch, quilting and knitting.
Pat was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Janice Green and other relatives and friends.
Survivors include her husband, Tom, of Perry; children Paul South of Perry, Nancy South of Des Moines, her friend and second daughter Julie Huggins of Des Moines and Jeffrey (Paula) South of Perry; two nieces, Cheryl Kolaszar of California and Patti Jones of Columbus, Ohio; five nephews: Steve Held, Jim Held, Tim Held, Pat Held and Danny Koester and several great nieces and nephews.
Memorials are suggested to the First Presbyterian Church of Perry and the Perry Public Library and may be left at Murdock Funeral Home in Perry.