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Patsy Church - January 21, 2012


Patsy Ann (Rowe) Church, age 76, of Holyoke, died peacefully in her home surrounded by her loving family Jan. 21, 2012. Patsy was born Nov. 13, 1935 in Poncha Springs with her given name of Amilie Isle Rattlin Gourd. She was adopted in 1938 at age 3 and a half by Elmer Anson and Leota Labetha (Balderson) Rowe.

The family made their home on the state line southeast of Holyoke. Patsy attended the Hilltop School first through fifth grade and Pleasant Valley School sixth through eighth grade and graduated from Phillips County High School in 1952.

Growing up, Patsy and her parents belonged to the Silver Spurs Saddle Club, where they went on several rides together and also did square dancing on horseback at several local fairs. Patsy’s great love was living on the farm and being able to work with horses, helping her dad to rough break several of the colts he raised.

When she wasn’t helping on the farm in the summer, Patsy also enjoyed playing softball at the Pleasant Valley Ball Park. During high school, she was a member of the National Thespians Club, National Honor Society, pep club, choir and select choir in college.

Patsy attended Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, where she earned her Associate in Arts degree. She continued her schooling at Bethel School of Nursing in Colorado Springs, earning her degree to become a Licensed Practical Nurse. She married Roger Evans and had three children: Tim, Tammey and Sandy.

Patsy worked at Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs for 10 years and also did private duty nursing. She divorced and moved to Holyoke with her children in 1973. There she worked for Melissa Memorial Hospital for 10 years and also enjoyed going on ambulance runs.

She married Bill Church in 1980. They made their home in Grand Junction for 26 years where Patsy worked for several nursing homes before retiring.

Patsy always wondered about her biological family and had tried to find them through the years with no luck. In 2003, after seeing an ad in The Holyoke Enterprise, Patsy’s daughter, Sandy Saylor, realized that Patsy’s siblings were looking for her. She was soon reunited with the two remaining brothers she had. She enjoyed getting to know them and their families and treasured each and every time she had with them.

Patsy moved back to Holyoke in 2004 to be closer to her children and grandchildren. She had several other extended children who always called her “Mom.” She was blessed with many special friends, whom she dearly loved.

Patsy enjoyed her Monday afternoon Bible studies with Gorman Foley and friends, along with playing cards with the ladies at the SunSet View Community Center every Wednesday and Saturday.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Elmer and Leota Rowe; grandparents, Ed and Dora Rowe; aunts, Edna Hayes and Irene Hunt; brother, Harris Gourd; husband, Bill Church; and stepchildren, Slugger Church and Dean Church.

She is survived by her son, Tim Evans and wife Marsha and grandchildren, Alison and Tanner, all of Centennial; daughter, Tammey Evans of Holyoke and grandson Chad Smith of Aurora; daughter, Sandy Saylor and husband Nick of Holyoke and granddaughters, Chelsey Saylor of Grand Junction and Kayla (Saylor) Knight and husband Kolt of Fort Collins; brother, Jack Strain and wife Mariana of Sheridan, Wyo.; niece, Anita Williams and Shelley Black of Pine Haven, Wyo.; nephew, Louie Strain and wife Carla of Eagle and their children, Greg Strain of Aurora, Lauren Bilobran and husband Tim and their daughter Lilly, all of Loveland, and Andy Strain and wife Susie of Gretna, La.; nephew, Sam Strain and wife Jonette and their children, Landon and Marcella, all of Colorado Springs; niece, Sharron Kirchoff and husband David and their children, Jodi, Brian and Steven, all of Grand Junction; aunt, Doreen (Rowe) Dodson of Commerce City; stepchildren, Debbie Kraus and husband Steve of Corpus Christi, Texas, Cindy Kilker of Brighton, Lynda Farner of Palisade and Barbara Church of Chico, Calif.; seven  stepgrandchildren; and many other friends and relatives.

There will be no visitation.

The funeral service will be held Saturday, Jan. 28 at 10:30 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Holyoke with Pastor Al Strauss officiating.

Final resting place will be in the arms of her loving family.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Plains, P.O. Box 365, Wray, CO 80758, or to Melissa Memorial Hospital Foundation, 1001 E. Johnson St., Holyoke, CO 80734.

Gerk Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.