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2011-07-07 / Obituaries

Patricia Anne Cochran Sisk

June 29, 1947-July 3, 2011

Pat went home to be with God on July 3, 2011. She was born June 29, 1947, to Eugene and Alice Cochran in Beaumont, Texas.

She went to school at St. Anthony Elementary and graduated from Kelly High School in 1965. After business school in Houston, she pursued a career in banking for more than twenty years. Pat retired from banking in 1995 to move to her country home outside Lexington, Texas. There she worked as a property tax consultant with her husband. At the age of sixty, she left tax consulting to pursue a lifelong dream of becoming a nurse. Sadly, she was diagnosed with terminal cancer just before the final semester of her studies. In spite of her illness, she completed her studies and graduated from Temple College in Taylor in June 2009. Even though she endured invasive and painful treatment for her illness, she took and passed her state board examination and received her State of Texas licensed vocational nursing license in July 2009. Pat was unable to pursue her nursing career due to her illness. Her shining example to family, friends, and acquaintances sets a very high standard. She was extremely pleased, as we are all pleased, that she had accomplished her lifelong goal of becoming a nurse.

Pat was active in both the Lexington and Blue community affairs. She was an active member of the St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Taylor. Active with youth programs, she also taught religion classes at St. Mary’s.

Pat was preceded in death by her parents and sons, Timothy Eugene Bell and Gregory Alan Sisk.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her loving husband of eighteen years, Alvin Leo Sisk; her children, Debra Leigh Jordan, Robert John Sisk and wife, Kathy, Patrick Glenn Bell and wife, Christina, Alvin Leo Clemens, Blaine Neal Clemens, Mitzi Lynne Anderson and husband, Gary, Christina Sisk and Samantha Ellen Taylor and husband, Duriel. Fifteen grandchildren and five great grandchildren survived her. Two sisters survive: Barbara Lynn Lewis and husband, Bob; Katherine Ruth Sims and husband, Greg; along with a large extended family and special friend, Glenn Bell.

Pat was a quiet yet strong woman with infinite faith in her God, her family, and her country. Her faith, hope, and charity have touched many who will not soon forget her. Her desire to excel has marked all areas of her life.

A Rosary will be conducted on Friday, July 8, 2011, at Holy Family Catholic Church, Lexington, Texas. A funeral mass will be said on Saturday, July 9, 2011 at St. Mary Catholic Church, Taylor, Texas.

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