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Patsy Jane Wilcoxen of Byers


Patsy Jane Warren Wilcoxen, 85, of Byers, passed away Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 in Wichita Falls.

Patsy Wilcoxen

Patsy Wilcoxen

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25 at the First Baptist Church of Wichita Falls, followed by a graveside service at Riverside Cemetery in Byers. Arrangements are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home of Henrietta.

Mrs. Wilcoxen was born Sept. 27, 1927 in Byers to T. F. (Booster) and Pearl (Shields) Warren. She lived in Byers from 1927 until 2006, when she moved into an assisted living home in Wichita Falls. She attended school in Byers and graduated from Byers High School. In the fall of 1945, Patsy boarded a train crowded with troops and sat on her suitcase all the way to California. She married Billie Wayne Wilcoxen of Charlie on Oct. 21, 1945 in Oakland, while Bill was serving in the U.S. Navy. They were married almost 50 years, until his death in 1994. In 1947 they built a home in Byers where Patsy lived until 2006. She attended the First Baptist Church of Byers where, among other things, she sang in the choir and was a regular soloist for Sunday worship, weddings, and funerals.

Mrs. Wilcoxen was an active member of the PTA and served as the president of the Byers School Reunion. She was a member of the Byers Women’s Club for many years, and in 2006 was chosen to represent Byers as a Duchess in the Clay County Pioneer Reunion. She worked at Adams Clinic in Wichita Falls for 30 years. While there she earned her cap and pin as a Licensed Vocational Nurse. She did tole painting, decoupage, china painting, and oil painting. She loved water sports, and taught most of the teenagers in Byers in the 1960s how to water ski. She was a member of the Rhythm Nears, a group traveled all over Wichita, Archer and Clay County entertaining at Nursing Homes. In 2006, she joined First Baptist Church of Wichita Falls and was a member of the Glory Choir and the Worship Choir.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Bill Wilcoxen.

Survivors include a daughter, Judy Powell and husband John; a sister, Mary Lee Herrin; and two grandchildren.

Visitation will be held at 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24 at Davis Funeral Home in Henrietta.

Memorial can be made to Hospice of Wichita Falls, P.O. Box 4804, Wichita Falls, Texas 76308; the Byers School Preservation Fund, City of Byers, P.O. Box 265, Byers, Texas 76357; or the Byers Cemetery Association, 407 Riverside Dr., Byers, Texas 79357.


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