Patricia Estelle Pollock
Funeral services for Mrs. Patsy Pollock, 87, of Nacogdoches will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 5, 2008 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, with Msgr. James Young officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park.
Mrs. Pollock passed from this life into eternal life with her Savior on Tuesday, January 1, 2008 in Nacogdoches. Patsy was born in Drumright, OK on January 18, 1920, the daughter of the late Bryant Grady and Edith (Montgomery) Patton. Raised in Okmulgee, OK, she graduated from Okmulgee High School, Class of 1935. She attended the University of Oklahoma and the University of Michigan. After the beginning of WWII, Patsy married Charles Richard (Dick) Pollock, in September of 1942, who had joined the Navy and was stationed in Couer d' Alene, ID. Dick and Patsy returned to Okmulgee where Dick went to work for Phillips 66 Oil Company. They were relocated to Sweeney, TX in 1950, living in Old Ocean. Patsy converted to Catholicism and took an active role in her local church, helping to build the current Catholic Church in Sweeney, TX. Dick retired from Phillips in 1963 and purchased the Continental Inn in Nacogdoches, which he operated until his death in 1968. Upon the death of her husband, Patsy took up the management of the Continental Inn. She founded and operated the Peacock Club in 1969. Patsy played a big role in helping to vote Nacogdoches wet in 1972. She opened and operated the first liquor store in the city of Nacogdoches, Continental Liquor. She sold Continental Inn and Liquors in 1986, retiring to become a world traveler and devoted grandmother.
Patsy was a writer, and had numerous articles published in the Maryknoll magazine, The Houston Post and the Nacogdoches Daily Sentinel, among other publications. She received the Christopher Award from Father Keller for a Christmas article she wrote for the Houston Post. Patsy attended Sacred Heart Catholic Church and sat on the finance committee for the construction of the current church. Patsy took an interest in the students of Stephen F, Austin Catholic Student Center and was proud to know and help many of them through their education.
Patsy is survived by all four of her children, Dr. Larry Pollock and wife Debbie of Houston, Kathy McLaughlin and husband David of Lewisville, Bill Pollock of Austin and Koko Stelson and husband Bill of Nacogdoches. She is also survived by her eleven grandchildren, Blake Pollock and Allison Harris, both of Houston, Chad Pollock of New York City, NY, Austin Pollock of Waco, Chris McLaughlin of Lewisville, Resa Todd and husband John of Coppell, Margaret Fitz and husband Bryant of Houston,Caroline Peters and husband Jason of Houston, Laura Pollock of Dallas, Christelle Dorsett and husband Chris of Nacogdoches and Terri Stelson of Nacogdoches. Patsy is also survived by four great-grandchildren.
Also surviving are a sister, Mrs. Tom (Lois) Olzawski of Tulsa, OK, and a sister-in-law, Mrs. Jack (Floreine) Pollock, also of Tulsa, OK as well as a number of nieces, nephews and cousins. Patsy was preceded in death by her husband, Dick Pollock, her parents, her sister Rhetta Short Culver and her brother-in-law Jack Pollock. Active pallbearers will be Nicholas York, Zachary York, Steve York, Sterling Robinson, Robert Whitlock, David Yates, John White and Mark Aucoin.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Hospice of Deep East Texas, 907 Mound St., Nacogdoches, TX 75961 or Sacred Heard Catholic Church Building Fund, 2508 Appleby Sand Rd., Nacogdoches, TX 75965. The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 p.m. on Friday, January 4, 2008, and a Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m.
Laird Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.