In memory of
Patti Shumock White
In memory of
Patti Shumock White
Emily Dickenson once wrote, "Unable are the Loved to die for Love is Immortality; Nay, it is Deity." If owning a corner of a thousand hearts is the secret to living forever, then our precious Patti now enjoys a well-earned place in the universe. Born Patricia Gale Shumock on January 14, 1957, Patti blew in amid a Baltimore blizzard to become the last of Earl and Beth Shumock's four Little Women. The family relocated a few years later to her parents' native Alabama, and Patti began school at Orchard Elementary where she formed an extraordinary group of friends who have been her close allies ever since. As the youngest in a family of otherwise dutiful daughters, Patti made humor her stock-in-trade, successfully charming classmates, co-workers, unsuspecting authority figures and her adoring sisters for the next 62 years. She graduated from Mary Montgomery High School in 1975 and served for the next 25 years in various administrative departments at the Alabama State Docks. She later obtained an Alabama State Realtors' License and worked as an accountant in the private sector. In the intervening years, Patti became the primary caregiver for both her parents until their deaths, a volunteer role she fulfilled with endless patience and selfless dedication. All who enjoyed Patti's company on a regular basis knew of her lifelong (and regrettably time-consuming) compulsion for engaging total strangers in conversation, a habit that honed both her renowned storytelling skills and her infamous collection of cornball jokes. Those gifts and many, many others became Patti's legacy when she passed away on Thursday, August 15, with her family at her side and her childhood, lifelong friends sitting vigil. Patti's light lives on, however, in her devoted husband of 37 years Ernest White, her cherished son Nathan, his wife Madeline, and their beautiful daughter Judith - Patti's greatest joy; her sisters Janet Shumock Miller, Carol Shumock Rawls and Denise Shumock D'Oliveira, their husbands, children and grandchildren; as well as hundreds of dear friends and extended family members – all of whose lives were made brighter by Patti's warmth and love. A celebration of her remarkable life will be held at a later date. Many thanks go out to the physicians and nurses in the cardiac intensive care unit at Spring Hill Memorial Hospital and to all who have held Patti in their thoughts and prayers in recent weeks. Free now of all her suffering, she lives forever in our hearts.
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In memory of
Patti Shumock White
Emily Dickenson once wrote, "Unable are the Loved to die for Love is Immortality; Nay, it is Deity." If owning a corner of a thousand hearts is the secret to living forever, then our precious Patti now enjoys a well-earned place in the universe. Born Patricia Gale Shumock on January 14, 1957, Patti blew in amid a Baltimore blizzard to become the last of Earl and Beth Shumock's four Little Women. The family relocated a few years later to her parents' native Alabama, and Patti began school at Orchard Elementary where she formed an extraordinary group of friends who have been her close allies ever since. As the youngest in a family of otherwise dutiful daughters, Patti made humor her stock-in-trade, successfully charming classmates, co-workers, unsuspecting authority figures and her adoring sisters for the next 62 years. She graduated from Mary Montgomery High School in 1975 and served for the next 25 years in various administrative departments at the Alabama State Docks. She later obtained an Alabama State Realtors' License and worked as an accountant in the private sector. In the intervening years, Patti became the primary caregiver for both her parents until their deaths, a volunteer role she fulfilled with endless patience and selfless dedication. All who enjoyed Patti's company on a regular basis knew of her lifelong (and regrettably time-consuming) compulsion for engaging total strangers in conversation, a habit that honed both her renowned storytelling skills and her infamous collection of cornball jokes. Those gifts and many, many others became Patti's legacy when she passed away on Thursday, August 15, with her family at her side and her childhood, lifelong friends sitting vigil. Patti's light lives on, however, in her devoted husband of 37 years Ernest White, her cherished son Nathan, his wife Madeline, and their beautiful daughter Judith - Patti's greatest joy; her sisters Janet Shumock Miller, Carol Shumock Rawls and Denise Shumock D'Oliveira, their husbands, children and grandchildren; as well as hundreds of dear friends and extended family members – all of whose lives were made brighter by Patti's warmth and love. A celebration of her remarkable life will be held at a later date. Many thanks go out to the physicians and nurses in the cardiac intensive care unit at Spring Hill Memorial Hospital and to all who have held Patti in their thoughts and prayers in recent weeks. Free now of all her suffering, she lives forever in our hearts.
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