Marilyn Jo Patrick, June 12, 1938~September 13, 2017

Patrick, MarilynMarilyn Jo Patrick, 79, was born on June 12, 1938 to Mark Allen and Reba Johnson Patrick in Flippin, Arkansas and passed away on September 13, 2017.

She was of the Baptist faith.

Her family moved to Elkins in 1950 when the oldest of her siblings was ready to start college.  Marilyn graduated from Elkins High School and the U of A with a Bachelor’s of Science in Math Education.  She began her teaching career in Missouri.  Marilyn obtained her Master’s degree in math from the University of New Mexico.  After 2 years teaching in Montana she joined the Department of Defense Dependents Schools and taught in Japan 3 years, Labrador 1 year and Germany for 27 years until her retirement in 1996.  She then returned to Elkins where she served on the Elkins Library Board for several years helping to get the new library built.  Marilyn traveled extensively and has retired friends from all over the U.S.

Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Kerry, Jerry and John Patrick; and three great-nephews, Drew McGill, Patrick Faubus and Grant Bell.

She is survived by two sisters, Martha Faires and Jacque Faubus and her husband, Jim, all of Elkins; sister-in-law, Linda Patrick Krieger of Denison, TX.; two nephews, Gary Faubus of Thornton, CO. and Mark Patrick of Winfield,  KS; six nieces, Leisa McGill of Elkins, Monique Harriman of Japton, Saundra Evans of West Fork, Holly Perry of Harrison, Karen Wittrock of Winfield,  KS. and Jessica Patrick of Fayetteville; 16 great-nieces and nephews; 5 great-great nieces and nephews; and many cousins and friends.

Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M. Monday, September 18, 2017 at Beard’s Chapel with Jeremy Evans officiating.  Interment will follow in McCord Cemetery under the direction of Beard’s Chapel.

The family will receive friends from 2-4 P.M. Sunday, September 17, 2017 at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Elkins Public Library, 352 North Center Street, Elkins, AR. 72727.

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    Amber Taylor » 14. Sep, 2017

    I’m sorry for your loss. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

    Nancy and Trey Holland » 14. Sep, 2017

    I’m so sorry for all of y’all’s loss. Marilyn was such a wonderful person. I remember my awe the first time I saw her complete a NY Times crossword puzzle in hardly any time at all. She had so much knowledge stored from her travels all over the world. She will be missed.

    Weda and Jim Bailey » 14. Sep, 2017

    So sorry, it’s just hard for us to believe. We thought so much of her. Wish we could be there, we send our love and prayers.

    Kristi Hassell » 14. Sep, 2017

    I am so sorry to hear. She was such a wonderful person. You all are in my thoughts.

    Pat & Sammye Foster » 14. Sep, 2017

    You are in our thoughts & prayers.

    Ginny Kobe » 14. Sep, 2017

    Aunt Marilyn was a dandy! I always enjoyed visiting with her when she volunteered at the school. She was always encouraging and kind. You are in my prayers.

    Name » 14. Sep, 2017

    Dear Marilyn’s family, I taught for many years with Marilyn at Kaiserslautern High School. Gosh, but she was a wonderful math teacher. Her students really came away from her classes with a first rate math education. She taught the old fashion way with a chalk board and a piece of chalk!
    She was a terrific colleague and friend. She once shared with me a photograph with all the family children back home. The children were all wearing outfits that she had sent during the year. The photo absolutely delighted her. It was charming and I loved the smiling kids. She also gave me a pair of pants that I still wear during cold weather. She sent me a box of German coffee which she knew I loved, when I retired back to the states. There was nothing false or pretend about Marilyn, She was kind and good. We had many good times laughing and talking about being farm kids. Her story about the turkeys and lighting and thunder was the best!!! She and I had the same ideas about love and families. I know that she will be missed. I am so sorry for this sad news. Dian Willhoite Rooks

    Juanita J. McCracken » 14. Sep, 2017

    My sympathies in your loss. I want to say losses. Your brothers are gone ,too. I lost touch for many years. I enjoyed visiting in you and your parents home many times but only once in Elkins. You have a large remaining family that will remember Mariyn’s service to international education serving the .military and be inspired by her adventurous spirit and Superior Intellect.

    Al Rivellino » 15. Sep, 2017

    It is with deep sorrow that we hear of Marilyn’s death. We spent all of her 27 years in Kaiserslautern American High School together as faculty members. She was not only an inspiration to her students but to her colleagues as well. Marilyn was a staunch advocate of both student & teacher rights & worked hard on behalf of both. She enjoyed travelling & experiencing anything new & exciting & shared her adventures with all who were interested. She lived life to the full! She will be sorely missed by all who crossed her path. Requiescat in Pace!

    Dottie Behm » 15. Sep, 2017

    My sincere condolences for your loss. Marilyn was a gracious friend to me and she never had a negative word to say about anyone. She loved her family and shared delightful stories of her life with relatives in Arkansas. Her passing leaves a huge vacuum in our Kaiserslautern family as I am sure it does in the lives of all who knew her. May God be with you at this sad time.

    Monica Wiser » 15. Sep, 2017

    Mrs. Patrick was my pre-calculus and calculus teacher in Kaiserslautern American H.S., Germany 1987-1989. She was the best math teacher I ever had and I believe her tough, but fair standards prepared us well for college. I will never forget her and her influence on me and many other fortunate K-town students. My condolences to her friends and family.

    Lillian Carmel Fine » 15. Sep, 2017

    It is with great sadness that I received this news. Marilyn was my neighbor, my teaching colleague, and my friend. We worked together at Kaiserslautern High School. She also taught our two children…Kirstin Fine Davies and Chad Fine. She was there for us when we lost our third child, Megan Fine, who also attended Kaiserslautern schools. I am so sorry for this loss to your family and for all of us for the loss of a wonderful friend.

    Drew Vanover » 15. Sep, 2017

    Mrs. Patrick was my math teacher in Kaiserslautern American H.S., Germany 1986-1989. She was the best math teacher I ever had. Her unique way of challenging her students prepared left an impression and I still quote her to my child when learning math. I will never forget her and her influence on me and other K-town students. My condolences to her friends and family.

    John Hunt » 15. Sep, 2017

    I’m really sorry for your loss. I’ve known Ms. Patrick as a family friend and high school teacher virtually my entire life.

    Once while suspended in high school she delayed a mid-term exam so I could pass her class.

    My prayers are with you.

    Daren Bryant » 15. Sep, 2017

    RIP Ms. Patrick, you were a great trigonometry and calculus teacher at K-Town.

    Roger Helman » 15. Sep, 2017

    Ms, Patrick was one of my favorite teachers at Kaiserslautern American HS and I feel her influence on me is felt to this day. Her Calculus class was one of foundations of my career in computer graphics.

    My sincere condolences to your Family and to your friends
    Roger Helman

    Sherrel Knighton » 16. Sep, 2017

    I am saddened to hear about Ms. Patrick’s passing. She was my trigonometry, analytical geometry, and calculus teacher in high school in Kaiserslautern, Germany. She was my favorite teacher. Her family and friends have my deepest sympathies.


    Ann Jones Skipper » 17. Sep, 2017

    I’m so sorry to hear of Marilyn’s passing! She was three years older than I, but I remember her as a kind, fun teanager! Jacque and I were classmates. They knew me as Ann Jones. Many good memories of the family in Elkins! My sincere condolences go to the family. May God give you a peace and comfort in the weeks to come! God bless you all!
    Ann Jones Skipper

    Karin » 17. Sep, 2017

    I’m so sorry to hear about Ms. Patrick. I had Ms. Patrick for math 45 years ago in Germany. She was a wonderful teacher!

    Becky & Joe Doucette » 17. Sep, 2017

    Our Deepest Sympathies for the loss of your Dear Marilyn. Know that we are thinking of you all, & love you.

    Joe Becky Doucette » 17. Sep, 2017

    Our Heartfelt Sympathies ! Saddened to hear of the loss of your Dear Marilyn.
    Know that you are in our Thoughts and Prayers. Much love

    Toni Hess » 17. Sep, 2017

    Ms Patrick was amazing both as a teacher and as a lady. I am grateful for all she taught me. I hope the link below works so you all can see comments from other grateful students.


    Kathryn Cross » 17. Sep, 2017

    I am another of Marilyn’s colleagues from Kaiserslautern High School. Indeed, my time at KHS would not have been possible if it had not been for Marilyn’s generosity in agreeing to be one of my supervising teachers when I did my student teaching in 1986-87. Thirty years later, I still remember my son, who was a student of Marilyn’s at the time saying, “Mom, you should see if you can do your student teaching with Ms. Patrick. You could learn something from her!” And he was absolutely correct – over my next 10 years as a teacher, much of what I got right I had learned from Marilyn. As others have said, she was a wonderful person and someone we all enjoyed and benefited from working with. My thoughts and prayers are with Marilyn and with all of her family and friends who will be poorer for having lost her.

    Pat O'Brien » 24. Sep, 2017

    She was an amazing teacher! Known class of 80! Praying for her family.

    Jan » 08. Oct, 2017

    I’m so grateful for Ms. Patrick’s teaching when we lived in Germany. She was one of my brother’s favorite teachers. I loved how interesting and comprehensible she could make the most complicated things seem. I’m grateful for the sacrifices she made in teaching us all, her efforts have influenced the lives of generations.