Patricia Lew Whisler, 83, passed away Monday, November 21, at Delmar Gardens of Lenexa, KS. She was born on January 25, 1933, in Lincoln KS, to Lewis B. and Fae E. Brockett. Pat attended Kansas State University for 2 years and then later finished her teaching degree at FHSU in Hays, KS. She fell in love with Francis C. Whisler and they began their life together on May 23, 1954. They resided in Russell all their married life. Pat taught school for many years and in several places. She taught in Natoma, country school Lincoln Elementary, and Simpson School in Russell. Pat was a caring and loving teacher, and throughout the years she had many wonderful stories about her students. She was so proud of each and every one. After retirement, Pat continued to substitute and work as a paraprofessional in the Russell district. It was her great joy.
Pat and Francis were members of the Trinity United Methodist Church, where she was a member of the UMW and was very active in the Women's circles. For years, Pat helped address and send birthday, get well, Christmas and other special greeting cards to church members. In years past, she played the piano for the children's choir, Sunday school, and for area nursing home church services. She volunteered often for many activities and was dedicated to helping others.
Pat's interests and hobbies included music, gardening, birds, flowers, dominoes and crossword puzzles. She enjoyed spending as much time as possible with her family, instilling the love of learning and generosity. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and neighbor.
She is survived by her son Michael Whisler, Russell, and her daughter Susan (Fred) Albers, Overland Park, KS; grandchildren Holly and Jordan Albers, Overland Park, KS, and Jessica (Brent) Cunningham, of Glen Elder, KS; great-grandchildren Drew, Tanna, and Bailee. She is also survived by her sister, Joleene (Leo) Lessor of Denmark, KS; sisters-in-law Barbara Nimz, Russell, and Carol Perrin, Tampa, FL and many cousins, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Francis, who died on August 2, 2012. She is so greatly loved and will be dearly missed by all.
Celebration of Patricia’s Life will be held at 10:30 AM, Friday, December 9, 2016 at the Trinity United Methodist Church of Russell. Burial of ashes will follow at the Russell City Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Thursday, December 8, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM at Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary of Russell with the family present to greet friends from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM. A Memorial has been established at the Trinity United Methodist Church. Contributions and condolences may be sent to Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary, who is in charge of these arrangements.