- 77 years old
- Date of birth: Oct 20, 1935
- Place of birth:
Abbiville, Louisiana, United States
- Date of passing: Nov 8, 2012
- Place of passing:
Hereford, Arizona, United States
|Let the memory of our dear Patricia be with us forever|
This memorial page was created in the memory of our beloved, Patricia Anne Bays, 77, who passed peacefully into God’s loving arms on Thursday, November 8, 2012 at her mountain home in Ramsey Canyon surrounded by her family.
She was born in Abbeville, LA to Agnes "Grace" Gross and Dan Roberts on October 20th, 1935.
Patricia lived in Houston, TX during her early years, then relocated to Bisbee, Arizona with her mother Grace and younger brother, Dan Roberts, Jr in 1946 when her mother married Dewey Hogan, a Bisbee native. Patricia attended Incarnate Word Boarding School, Incarnate Word High School in Houston, Texas and later graduated in May 1953 from Bisbee High School where she met her beloved George. Upon graduation, she married her high school sweetheart, George N. Bays on June 21st, 1953 and lived the rest of her life with him at her side.
In 1994, Patricia encouraged her son Randy to “hang out his shield” and try a private law practice in Sierra Vista. Upon that suggestion, Patricia and Randy began looking for office space, furniture and equipment and started Bays Law. Patricia was Randy’s legal assistant, office manager and bookkeeper and continued to be an integral part of Bays Law until a few months before her death. Patricia was well respected by judges, lawyers and many, many friends of her community.
In March 2011, while working at Bays Law in Sierra Vista she was diagnosed with lung cancer. This was a shock to everybody because she had not smoked a cigarette in her life. Around the same time, Kristen Calhoun, another employee at Bays Law was diagnosed with colon cancer. Kristen was only 28 years only and had two very young children. The two worked together in exchanging information and motivation to fight their respective cancers while working next to each other at Bays Law. On July 3, 2012, Patricia was rushed to the hospital in Tucson because she was having significant difficulty breathing. While in the hospital, Patricia asked about Kristen and learned that on July 4, 2012, the young 29 year old mother of two lost her battle with cancer. To make matters worse, Patricia was informed that there was nothing further the doctors could do for her and estimated that she would live only a few more days. On July 17, 2012, Patricia was discharged from a Tucson hospital and returned to her beloved home in the trees of Ramsey Canyon. Despite being at home, Patricia refused to give up her battle with cancer or her support for her husband or children. Between July and late August, she was driving around town with her husband in tote, working at Bays Law and visiting with her children.
Patricia was a cherished and devoted wife, mother and grandmother who later in life went by the name “Nana” with her family. Although she enjoyed travel, sewing, knitting and occasionally listening to her favorite Neil Diamond songs, she had but one passion and that was her family.
On November 8, 2012, Patricia succumbed to lung cancer in her home in Ramsey Canyon. Shortly before her death, she summoned her husband of 60 years, grabbed his hand and said, “I love you. I am ready to go.” She was surrounded by her children, grandchildren and friends just before her death.
She was preceded in death by her younger brother, Dan Roberts, Jr and she is survived by her husband of 59 years, George, Daughter Terry (husband Timothy), Son's Patrick (Kelli Bixby), Paul Randall (wife Gina), Michael (wife Kaci) and David Sean (wife Julie). She also left behind nine grandchildren, Brandon, Morgan, Chad, Dustin, Brooke, Austin, Parker, Cameron and Jackson, and one great grandchild Rowan. Patricia is also survived by Wanda Balbuena, who has been our family nanny for nearly 30 years and who was Patricia’s daily caregiver and guardian angel during the last months of her life.
A time of visitation will be held from 5 to 7 PM, Monday November 19, 2012 at Hatfield Funeral, the Rosary will be recited at 6 PM. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 AM Tuesday, November 20th, 2012 at Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church, 1425 E. Yaqui Street, Sierra Vista, Arizona. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Bisbee, AZ.
In lieu of flowers, please leave a tribute to Patricia at www.forevermissed.com/patriciabays.
Our beloved Nana will be deeply missed.
"Happy birthday Aunt Pat... every year at this time I remember when Bob and I would visit you around your birthday and go to Tombstone for 'Helldorado', watch the funny Ok Coral antics, visit Big Nose Kate's Saloon and have a beer together.. what great memories! Doesn't seem like the almost 3 years since you moved on.. seems like it was just yesterday we sat out on your lovely screened porch enjoying your company. You have always been such a warm beacon in this family!
Love you always, your niece, Romani xoxo"
"Aunt Pat, was a shining light, and lived life to the fullest! I remember her taking care of my Mom Betty Bays, in her home when she was very sick. My husband Fred, was in the Army our 3 children & I flew home from Germany! Uncle George & her wouldn't hear of us getting a hotel & freely opened their home to us! She & I had long talks together. Somehow the world is a little less bright! Love"
"I'm so very sorry to hear about Aunt Pat's passing. I'll always remember her warm hospitality... at Thanksgiving and otherwise. Thank you for sharing these wonderful pictures. Deepest condolences to Uncle George and the whole family.
"My thoughts and prayers go out to the Bays family. I am so sad to hear the news that Patricia has passed. Patricia found me on ancestry.com and we had communicated via email several times. She sent me a picture of my Grandmother, and gave me a bit of family history that I had never known. Although I didn't know Patricia very well, I could tell that she was an extraordinary person."
"I sublet an office at the Bays Law firm for about 6 months over 12 years ago, and Patricia was the heart and soul of that firm. My heart goes out to everyone in Sierra Vista who knew her and loved her."
"Nana's presence in my life was too brief. I came to know her through my dear Morgan and grandson Rowan Bays Grossman who is her great-grandson. Whenever she traveled to Bainbridge Island I was able to visit with her and come to know why she is so beloved by so many. I am grateful that the arc of her life touched mine and will continue to live in and through her family members."
"Our dear Aunt Pat....who's always been such a wonderful part of our family. There's no way you can be replaced and we will never forget you. Don't forget to say hello to our mother and grandmother, Alice Bays and all those who are waiting for you in heaven..."
"Barb, myself and many of us grew up under Aunt Patricias' tutelage. She was a patient wise and gentle woman,especially with children.i never ever heard her swear.She became one of the essential elements that glued this family together. She fought the good fight and she kept her faith to the end. We will miss her dearly. Alice and Barb"
"We saw the obituary in the paper today. When Connie worked for attorneys in Sierra Vista she often had dealings with Patricia at Bays Law. We are sorry to hear of the family's loss and our prayers and thoughts are with you."
"Knowing and working with Patricia was such a joy. She had such a good heart. She was a beautiful lady inside and out. I learned something new from her on a daily basis. I loved her very much. I miss her so much."
"My heart goes out to family and friends. You are in my thoughts and prayers."
"I'm stunned, I don't know what to say. I've never been very good at handling these things. While I'm so sorry to learn of her passing, but somehow gladdened in my heart that Romani, Bob and I made it out to see Aunt Pat and Uncle George and the rest of the bays family in September. I wish I could be there to hug you all.
"George, Randy, Patrick, Terry, Sean, Michael, and the rest of the family. I know you will deeply miss your mother and friend. I am truly sorry for your loss! Patricia was the best! I loved her so much, and my heart is truly sad today. Patricia and I shared moments I will never forget! I wish I was there to give hugs to all of you, but please know my hugs & prayers are coming your way!"
"We are shocked & greatly saddened on the passing of Patricia. She was always so helpful and friendly. We appreciate all that she has done for us. She will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are extended to the family."
"George and family, Mom and I send to you our deepest condolences. Pat was a dear friend of my moms over the years. George and Pat were a very special couple for my parents. May God Bless Pat and welcome her into the Gates of Heaven. May Our God provide peace and tranquility to each of the family members."
""You are in our thoughts and prayers. Aunt Pat will forever live in our hearts and memories: the times shared, over birthdays, Easter and Christmas. I will always cherish the last moments we shared together over lunch talking about our children and grandchildren. She never complained, was always strong and positive...an inspiration to us all. God bless you all.. Love you Peru Family"
"What a beautiful person! Although I haven't seen Aunt Pat in awhile, my heart aches for myself and the family. Aunt Pat was rare when it comes to wisdom, expression of kindness and love. As a young woman I looked up to her and she influenced my life. I will miss her and feel a little lonely in this world without her. I love you. Ms. Dee Dee A. Briones - STL"
"I remember how warm and welcoming she always was during high school when we would invariably end up out in the canyon to hang out at the Bays' place. And I remember how happy she was when the addition was built way back in the 80s. For some reason, one of my fondest memories was laying a brick sidewalk out back with Dave by the garden bench for miss Pat. Prayers for you all."
"I am so sorry to hear this. In the short time that I knew Patricia I really grew to love her. My heart goes out to her family and I wish I could give them all a hug."
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