ForeverMissed
Evelyn Patsy Shumake passed away in her Statesville home on April 6, 2021 after a valiant battle with cancer. Patsy was known to many as “Mommom”, “Pat”, and “Aunt Pat”. 


Patsy was born on November 27, 1950 to the late Edith Whitt Viars and Dewey Lee Viars in Ikes Fork, West Virginia. Patsy’s family was a cornerstone of her life. She was a loving mother to her surviving daughter, Angela Sizemore, and a beloved grandmother to her two grandsons, Caleb Hamilton and Paeton Nutting. She was welcomed to heaven by her departed siblings, Dennis “D.C.” Viars and Carrol Callebs. She was a caring sister to the surviving Denver Viars, Gaynell Rochester, Renita Lackey, Jeanie Viars, Richard Viars, and Ella Meador. Her life is also celebrated by her many dear surviving nieces, nephews, and friends. 


Patsy led a very successful professional and philanthropic life as well. As she navigated the male-dominated business world, she broke many glass ceilings for women in her field. Patsy was known for her leadership and determination in all aspects of her life. She served as a President of the West Iredell Lion’s Club where she led countless projects to benefit the visually impaired in her local community. 


Patsy requested that family and friends celebrate her life without a service. To honor this, the family has created a website for Patsy’s family and friends to share their memories together: pshumake.forevermissed.com.
Posted by Rich Gustin on April 18, 2021
Patsy was a wonderful lady, always making plans to help others. It was an honor to work with her in the West Iredell Lions Club. 
"Well done, good and faithful servant." Matt. 25:21.

From George and June Caudle
Posted by Marsha Scott on April 9, 2021
Patsy and I joined the West Iredell Lions Club at the same time. We did a lot of traveling to different Lion's Conventions. We met so many new fellow Lions, because of her outgoing personality. As our club President, she was so motivational and was instrumental in establishing the Visually Enhanced Media Center at the Iredell County Public Library. She's been an awesome friend. I will miss her.
Posted by Rich Gustin on April 9, 2021
Patsy was a lovely person that loved the Lord. She always had a positive attitude. She was polite, caring, respectful, honest, smart, giving, loving, and the list of positive attributes goes on. Patsy and I were in the West Iredell Lions Club together and shared in the battle against cancer. She was awesome and is now in the awesome presence of the Lord. She was loved and will be greatly missed.
Posted by Randy Campbell on April 9, 2021
Worked with Patsy for years. Beautiful person with a beautiful smile. Heaven has gained another angel. May the Lord take you in his arms and comfort you.
Posted by Gail Ervin on April 9, 2021
My husband & I met Patsy through the West Iredell Lions Club. She was the sweetest, most caring person in the world. Prayers to the family during, through and after this difficult time. Love in Christ Gail & Jeff "the Clown" Ervin
Posted by Tony Stafford on April 9, 2021
Patsy was an outstanding co-worker and colleague. Positive, resilient, totally competent and professional; you could not ask for more. She made an impact in so many ways. My condolences to her family.
Posted by Linda Schade on April 8, 2021
Patsy was a long time friend. She will be missed. My sympathy to all of her family.
Posted by Renita Lackey on April 8, 2021
I will miss our sister more than words can say. I know you're pain free and celebrating your new life. Patsy was an incredible person and loved everyone she met. I Love you my very special sister!

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Posted by Rich Gustin on April 18, 2021
Patsy was a wonderful lady, always making plans to help others. It was an honor to work with her in the West Iredell Lions Club. 
"Well done, good and faithful servant." Matt. 25:21.

From George and June Caudle
Posted by Marsha Scott on April 9, 2021
Patsy and I joined the West Iredell Lions Club at the same time. We did a lot of traveling to different Lion's Conventions. We met so many new fellow Lions, because of her outgoing personality. As our club President, she was so motivational and was instrumental in establishing the Visually Enhanced Media Center at the Iredell County Public Library. She's been an awesome friend. I will miss her.
Posted by Rich Gustin on April 9, 2021
Patsy was a lovely person that loved the Lord. She always had a positive attitude. She was polite, caring, respectful, honest, smart, giving, loving, and the list of positive attributes goes on. Patsy and I were in the West Iredell Lions Club together and shared in the battle against cancer. She was awesome and is now in the awesome presence of the Lord. She was loved and will be greatly missed.
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Community Involvement

As she grew wiser, Patsy was driven by her philanthropic efforts to help her community. She was active in many organizations, including the most notable, West Iredell Lion’s Club, where she served as President. Patsy streamlined many events that were directed toward benefitting the visually impaired. She was the driving force behind the Iredell County Public Library’s Visually Enhanced Media Center, which provided resources and accessibility to the visually impaired of Iredell County and its surrounding areas.

Family Gatherings

There was nothing Patsy loved more than gathering with her family over the holidays. She always took cooking very seriously and would ensure everyone had enough to eat- even a few plates to take home! Patsy was known for her potato salad, ooey gooey cake, and butter mints. She was inspired by holiday cheer and often watched Christmas movies year round. 

Work

Patsy influenced many lives. As she navigated the male-dominated business world, she broke many glass ceilings for women in her field. Patsy was known for her leadership and determination as she rose to mid-level manager positions within the purchasing industry. She led teams into many high profile deals and negotiations, highlighting her strength and dedication. Patsy never took no for an answer when setting out to achieve her goals. 
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Shared by Gail Warren on April 8, 2021
I worked with Patsy at Hunt Bienfang/Elmer's. I remember her from when I was a little girl. I'd go visit my Papa at the shirt mill and would see her. She was always smiling. Always there to give advice. She voluntarily jumped in and helped make my wedding reception amazing with the wonderful foods that she she brought. I loved her dearly and will miss her.