Patricia Irene Tetrick, age 74 of Forest City died Saturday, June 17, 2017 at Hospice House of Forest City. Pat was born April 9, 1943 in Fairmont, West Virginia and was a daughter of the late Ernest M. Miller and Valeria Morgan Miller. She was a graduate of West Virginia University and worked as a Claims Representative for the Social Security Administration for more than thirty years where she retired. A devout Catholic, she was a member of Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Forest City. She was also preceded in death by her step-mother, Phyllis Adair Miller.
Pat was many things to many people. She was a beauty queen, licensed pilot, singer, mentor, and a volunteer with the Rutherford County Board of Elections. She was a supporter and former President of the Rutherford County Humane Society and also one of the original volunteers with the Rutherford County Animal Protection Alliance, later known as the Community Pet Center where she participated on the Board of Directors. Most of all, Pat will be remembered for her extraordinary love of animals, the neglected, sweet, shy, small and large. Pat loved them all and worked tirelessly to protect them.
Pat is survived by a host of friends including Faye Thompson, Jill Bradshaw, and Lynn Faltraco as well as former co-workers and members of her church family.
There will be a Mass of Christian Burial at ten o'clock Thursday morning in the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church with Father Herbert Burke and Deacon Andy Cilone serving as celebrants. Interment will follow at Eternal Hills Memorial Park. The Rosary will be recited at six o'clock on Wednesday evening at The Padgett and King Mortuary with visitation to follow.
Memorials may be made to the Community Pet Center, Post Office Box 623, Rutherfordton, North Carolina 28139 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Padgett and King Mortuary & Crematory is in charge of arrangements and an online guest registry is available at www.padgettking.com
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I worked with Pat at Willow Ridge and I loved her passion for animals. We lost a beautiful spirit and her memory will continue among all of us at Willow Ridge. Sleep well my friend and God bless you.
Submitted by Laura K Langwell on Jun 24 2017 04:31:57 PM
I am absolutely sure that you are now at the Rainbow Bridge reuniting with those you loved so passionately and lost. You shall be missed.
Submitted by Myra Crabtree on Jun 20 2017 11:12:12 AM
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Pat Whatley lit a candle on Jun 20 2017 10:40:19 AM
Many wonderful memories of Pat as we worked together for years at SSA. Her love for dogs was HUGE but she loved ALL animals. Once she looked tirelessly for a humane mouse trap that would NOT kill the mice. . . she only wanted to catch them and then let them go in the field near her home!! LOL! I also remember the time she delayed getting a cast for a broken foot because she wouldn't have money for dog food if she got it immediately . . . REFUSED to let anyone loan her the money. . . just waited until the next payday! THAT was Pat, her animals came before herself! She was special and she WILL be missed!
Submitted by Pat Whatley on Jun 20 2017 10:39:55 AM
Rest in Peace Pat you had a soft and caring heart! Your compassion will be missed!
Submitted by Jason Burrow on Jun 20 2017 09:05:36 AM
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Jason Burrows lit a candle on Jun 20 2017 09:04:47 AM
Blessings and Godspeed to Pat who worked tirelessly to comfort so many of the unfortunate creatures who crossed her path and with whom she spent her life.
Submitted by Jo-Ann Close on Jun 20 2017 07:04:51 AM
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Jo-Ann Close lit a candle on Jun 20 2017 07:00:12 AM
Rest in peace. All the animals you helped thank you for your kindness.
Submitted by Stefanie on Jun 19 2017 09:51:21 PM
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