In Memory

Patricia Sampson

Patricia Sampson

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10/11/10 03:25 PM #1    

Michael Adams


I was on the SHSU campus in the late 80's when I bumped into a mutual friend. He was in a hurry and so was I, but in our short conversation he said “You know Patty died”. Just like that, and then he was gone leaving me feeling shocked and sad.

I feel sad again today, seeing Patty's name and picture in the “In Memory” section. I don't know many of the details of her death, and I just as soon it remain a mystery.

I met Patty at one of those dances we used to have after the home football games. We had a good time that night and we developed a strong friendship that lasted through high school. Then we went our separate ways.

All kinds of memories flit through my brain. I see her in a blue dress, shoes kicked off, dancing in stockinged feet. I see her playing Bloody Mary in South Pacific. I see the watercolor I did of her in art class and then how it looked on the dresser in her bedroom. I remember being in a row boat with Patty and that mutual friend mentioned above. Just a few ghosts of the past.

Patty and I were both active in Tom Kinney's drama department, and we shared the stage in several productions. Those were fun times.

There is another memory I have. Patty said, more than once, that she wanted a large family –a houseful of red headed boys and she wanted them to be mean. That may sound a bit odd, and I don't know if she was actually serious or not. But what I do know is this – Patty, I'm sorry your dreams were cut short.



10/13/10 08:34 AM #2    

Pat Elliott

 Patty is unforgettable. She was such a life force, such a caring & passionate person. I remember driving with her & her mom to Alpine, TX, to check out the university (Sul Ross?). Mainly thanks to Patty we had such a "fun" time on what could have been a long, incredibly boring drive across TX. At the time that place was in the middle of nowhere (maybe it still is ?), & Patty decided it wouldn't work for her. Her memory is so vivid: She loved to talk, she loved to sing, she loved to be on the go, she loved people. She was a good soul.

05/29/17 09:44 AM #3    

Bill Marshall

Patty what can I say.  I first met Patty in Junior High in LJ.  I got to know here better in High School as I had a lot of classes with her.  She did have a very active sense of humor to say the least.  I remember in the play "South Pacific" that she played Mary.....great part for her as it kinda fit her to a T.  I too was saddened by her early passing.  RIP my friend. 

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