Obituary of Patricia Ann Ingram Huskey
With great sorrow we announce that on May 17th, 2023, Patricia Ann Huskey, 81, of Bedford, VA, beloved wife, mother, Gramma, sister, and friend passed away peacefully at home with her beloved husband Kenneth after a strong, and brave battle with ALS.
Patricia was blessed with gentle humanity that seemed to flow in abundance, impacting anyone in her presence.
Patricia Ann Huskey was the most amazing mother, grandmother, sister, and friend who brought only love and light into our lives. Devoting her entire life to taking care of others and spreading love. She was the strongest woman you ever met.
Early in life, Patricia met her soulmate, Ken, celebrating 64 years of marriage on May 23. Their love story was epic.
"I was at my friend Rose’s apartment (a friend from school); we were going out on the sidewalk when a car pulled up. I kept on walking; Rose yelled for me to come back. She wanted to introduce me to her boyfriend’s friend, his name was Kenny. She said that when I had kept walking, he had asked who I was. She introduced me. Kenny told Lowell “I’m going to marry that girl”. I was in the 11th grade."
Ken knew the moment he met her he was going to marry her, and Pat knew that Ken would always take care of her:
"I was at Rose’s apartment, when Lowell and Kenny came in. Kenny and I were talking, and he told me his brother lived 2 doors down and asked if I wanted to meet him. I said ok, we walked down and Kenny introduced me to Al. Al had guys there jamming. Al had a pot of pinto beans on, Kenny was hungry, so we went into the kitchen to get a bowl. In a few minutes I heard a commotion. It was my mom! Yelling my name! I walked to the living room and my dad was there too. Mom was yelling at me to go out the door and get home!!! Kenny started out too, she yelled at him to STOP and STAY. Me, mom and dad headed to the bus stop. Kenny was right behind us. She yelled again. Bus came, mom pushed me on, Dad followed Mom. Kenny right behind Dad. He sat behind me all the way to our stop. He followed us to our apartment with Mom yelling at him. She slammed the door in his face. He came the next day, knocked and when Mom went to the door he told her he needed to talk to me. She had him stand at the door. He asked me if I was alright. He just wanted to make sure I was okay. Mom let him in and we sat at the table and talked.
Mom had called Rose’s apartment and asked for me, Rose told I had went to Kenny’s apartment. She was so mad.
Also I didn’t tell you….my dad had his 22 rifle in his coat!!"
A poem she wrote about her relationship with her husband, they were two people who needed to be together
I want to tell you
how I feel about you
and the way you feel about me
the way you always want me with you
every little thing you do
it’s something I wouldn’t trade
Your need for me
the way you want me to be with you
in everything you do.
Gramma and Popa had 6 children whom they adored. Gramma said she always had “one potty training, one on my hip and one on the way”. She unselfishly and unconditionally loved her children and supported them all.
She was the epitome of love and everything that was good in the world. She loved taking care of others and that showed not only in her family but in her nursing career. Pat was a kind and thoughtful soul and will be missed and remembered by the many lives she touched. She was beloved by everyone who ever met her. Between the many patients she cared for, fellow nurses and doctors she worked with Patricia was a well-respected and cherished colleague. She was adored by her patients for the nurturing and loving care she provided.
Patricia was talented in so many aspects of life. She was a writer of many beautiful pieces of poetry. She was an amazing singer and dancer, known to give the life advice of “dance it out”. For Pat and Ken music was a significant, passionate, and meaningful part of their life. We will all carry our memories of her dancing and singing. Her children and grandchildren were the pride and joy of her life. She was incredibly creative, and her home is decorated with her many gorgeous crafts that she handmade to show her love in physical form all through the house. Decorating her house for every single holiday was always the most beautiful display of that love.
Having 39 grandchildren and great grandchildren that she loved and cherished, being our Gramma was her favorite role. The most influential person in our lives, as she was who we aspired to be because we can only hope to be as fortunate to know how to truly love others so deeply and unconditionally the way she has shown us our entire lives.
When tomorrow starts without me
And I’m not here to see
If the sun should rise and find your eyes
All filled with tears for me
I wish you wouldn’t cry
The Way you did today
While thinking of the many things
We did not get to say
I know how much you love me
As much as I love you
Each time that you think of me
I know you will miss me too
When tomorrow starts without me
Please try to understand
That an angel came and called my name
And took me by the hand
The angel said my place was ready
In heaven far above
And That I would have to leave behind
All those I Dearly Love
But When I walked through Heaven’s Gates
I felt so much at home
When GOD looked down and smiled at me
From his golden throne
He said This Is Eternity
And All I promised you
Today for life on earth is done
But Here it starts a new
I promise no tomorrow
For today will always last
And Since each day’s the exact same way
There is no longing for the past
So When Tomorrow starts without me
Do not think we’re apart
For every time you think of me
Remember I’m right here in your heart
Now that our sweet angel is gone, a hole is left in our hearts and in our souls but are all so very blessed to have been able to spend our lives with her and fortunate to have been loved so unconditionally and so fully by such a beautiful, selfless, and kind soul. We can shed tears because she is gone but we will smile because we were so very blessed. We will cherish her memory, love each other and take comfort that she will live on through us. Her love is unconditional and never-ending.
Arrangements are being handled by Updike Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Bedford.
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