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Patricia O'Donnell

October 28, 1939 October 16, 2018
Patricia O'Donnell
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Patricia Ann Coker O’Donnell was born to her parents William Henry Coker, II and Winifred Sue (Stone) Coker. She was the second child born to this union. Patricia was a happy baby and child who loved to laugh and have fun. The second family home was on 26th and Gilpin Street which was where Patricia grew up until the family moved to the home her father had built on Gaylord Street in Denver. She attended Whittier Elementary, Cole Jr. High and Manual High Schools. In 1953, while a student at Cole Jr. High, she was named the third place Posture Queen at a Mother-Daughter Tea.
Patty loved to dance and was able to take dance lessons at the Whittier Recreation Center; which was an after school program. In 1952 before a record crowd, she performed a ballet dance in a Show Wagon at Curtis Park. The Show Wagon was a touring outdoor entertainment that traveled through Denver’s parks in the summers where neighborhood talents performed. Mrs. Ernestine Smith, a local resident was the stage director for the Show Wagon and the dance instructor at Whittier and other recreation centers.
During Patty’s high school years at Manual, she was active in F.T.A.; Spanish Club; Skating Club; Y-Teens; All-School-Show and the Concert Choir. She graduated from Manual in 1957 and was honored as an Owl Club Debutant that same year. After graduation, Patty continued to live at home with her parents and siblings, Winnie,(Wini), Billie, Bill and Paul and for a while held various jobs.
Patty was active in Sunday school and church at Shorter Community AME Church through her formative to adult years.
Mental Health problems always plagued Patty and in 1958 they became progressively worse where she was disoriented and started having hallucinations along with hearing voices. Her parents began seeking medical help to address and manage her illness up until their deaths. Patty’s journey in mental health facilities began in the late 70’s early 80’s at Denver General Hospital then she was treated at CU Medical Center and Ft. Logan. In 1981, she was admitted to Beverly Manor which later became Cottonwood Care Center in Brighton, CO. She remained a resident there until her death.

She was able to come home on some weekends as well as Thanksgiving and Christmas. Patty really enjoyed going to a Behavioral Health Care facility called “Rainbow House” where she participated in various activities about three times a week. She would also speak of ladies from local churches that would come to Cottonwood to pray with and for the residents.
She didn’t live the life that we would have wanted for her, but she lived a life that brought happiness, sunshine and love to her second home at Cottonwood Care Center. Despite her mental health challenges, Patty was a delight and still had a since of humor along with lots of laughter. She complained when she didn’t get her way when it came to something she wanted to do; as well as when the voices in her head took over. The one thing about Patty is, she never complained about pain. She loved shopping for purses, junk food from the Dollar Tree”, hats and whatever else she wanted at that particular time. Patty was strong willed and could figure out a way to get what she wanted from you. Her memory of family and friends never left and she always remembered phone numbers and her address in Denver and Brighton. Whenever she called on the phone, she gave her full name and address of the Care Center in Brighton. When she wanted to go home, she was referring to her parent’s home in Denver.
The enemy has taken away health from her, but the Lord will restore her wholeness to the life he desires.
“Investigate my life, O God, find out everything about me; Cross-examine and test me, get a clear picture of what I am about; See for yourself whether I’ve done anything wrong --- then guide me on the road to eternal life.” Psalm 139: 23-24 the Message Bible.

She is survived by her Aunt Nola Jean May of Denver, CO; sisters, Winifred S. (Wini) Johnson of Denver, CO; Billie Jean, (Harry) McCalla of Dallas, TX; brothers, William H. Coker, III of Las Vegas, NV; Paul Timothy Coker of Denver, CO; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Patty was preceded in death by her loving parents: William H. Coker, II and Winifred S. Coker and sister in law Dorothy Mae Owens Coker and nieces, Robin Roston, Natalie Tate and Lorina D. Coker.

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4:00 PM 11/1/2018 4:00:00 PM - 9:00 PM 11/1/2018 9:00:00 PM
Caldwell-Kirk Funeral & Cremation Services

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Denver, CO 80205

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Shorter Community AME Church

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Denver, CO 80205

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Highland Cemetery Final Resting Place

300 East 104th Avenue
Thornton, CO 80229

300 East 104th Avenue Thornton 80229 CO
United States

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