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Patrician Ann Bain

Sunday, January 23, 2022
Patrician Ann Bain

Patrician Ann Bain, age 81, went home to heaven in the early morning hours of Sunday, January 17, 2022, in Andrews, Texas. Friends called her Pat, while her grandchildren and great-grands knew her as Mammy.

Family and friends gathered to celebrate her life at 10:00 AM Saturday, January 22, 2022, at First Baptist Church in Andrews, Texas. She will be laid to rest at Barksdale Cemetery in Barksdale, Texas, on Monday, January 24, 2022, at 10:00 a.m.

Pat was born on March 23, 1940, in Leakey, Texas, and grew up in the nearby community known as Nueces Canyon. She met the love of her life, Richard Bain, Sr., when he asked her to the senior prom when she was fifteen. Pat was a competitive student, participated in sports, was head majorette and cheerleader, and valedictorian of her class. She and Richard remained sweethearts throughout her high school years and married in Marble Falls, Texas on September 26, 1959. After a few months of living in Pecos, Texas, they moved back to their hometown of Camp Wood, Texas. Both Joni and Richard, Jr., were born during their time there. Pat and their family were members of the First Baptist Church. Pat began pursuing her college degree at Sul Ross State University after they moved to Alpine, Texas. Pat maintained a 4.0 average and was actively involved in her children’s school, community, and church events. Richard’s quest for a Ph. D. in Education took them to Houston, where Pat learned to navigate in city traffic while driving their clunker car called “Old Bronchitis”. After a short stint in Austin, they returned to Alpine where Pat earned her bachelor’s then her master’s in education from Sul Ross in the mid-1970s. She accomplished this while working full-time, teaching Sunday School, and staying actively involved in her kids’ school activities, and yes, she graduated with honors. Her first teaching job was at Central Elementary in Alpine where she taught first grade. Her keen organizational skills earned her a promotion to Special Programs Director. After their children were grown and married, Pat and Richard moved to Monahans. While there, Pat served the Monahans ISD in various administrative roles including Special Education, Director of Special Programs, and principal at Cullender Elementary. The campus earned Blue Ribbon status awards during her tenure there. She was also a TEA evaluator and as a sought-after educational consultant. She and Richard were active members of First Baptist Monahans. Pat and Richard made the move to Andrews in the mid-90s. Pat was an insightful diagnostician for Andrews ISD whose wisdom and compassion was recognized by colleagues, students, and parents. Pat was also honored as a finalist for special programs educator of the year by the Association of Texas Professional Educators. It’s no surprise that Pat was also a Sunday School teacher, Personnel Committee member, and choir soprano at First Baptist Andrews. After retiring from public education, Pat and Richard moved to San Angelo, Texas where they immediately became active members of Southland Baptist then at Glen Meadows Baptist. Pat’s skills as a top-notch educator earned her a position as an adjunct professor at Angelo State University where she earned high ratings from her education students and her colleagues. Although education played an important role in Pat’s professional life, her greatest joy was her family. The first grandchild arrived in 1988, another in 1989, and soon there were five. Pat loved cooking for a houseful of family and was known for her Mammy Rolls, chocolate pies, Lazy-man cakes, fried chicken, and buttermilk cornbread. She could whip up a nine-course meal in record time and was always puttering around her immaculately clean house. Company was always welcome. And if you left hungry, it was through no fault of hers.

After losing her lifelong sweetheart, Pat moved back to Andrews. She loved the people here, her church family, and shopping at Porter’s. The only thing she cherished more than her own family was Jesus. Pat’s faith was strong and unshakable, and when she prayed, the devil trembled in fear. Her loved ones draw comfort knowing Pat closed her eyes on earth and opened them in heaven. Pat was preceded in death by husband Richard Bain, Sr., parents Lee and Ethel Ratliff, siblings Clifford, Sonny, Ray, Freddy, Faith, and Marie Ratliff, and sisters Clara Bonner, and Lois Bell.

She is survived by daughter Joni Bain Reese, son Richard Bain, Jr., son-in-law Kent Reese, daughter-in-law Pam Bain, grandchildren Joshua Bain, his wife Michele, Roseann Reese Webb and husband Greg, Lynsi Bain Murphy and husband Andrew, Kent Reese, Jr. and wife Kaleena Vaughn, and Caleb Bain. Her great-grandchildren are Josiah, Mayli, and Levi Bain, Sara Beth and Becca Murphy, and Charlotte Reese. She is also survived by many cousins, nieces, nephews, colleagues, countless students, friends, and loved ones whom she felt were family.

Her greatest joy would be in knowing she will see you someday in heaven. She knew God’s word, and she placed her faith above all else, even her family.