Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Funeral Home and Memorial Park

6300 West William Cannon Drive, Austin, TX


Patsy Benson Wade

February 17, 1940March 22, 2020

Patsy B. Wade, P.H.A., 80, of Austin, TX, passed away at home on March 22, 2020, after a long battle with COPD. She is predeceased by her parents, Tom and Lucille (Daily) Benson, of Uvalde, TX and husband, Jack Wade. She is survived by many friends and loved ones including Judi Hartell, Claire Johnson, Lee Martin and Ingrid and Jack Burton of Austin TX; Sandra Stemmler of St. Louis, MO and Maria and Terri Kelley of Cameron, TX.

Patsy, better known as PW to her friends, grew up in Uvalde, TX. She often talked about her wonderful childhood and her early love of dogs. Her first dog was a Boxer named Dolly who was her constant companion. In 1978 she attended her first dog show. Shortly after, she entered her mother’s Cairn Terrier puppy in her first conformation dog show and it was the beginning of a life-long love affair with showing dogs. PW’s career as a professional dog handler spanned over 50 years. PW was a talented handler and groomer, guiding numerous Cairn Terriers, Norwich Terriers, Norfolk Terriers, Miniature Schnauzers and Scottish Terriers to top awards. She was passionate about dogs and treated each of her charges with the greatest care and love.

Donations in Patsy's memory may be made to: Take The Lead P.O. Box 6353 Watertown, NY 13601 WWW.TAKETHELEAD.ORG

or to a charity of your choice.

A celebration of her life will be held at a later date.


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Jennifer Hale

March 28, 2020

My first dog show by myself (without Betty Marcum) in Tyler, TX. The set up area was packed with no where for me and my little Cairn to go. The ONLY people who were nice to me were Judi and Patsy! They made room for me in their already crowded area and a friend for life! They showed many of my Cairns - Ch Highland Texas Star and Ch Cairmar Highland Dream are just two that come to mind. They were generous handling and grooming teachers and have the best stories from times of previous show adventures that will have you in tears of laughter over dinner. Hard work and fun was always to be had with Judy and Patsy. Patsy's loss is heartbreaking for many.

Joe Wake

March 27, 2020

PW and Judi what a team. Judi I'm so sorry for your loss. PW was such a bright light when showing my Norwich several years ago. They finished her in record time and specialed her for several months. The care of the dogs PW took was amazing. Her knowledge was incredible. You will be missed in the world of dogs.

Bruce Bullard

March 27, 2020

My heart breaks for Judy. PW taught me how to properly roll a Cairn Terrier coat. She had a wicked sense of humor to be exceeded only by her encouragement of people new to Terriers. We have lost one of the great ones in the dog world. May she rest in eternal peace.-- Bruce Bullard My husband of 31 years, Mark Kuykendall was waiting for her on High.

Jodie, Tim & Molly Childers

March 26, 2020

PW was a mentor and a great friend. Her sense of humor was famous amoung her friends. Watching her navigate her scooter was a sight to behold. She was a maticulous with her grooming of her terriers. We will miss her terribly 💔😢

Denny & Peggy Mounce/Lloyd

March 24, 2020

Patsy was our friend. We enjoyed meeting with her and Judy to eat Bar B Que and the occasional trip to the gun range. The thing I will always remember is how much she loved my farm fresh eggs. She especially the blue eggs.....God Bless my friend