OBITUARY

Patricia Spencer Workman

May 2, 1956April 12, 2021
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Patricia Ann Spencer Workman died April 12, 2021, due to metastatic breast cancer.

She was born May 2, 1956, to Benjamin Pearson Spencer and Bernice Yvonne Morgan Spencer in Biloxi, Mississippi. Patty is survived by her loving husband, Harold Workman, as well as her precious children: Charles Gulat and his wife Kelly, Katy Gulat and her son Charlie, Nick Huczko and his daughter Audrey, Ben Huczko, Chris Workman and his wife Kelly and children Austin and Reagan, and Matt Workman. She is also survived by her very dear siblings: Ben Spencer, Linda Spencer Roberts, Deborah Spencer and Mark Spencer.

Patty had a very interesting childhood; growing up in a strict military family and attending 11 schools by the time she graduated high school. Her parents made sure she was immersed in nature, learned the value of hard work, and they exposed her to different cultures.

She graduated from Coastal Carolina Community College and became a nurse. She later also graduated from East Carolina University and then the nurse practitioner program at Duke University, despite many barriers along the way.

Patty found immense satisfaction in nursing and the variety it offered. The last 13 years of her career were spent providing care to persons at the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail, a position she found particularly satisfying, as this fulfilled her lifelong goal of caring for an underserved population. She very much enjoyed working with the excellent nurses there to provide the very best care to their often-challenging population of patients who nonetheless were always extremely appreciative of the care they received there.

Patty also enjoyed volunteering at the Free Clinic, Piedmont House, and with local wellness programs such as the Women’s and Men’s 4 Miler Training Program and the 10 Miler Training Program. She wishes to thank all the dear family and friends who were willing to accompany her on innumerable hikes and walks through the years. Those memories brought great comfort as the end approached.

In lieu of flowers, please consider contributing to your local food bank or a charity of your choice.

Family night will be held on Sunday, April 25, 2021, from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at Teague Funeral Home in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Services

  • Visitation

    Sunday, April 25, 2021

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Melinda E. Whitney

April 29, 2021

Patti and I met first day of Nursing School 1982. We became friends immediately. She and her ex Chris stood up with Ben and I at our wedding in 1987. Although years and distances decreased the frequency of our contacts, when we were on the phone the time and separation dissipated. I was blessed to have had Patti in my life and to also to have had a small part in her last months of her earthly life. We talked of Jesus Christ and His salvation through faith. Patti ‘s thoughts and heart were of her family’s wellbeing. I pray that each of you know that Patti is “home, whole and happy” in Heaven with God. Remember her in your prayers and know how very much she loved each of you. You will see her again. Peace. Mindy Whitney

Alexandria Butler

April 17, 2021

Ms. Workman was an outstanding person, intelligent, kind, engaging. She was always ready and willing to teach anyone who wanted to learn. Her moral fortitude, daily gratitude and obvious zest for a life well lived was always apparent. I always admired her love of family and friends and her annual gatherings that so many enjoyed. I will never forget her story of trying to track down her must have daily banana the year she visited another state with friends. I am saddened to hear she was taken, but know her star will continue to shine bright, as it did while she was here. God bless and keep all those who will miss her.

Rosemary Critzer

April 14, 2021

Ben and Linda: I extend my deepest sympathy to you and your entire families with your sister’s passing. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Rosemary C.

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