Patricia Maureen Elsner

May 29, 1962January 3, 2019
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Patricia Maureen Jones Sells Elsner was born on May 29, 1962, in San Diego, California, to Robert Dee Jones and Jane Marie (nee Reeves). After her parent’s divorce, her mother remarried to Gary Sells, and their family grew to include six children: Randy, Robbi, Tracy, Patty, Jeanne, and Kari. The Sells family moved around the country during Patty’s childhood, eventually settling in Houston. Patty and sister Tracy moved out of their parents house when she was 15, and she met her future husband, Ted Elsner, the following year. Patty was proud to graduate from Spring Branch High School on time, and married Ted a month after her graduation in 1980. The self-described “best thing she ever did” was have her four beloved children, Melissa, Rachel, Ted, and Traci, and she devoted herself to them. Patty was delighted to reunite with her father, Bob, in 1987, and to welcome two more sisters in her life, Jen and Bobbi. She started her own daycare company, and later worked as an office manager for Kroger and for a law office. She “retired” in 2006 to care for her beloved granddaughters, Rebekka and, later, Natalie.

Patty loved to cook, and especially for her family to enjoy her cooking; her rolls and kolaches were legendary. She was a cruciverbalist and an avid reader, and taught all her children to love reading. Patty was a gifted writer and was working on an autobiography. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, and scrapbooking. After her retirement, she discovered a passion for travel, especially Caribbean cruises with her husband, sisters, and best friend Ana Garcia LeVrier. At her best, Patty was an unfailingly kind and generous person - the type of person who takes in a sister and children in need, sponsors an impoverished Honduran child, sews dresses for little girls in Ethiopia, and lovingly mothers every child in her life. Most of all, she loved being with her family, and included hundreds in that definition of family, whether related or chosen. Despite her multiple illnesses and personal struggles, she was loved and will be missed by many.

She is predeceased by her grandmother, Mabel Ellen “Mana” Wooliscroft Reeves, her father Robert Dee Jones, and her “brother” William “Keith” Hataway. She is survived by her husband, Theodore Edward “Ted” Elsner, her daughter Melissa Beth, son-in-law Brent Edward, and granddaughters Rebekka Ellen and Natalie Marie Strickland; her daughter Rachel Marie, son-in-law Patrick Oliver, and granddaughter Abigail Delight Harrison; her son Theodore Lee Elsner; her daughter Traci Dee and son-in-law Travis Austin Buttram; all of her “crazy sisters” and their families, a multitude of siblings-in-law and their families, and many dear friends. She loved us all, and we loved her and hope she is now at peace.


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Patricia Maureen Elsner

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nancy olmos

January 12, 2019

dear pati, i have enjoyed our time knowing each other; You: always kind, gracious, nurturing, creative...always anwering "yes!". thank you for passed too soon, damn it! Vaya con Dios, are loved and will be greatly missed! nancy o

Sheryl O'Bryan

January 11, 2019

I am so very sorry for your loss. I worked with Patti at Kroger on 43rd street. She was always such a nice person. Always had a smile on her face. She always treated my son, Christopher Waller, like he was one of her own. She will be missed. Sending prayers for her family.

Lola Schulin

January 11, 2019

So sorry for your loss. May you have lots of happy memories to reflect on. I never met your mother, but Traci is a wonderful wife to my Grandson Travis. Our thoughts are with you.
Warren & Lola Schulin

Michelle and Travis Hurd

January 10, 2019

Our condolences to all the family. Remembering how much Patti loved Stevie Nicks and Cher.

Jeanne Pearce

January 9, 2019

Patty, thank you for being there when my kids were little. Whenever I needed help with homework you were the one I called. When I needed help with a recipe you were the one I called. Thank you for the lessons I learned watching you be a mom. I learned patience and involvement. Thank you for adding to my love of music. One of my most favorite memories is laying on the floor with the music up soooo loud singing at the top of our lungs!!! Thank you for loving me. Thank you for being my sister.

Tracy Jones

January 8, 2019

My sister Patty Elsner ,many are starting to miss you because you passed from this life. I will tell the truth,that I have been missing you a long time. It was hard to see how sick you was harder still to see you push people away. This world is hard. This world is a fallen world. It is Gods strength that gets me through. Filtering the world through Gods promises. On that note,I am so glad that God is your judge. He is merciful. He is a good good Father. He is the one who gives us hope when all we see is hopelessness,down here,and peace when all we can see is chaos. I have been asking God to show up mightily in your family with the hope and peace and joy that only he can bring. God will bring your family together to honor your life. I will look forward to His presence all around when that happens. God blessed me with you sister,in so many ways. I will continue to miss you and pray for your family to be open to finding out more about our Heavenly Father ,with His sacrificial love. The Father of hope. The Father of Peace. The Father of joy. I will remember all the love and craziness we shared together. I will remember you.

Ana LeVrier

January 8, 2019

Sincerest condolences to Patty's family and friends. She was a kind, thoughtful, and generous friend. I will remember the many fun times we shared fondly. See you again one day on the other side dear. Peace.