Pat Higgins-Van Dyke

March 19, 1935November 26, 2018

Pat was born on March 19th 1935 in Kansas City Missouri to Clarence and Helen Higgins. She graduated from Central High School and lived in Raytown most of her life. On July 23rd 1955 she married her loving husband of 63 years, Jack Van Dyke. They raised two daughters, Vicki Van Dyke – Paczesny, who resides in Sturtevant, Wisconsin with husband Dale, and Sandra Van Dyke – Van Wijk, who resides in Kansas City, MO with husband Evert. She has two grandsons, Michael Paczesny and Matthew (Ashley) Paczesny; two granddaughters, Kathryn and Kristen Van Wijk, and one great grandson Aiden Patrick Paczesny.

Pat is survived by Brother, Bill Higgins;She is preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Helen Higgins; and Sister, Nancy Higgins-Bunch.

Pat retired from Marion Laboratories in the late eighties and recently retired as Manager of Jessica Estates Senior Living where she and Jack have lived for the last ten years. She enjoyed many activites and hobbies including fishing, bingo, shopping, casinos and travel. She loved spending time with her family and friends.

She was a loving wife, mother, grandma and great grandma and will be greatly missed.


  • Visitation Friday, November 30, 2018
  • A special time for family and friends to share memories of Pat Friday, November 30, 2018

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Tammy Wheeler

November 29, 2018

where do I start, we played cards back in the day every Friday and Saturday at Donna and Larry's, marble game and believe me you are assigned your marble color, Halloween parties, Friday night dinners, casino nights, bingo on Tuesdays.
Pat and Jack would watch Katie when I had to go to work come back and find Katie with every pan out of her cabinet having a great time (which pat would never let me do as a kid lol)
visited her in Wisconsin went snow skiing, ate custard for the first time, played bingo, trip to the egg plant and always played cards or marbles at night. We would talk about her antiques and junkin days of good buys we have gotten over the years cause we always had the best treasures lol. A few years back when Katie started baking Pat gave me a pink pyrex bowl she pointed her finger at me and said now don't sell that on Ebay. We laughed about it and to this day Katie uses it every time she bakes.
The most memorable time is when Pat and Jack would come down to our lake house my dad Bill would put them in the boat for a ride and of course she would have that silly shower cap on. When you are like 10 the only thing you could say is yep that's my Aunt Pat with the shower cap on. so many memories of her and she will be dearly missed.

Sherry Kyle

November 28, 2018

I am so very sorry. Pat was a wonderful lady and will certainly be missed. My heartfelt sympathy to Jack and family. Love, Sherry Kyle