OBITUARY

Patricia Ann Brewster

June 28, 1946June 3, 2021

Pat Brewster was born in Paola, KS, one of 10 children of John and Gerry Gaughan. John was an Air Force pilot, and they lived in many places growing up, including Alaska. The family moved to Fairway, KS, in about 1954. Pat attended St. Agnes grade school, Bishop Miege High School, and Kansas University, graduating as an occupational therapist. Pat married Rich Brewster in 1969 and they lived briefly in Coronado, CA, before moving back to Kansas City. Pat’s parents and grandparents preceded her in death, as did Pat’s older sister Kathy. She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Rich, and their 3 children, Luke (Erin), Bridget Heos (Justin), and Josh (Sarah), as well as 15 grandchildren, 5 brothers, 3 sisters, and multitudes of nieces and nephews. The proud product of a big and wonderful Irish family, she had a winning smile and an infectious personality. She loved to dress up in costumes, her attic known locally as central casting. She had all manner of things happen to her that didn’t happen to anyone else, and she loved to tell those stories and embellish them as she saw fit. She was never one to let the truth stand in the way of a good story. She was fiercely loyal and supportive of her children and grandchildren, offering unconditional love and guidance. The one thing she lacked was the capacity to criticize. She was the best wife ever, put up with a lot, but smiled and coped through all life threw at her. She had a long career as an occupational therapist, starting at Research Hospital and continuing in the home health field for Clinicare, Catholic Charities, and Visiting Nurses Association, from which she retired to help care for her mother. She was a natural. In addition to that career, she was an antique dealer for many years, getting immense pleasure from both her business and her many wonderful antique mall friends, who have given her much comfort during her recent troubles with severe arthritic spine pain. She was also the founder and only teacher at Snowflake School, where she taught crafts, told chilling ghost stories, and transported her shivering charges (the nieces and nephews) to local graveyards as thunderstorms rolled in so that they could have the benefit of maximum fright. A longtime member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, many of her children and grandchildren graduated from or are attending the school. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to St. Elizabeth, St. Teresa’s Academy, Rockhurst High School, Bishop Miege High School, or the charity of your choice. All services will be held at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, 2 E. 75th St., KC, MO 64114. Rosary: June 7 at 6 pm, Visitation to follow, 6:30-9pm. Mass of Christian Burial: Tuesday, June 8, 10am.

Services

  • Rosary

    Monday, June 7, 2021

  • Rosary

    Monday, June 7, 2021

  • Visitation

    Monday, June 7, 2021

  • Visitation

    Monday, June 7, 2021

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Tuesday, June 8, 2021

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Memories

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Coly Bryant

June 11, 2021

Rich et all, Pat was a grand lady with a megawatt smile. She will be so missed by so many. I am sorry for your loss. Memories are great, sadness stinks. Enjoy your many wonderful memories. I'll miss that megawatt smile. God bless.

Coly

Larry Rues

June 9, 2021

I’ve known Pat and Rich since high school. Although our paths didn’t cross often enough, whenever they did I knew Jane and I would be smiling and Likely soon be laughing with Pat’s antics and stories. I only wish we cold have seen each other more .

In the end, the measure of a life is not what has been acquired, but what has been given away, Pat’s life gave to others so many great times, fond memories and happiness.
Pat Gaughan Brewster will be missed —but will always be remembered. And, as tears of sadness do eventually wane, memories of the all the joy Pat created will have us smiling once again.

Chad and Rachel Waller

June 8, 2021

To Josh and family,

Please accept our deepest sympathies on the loss of your Mom.

We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

Sincerely,
Rachel and Chad Waller

Sean and Lauren Duus

June 8, 2021

Sending condolences to the entire Brewster family. Pat was such a lovely lady. So genuine. Our neighborhood will miss her presence immensely. 🙏🏻

Suzie Beckerle Dillender

June 8, 2021

To Pat's precious Family, I am so sorry for your loss.

I am one of Pat's childhood friends. We lived 3 houses down from the Gaughan house on Mission Road. I still remember the well-worn path that connected our houses and our lives. We grew up riding bikes, playing games, putting on backyard plays, creating a neighborhood newsletter and conjuring up delicious lunches for our ever-patient moms. Being at the Gaughan's house meant you were having fun! One of my most favorite childhood memories is the week we would spend each summer at her grandmother's home in Paola. They say childhood years are the formative ones and being with Pat and her love of life, contagious laugh and kind,caring heart certainly helped mold my life.

As happens, we attended different high schools and went our separate ways as we got older. That's why it was such a joy to connect with her again a few years ago through Facebook. I loved seeing that she had exactly the life I knew she would have - full of love and fun, and kids and grand kids that she obviously adored.

Remembering all this brings a smile through my tears. I hope the wonderful memories you have will see you through these difficult days.

Much love to all, Suzie Beckerle Dillender

Bob & Jodie Reiter

June 8, 2021

Pat was a smiling presence at Sunday Mass at St. Elizabeth's each week. Just her glance your way brightened up many a day. She gave the parish her wonderful children and grandchildren and made our parish community a brighter place. She will be greatly missed.

Bob & Jodie Reiter

Lynne Zagortz

June 7, 2021

I was saddened to read Pat's obituary. She was my Occupational Therapy Clinical Instructor at Research Medical Center in the fall of 1972. She taught me so much - most of all to look at the "big picture" and treat the "whole patient". We had a lot of fun together, but it was an excellent learning experience also. I went on to work in the field 40 plus years.

A highlight memory: Even though Pat signed off on all of my written work (and read my name multiple times of day), she always introduced me and addressed Christmas cards to me as "Lynza Gortz". Our personal joke.

What a loss to her family and friends. She was an incredible person and therapist. Hopefully your special memories of her will keep her close to your hearts. I am so saddened by this loss.

Father Joe Cisetti

June 7, 2021

Molly was right. Pat was a lightbulb. What I wonderful, positive, kind, gracious person. Prayers for Pat as well as for Rich, Luke, Bridget, Josh and their families.

Gina Colletti

June 7, 2021

Josh and Sarah,

I am so sorry for your loss. Please accept my deepest condolences for you and your family.

Gina Colletti

Jan (Chipmunk) Willoughby

June 7, 2021

There are absolutely no words left to say about Pat. I can only echo more from my heart. Pat was a joy to be around. My most recent memory was our lunch at Rye in January '20, but other older memories are comprised of college dorm days where we were talked into doing various skits, pranks by Pat who was sure to promise it would be so funny, and that we wouldn't be in trouble for doing this or that. Our fun spring break trip to Biloxi, Ms. Our times in OT class at KU, my wedding and always Pat was ready for a good time. She was a blessing to so many, touched an immeasurable number of lives in a positive way, and all with a little mischief and sparkle regarding what was to follow. I will miss her so, she was the epitome of kindness sprinkled always with FUN!

FROM THE FAMILY