A MESSAGE FROM THE FAMILY

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OBITUARY

Patty Reis

November 17, 1964December 21, 2020

Patricia “Patty” Reis passed away unexpectedly on December 21, 2020.

She was born on November 17, 1964 in Lubbock, TX to Jacquelyn “Jackie” and Levern “Tony” Reis.

Patty enjoyed a good word search or color book, a shopping trip to Walmart or the Dollar Store, and spending time with family. Patty is preceded in death by her parents.

Those left to treasure her memory are her twin sister, Janet, brothers Stephen and David, and sisters Susan, Kristen, Dorothy, and Cecilia.

Thank you to her group home residents and staff who were so patient and accommodating during this challenging year.

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, January 13, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Memories

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Dorothy Rewerts

January 14, 2021

I remember our mother saying that sometimes it’s better that we don’t know that the last time for something is going to be the last time. It turned out that Christmas 2019 would be my sister Patty’s last Christmas, and I’m grateful that my family and I had the opportunity to spend it with her.

I’m thankful that she was at our house for the Reis family’s Christmas Eve tradition of celebrating Baby Jesus’ birthday, just like we did every year growing up in Lubbock – each of us taking turns to read a part of Luke’s gospel about the birth of Christ, singing Happy Birthday to Baby Jesus, and eating Christmas cookies and drinking Sprite before going to bed.

At the time I was glad that I was able to re-live this family tradition with Patty. If I had known that it was going to be our last time together, I might not have been able to feel the joy in the moment. Then again, if I’d known, I also would have given her an extra-long hug before she left and told her that I loved her.

Patty – I love you and miss you, but I take comfort in knowing that you’re at peace.

Kristen Peacock

January 13, 2021

Growing up, I thought it was such a cool thing to have twin sisters. They are 14 months younger than me and I remember as a kid, telling people that if I had just been born a year later, then we would be triplets.

Janet was always the "Mother Hen" to Patty's strong will and stubbornness.

I like to remember Patty on our sisters' glamping trip to Broken Bow, Oklahoma. It was fun browsing the gift shops and feeding all the animals at the petting zoo. I remember saying that here we are a bunch of 50+ year old women having the best time at a petting zoo! We also had quite the fiasco trying to start a fire in the wet fire pit so that we could make s'mores.

I will miss you Patty.

Kristen

Janet Reis

January 12, 2021

Patty was my buddy and I will miss her bunches! We did fight and argue some, but we were still best buds.
I remember Patty telling me that she kicked me out of the womb because she wanted to cook a little bit longer.
We both liked arts and crafts and Patty really liked painting on t-shirts. I remember decorating sugar cookies with Patty in the house in Dallas. We used the icing like paint.

Janet

Susan Burciaga

January 8, 2021

Patty, thank you for making me a better person and a more patient sister by allowing me to be your guardian. You kept me on my toes and challenged me to put myself in your shoes, while I encouraged you to put yourself in mine. I pray that you are at peace in God's loving arms.

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Biography

In the song of life, Patricia “Patty” Reis was the composer. A very determined woman who would rather spend her time doing things that brought her joy, Patty preferred to live in a world where everything around her was within her influence. She was a woman who enjoyed being pampered, was intensely private, and always ready to spend time with her family.

Patty was born on November 17, 1964 at Methodist Hospital in Lubbock, Texas. Her parents were Tony and Jackie Reis. Patty was raised in Lubbock. She had a twin sister, Janet, two older sisters, Susan and Kristen, one older brother, Steve, two younger sisters, Dorothy and Cecilia, and one younger brother, David. Patty lived at her childhood home for most of her life, until moving to the Dallas area in 2013 with her Mom and sister Janet. In 2015, she transitioned to a group home in Duncanville where she made new friends with the residents.

As she was growing up, Patty developed into a person who took pleasure in using her hands in order to create. Whether it was drawing and coloring intricate shapes, working with her Mom and Janet in the garden, or singing along to Country & Western music, Patty liked artistic things. She attended St. Elizabeth's Catholic Elementary School and liked helping her Dad in the snack bar during weekly bingo games, or her Mom in the church nursery. Patty graduated from Coronado High School in 1983.

Patty was employed part-time at Rosa's Café in Lubbock for several years, where she came in early to help get the restaurant setup and ready for the day. Patty enjoyed the rewards of her paychecks and the freedom and independence to spend her hard-earned money as she desired.

Patty was quite comfortable engaging with a stranger as easily as those she knew well. While growing up, some of her best friends were people she met in the neighborhood. Later in life, she became friends with the women she shared her group home with – Tiffany, Lauren, and Josie. Patty enjoyed her leisure time with various hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were word search games and color by number books.

Patty passed away on December 21, 2020 at Charlton Methodist Hospital in Duncanville, Texas. She is survived by her two bothers and five sisters. Services were held at Resthaven Memorial Funeral Home on January 13, 2021 and she was laid to rest in Resthaven Memorial Funeral Home in Lubbock, Texas.

Patty was a person that found pleasure in the simple things in life. She will be remembered as a strong, persistent woman that wanted as much out of life as possible. She leaves behind her siblings to treasure wonderful memories of her.