Richardson-Colonial Funeral Home

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Patsy Ruth (Vaughan) Pentecost

January 20, 1931July 29, 2020
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Patsy Ruth Vaughan Pentecost marched into heaven Wednesday morning, July 29th, 2020. She was born in Pottawattamie County, Oklahoma to Otto and Francis Vaughan. She lived most of her childhood and teenage years in New London, Texas, following the New London School explosion in 1937. There, Patsy fell in love with music and band, serving as a majorette; she remained close to her fellow classmates (’48) throughout her life. Patsy attended Baylor University and received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 1952. Her times at Baylor were some of her dearest memories. She participated in the Baylor University Golden Wave Marching Band as part of the first group of “Golden Girls” in 1948. She stayed an active supporter and encourager of the band all her life later laying the foundation for the Donald I Moore Scholarship and alumni band. She along with Jerry served as ambassadors for Baylor both officially and unofficially throughout their life “flinging their green and gold afar.” The day after graduation, she married L.V. “Jerry” Pentecost She did secretarial work for several companies including Shell and Humble while living in Houston and San Antonio. When the couple settled in Galena Park, Texas she became actively involved in First Baptist Church. The couple adopted a daughter and a son in 1961 and another daughter in 1967. In 1970 they moved to Port Lavaca, TX where she became a member of FBC, Port Lavaca helping to start the children’s choir program and girl’s GA’s. Patsy combined her love of music and her love of children by teaching the children’s primary choir. She also served as an organist at First Baptist Church Galena Park and Port Lavaca and continued to twirl with the Baylor Alumni Band into her 80s. Many attending Baylor football games would recognize her as the tiniest twirler on the field. Independently, she taught piano and twirling; she served as a substitute teacher in the Calhoun County Schools, reporting that she was “having a ball. Those kids know I love them.” Following a family accident, Patsy manned the Calhoun County crisis hotline for many years in service to her community. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Jaqueline Vaughan Barton. Patsy is survived by her husband of 68 years, Dr. L.V. “Jerry” Pentecost, her son, Gerald Guy Pentecost, and daughters Dr. Joyce Hnatek (Joe) and Cheryl Smith (Brian). Those blessed to have called her “Grandma” are Sarah Brown (Colin), Joshua Hnatek, Caleb Hnatek, Samuel Hnatek, Chye Harabis (Bailey), and Kelyn Smith. She was very proud of the newest member of her family, great-grandson, Simeon Brown. Patsy loved Jesus, Jerry and her family, people especially children, Baylor, and music; she wanted to share those loves with everyone else, so that they could experience the joy and fun that she had. Patsy’s life was a testament to the great redemptive love of Christ and we, her family, pray that God would be glorified in her death, as He was in her life. Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 1, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Port Lavaca with Rev. John Griffin officiating. For anyone who can not attend the funeral service, you are welcome to watch it on Facebook under Richardson-Colonial Funeral Home. Burial will take place at Little River Baptist Cemetery in Jones Prairie outside of Cameron on Sunday, August 2, 2020 at 2 p.m. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.richardsoncolonial.com.


  • Lewis Verne "Jerry" Pentecost, Husband
  • Otto Mayberry Vaughan, Father (deceased)
  • Francis West, Mother (deceased)
  • Joyce Lynette “Lynn” Pentecost Hnatek, MD, Daughter
  • Joe Hnatek, Son-in-law
  • Cheryl Suzanne Pentecost Smith, Daughter
  • Brian Smith, Son-in-law
  • Gerald Guy “Jerry Guy” Pentecost, Son
  • Jacqueline Vaughan Barton, Sister (deceased)
  • Mrs. Pentecost also leaves behind her grandchildren: Sarah Hnatek Brown and husband Colin, Joshua Kyle Hnatek, Caleb Ryan Hnatek, Samuel Glen Hnatek, Chye Martinez and husband Bailey, and Kelyn Leslie Ruth Smith; and one great-grandchild, Simeon James Brown to cherish her memory.

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  • Joshua Hnatek
  • Caleb Hnatek
  • Samuel Hnatek
  • John Florida, IV
  • Colin Brown
  • John Florida, III
  • Michael Florida
  • Christopher Florida

  • First Baptist Church of Port Lavaca
  • Baylor University Golden Wave Band


  • Visitation

    Thursday, July 30, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, August 1, 2020


Patsy Ruth (Vaughan) Pentecost

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john sullivan

August 5, 2020

One of the most caring persons on earth she was devoted to her family and church.I always enjoyed having you and Jerry over for our Quail supper each year. Give Jane a hug for me

Terri Griffith Turner

August 3, 2020

Some of my warmest memories of Patsy are sitting in her kitchen with her working away and her faithful cat laying across her shoulders. She was a wonderful person who accepted everyone into her loving heart. I was so lucky to have seen her a few years ago on one of my trips to see my parents. She was always smiling. I will miss her greatly.


August 1, 2020

I am forever grateful for Mrs. Pentecost's help in getting my daughter Stacy into Baylor 1998. While I wasn't believing there was any way possible, Mrs P. said "just let me make a phone call". Stacy was the last person accepted for that semester. Stacy went on to graduate from Baylor, and married another Baylor grad. She certainly impacted my daughter's life. Thanking God for this precious woman who made a way when there was no way on our own. We are a family that is deeply grateful and has been impacted by her life.

Lisa Rhodes

August 1, 2020

I was so sorry to hear the news of Patsy Ruth's passing. I have fond memories of her from GAs and as one of the classroom Moms. May your memories of her comfort you. Know you will all be in my prayers.

Craig Barker

August 1, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss, Mrs. "P" (that's what we called her) was a great lady. I met her through a friend in Waco when I was about 19 and not getting along with my own parents. She talked with me and really listened and she really cared. She helped guide me at a time in my life that I could have chosen to have gone down the wrong path in life and I might not be here today if not for her. I am so grateful I had to chance to know her.

Bettye Tucker

August 1, 2020

I met patsy at Baylor. I was 1 year ahead of her. It was after graduation that our group of exes really became close - going on vacations together and sharing the good and the bad times in our lives- laughing and crying and praying for each other .’ Always going home looking forward to next year . Looking forward to seeing U again in heaven.........love Bettye

Sherry Colvin

July 31, 2020

What a lady who will be missed. I know she is doing her stuff in paradise. Memories of her always getting her China cups out to serve us coffee and cookies.
Praying for comfort from our Lord Pentecost family. We love you.

Luxey Gormey

July 31, 2020

She is loved by many. Such a sweet Godly Woman. ❤❤❤❤❤❤
Luxey Miller Gormey and Family

Beverly Merritt Hensley

July 31, 2020

Giving Thanks For Patsy’s “Better Than Excellent” Life!!!
Beyond Grateful that I got to know Patsy thru Myrtle Ruth Griffin while Sharing Galena Park, Baylor, & Mexia Memorial Day Memories...
Patsy’s Smile, Loving Kindness, & JOY Constantly Radiated OUR Heavenly Father’s Eternal LOVE to Anyone BLESSED to be in her Precious “Golden Girl” Presence.
Patsy WAS THE BEST LIFE Has to Offer. Sincere Condolences to her Beautiful Family...

Marie Stallcup

July 31, 2020

My prayers are with the family during this time. Patsy is one of the sweetest people I ever knew. I know you will miss her.


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