Patricia Blackhurst Piper

September 20, 1955February 11, 2013

PATRICIA B. PIPER, age 57, passed away on February 11, 2013, due to heart failure awaiting a donor heart transplant. She was born September 20, 1955 in Bryan, Texas to Homer and Stella Blackhurst. While earning her Masters Degree in English from Texas A&M University, she met and married Duane Piper. Together, they were blessed with two daughters, Melissa Piper and Laura Piper Ericson. Patricia was an active member and officer for multiple organizations, including; Fort Bend Friends and Neighbors and Tri City Women’s Club. She was an avid baseball fan, lover of knowledge, and animal rights advocate.

Patricia was preceded in death and reunited with her parents; sister, Kathleen B. Felps; and many friends and family. She is survived by her loving husband; daughters; son-in-law, William Ericson; her older brother, Steve Blackhurst; multiple nieces and nephews; and her two dogs, Pita and Scarlet.

Patricia will be remembered for her strength, courage, and grace. She touched and inspired the hearts of everyone who met her, including our Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center family.

Funeral Services celebrating Patricia’s life will be held at 1:00 PM, on Saturday, February 16, 2013, at The Settegast-Kopf Co. @ Sugar Creek, 15015 Southwest Freeway, Sugar Land, Texas 77478. Interment will immediately follow at Forest Park Westheimer, 12800 Westheimer Road, Houston, Texas, 77077. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association,, American Diabetes Association,, or to your favorite animal charity.

In remembrance of Patricia, we would like to highlight the importance of organ donation. Organ and tissue donations are a life-saving blessing that can extend quality of life and precious time with family.

The heart remembers…Trish: Wife. Mother. Friend.


  • Funeral Service Saturday, February 16, 2013

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Sandra Hlavacek

February 27, 2013

Bill and I were friends with Duane and Trish long ago and are so sad for the family. She was a wonderful friend and her dad was my favorite professor at A&M. Once we all started having kids, we just lost contact. We are so sorry for the family. I will always remember our fun times at A&M.

Chris Harrison

February 26, 2013

I have only known Melissa for a brief time through our professions, but we spoke often of Trish and she was obviously a wonderful, loving, mother and wife who was greatly loved by her daughter and family. My prayers are with the entire family in this time of sadness.

Ginger Meyer, RN

February 22, 2013

It is with sadness that I write this. Ms. Piper was always happy and cheerful and a pleasure to take care of her during her time at Memorial Hermann. She will be missed by many and I am blessed to have known her, cared for her, and the laughs we shared.

Sandra Young, RN

February 18, 2013

It was an honor to take care of Mrs. P. We all enjoyed talking to her and spending time with her. She had a wonderful spirit and she always had a smile.

Norma Smith

February 16, 2013

I was so fortunate to be considered one of Trish's friends and I will miss her so much. My prayers are with you Duane, Melissa and Laura and I hope you can take comfort in knowing you will see her again one day.
You are in GOD's glory Trish.

Cheryl Deborah

February 16, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with your family...

Janet Malek

February 16, 2013

Trish was among the special women who warmly welcomed me when I joined Tri City Women. I always enjoyed visiting with her at the luncheons, Board meetings, and Gourmet Gals. She and her smile warmed my heart and I will miss her very much. Trish and her family will remain in my heart, thoughts, and prayers. May God Bless and Comfort and bring Peace to her family.

Karen Moore

February 15, 2013

It was truly a blessing getting to know Mrs Piper and her family. I speak for many of my coworkers when I say that she was a joy to take care of and she touched so many of us, myself included, in a way that we'll never forget. There is so much of my career that will be forever changed by what I got to learn and experience with Mrs Piper and her extraordinary family. Please know that her family here at memorial TMC are so grateful to have had the privilege of knowing you all, and all our prayers are with you

Sheryl Downey

February 15, 2013

I am so blessed to have known Trish. She was a mentor in my business and a caring friend. We shared a love for pets and shopping at "Chico's". A piece of my heart is with her, she is missed dearly.

Melanie Wallace

February 15, 2013

I went to school with Patricia and new her well back then. We lost touch through the years. I am so sorry for the family. Se was an incredible woman.
Melanie Browning Wallace (Austin TX)