Patricia's biography was written as a first hand account told and witnessed by daughter, Anne Lindgren.
Patricia (Patsy Lou to her friends and husband) was born in 1928 to a couple that found each other rather late in life. Her father, once a traveling salesman and later a small town liquor store owner (known as Pop Kelley) and a devout Baptist and tuberculous survivor mother. Patricia Kelley, a raven-haired beauty, was embraced by her friends that all stuck together through their entire life (from elementary school to the ends of their lives).
Pat was rather sharp and hence she was able to attend Iberia Junior College, of which she had many fond memories and spoke of with great pride.
World War II brought opportunities to young women in her town through their participation in USO programs for soldiers and officers stationed at Fort Leonard Wood Army Base. She and her pals were quite the jitterbuggers. Here is where Pat met and married a dashing officer, James Cook.
Pat and Jim had three children together, two born in Washington state and one in Missouri, Judi, Jim and Laura.
Pat divorced Jim after he returned from Korea a very changed man.
After returning to her childhood home she met a handsome nuclear science graduate student, Bill Lindgren who she married and had four additional children, Anne, Susan, Bill, and Dan.
Pat and Bill lived in a multitude of towns seeking a means to support seven children. Bill found his greatest success when he started manufacturing medical instruments. Pat acted as the vice president and handled HR responsibilities.
After many years on the American east coast, they moved the family and the business back to Pat's midwest hometown.
Pat was recognized many times for her volunteer efforts in her community, from mental health organizations to the arts council.
She passed away about 2014 surrounded by her family. Many of the surviving friends she made in elementary school were in attendance at her funeral.
DNA testing results confirm relationship to father's line thru Aaron Pinson with GEDMATCH as follows: We are 6th cousins once removed by genealogy and we match on GED match, 2 segments. I am M475664. Our common ancestor is Aaron Pinson (Pinson-574). Largest segment = 16.0 cM. Total Half-Match segments (HIR) = 30.7 cM (0.857 Pct). Estimated number of generations to MRCA = 4.4. 2 shared segments found for this comparison. 291227 SNPs used for this comparison. 53.939 Pct SNPs are full identical
GEDMATCH DNA testing results confirm the relationship to mother's thru William Smart-142. Triangulated with Ellen Tiedeman-60 and Anne Lindgren-199. 6C1R by William Smart AND Arthur Markham AND John Belcher-393, Thomas Marcum II. Largest segment = 19.2 cM. Total Half-Match segments (HIR) = 19.2 cM (0.535 Pct) Estimated number of generations to MRCA = 4.8 1 shared segments found for this comparison. 613515 SNPs used for this comparison. 55.696 Pct SNPs are full identical
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