Patricia Ann Townley Josey
mother, grandmother, leader, advocate, mentor, peacekeeper, friend.
Pat spent more than 30 years as an integral part of Palmer Marketing. From buyer to Vice President, her years of experience and leadership helped influence the successes of the company. She gained lifelong friends during those years, with many calling her the “heart of the Palmer family” and a “gift.”
With a desire to
help others through charitable works, Pat spent much of her life in service to
organizations such as St. Jude’s Children’s
Pat’s kindness, sense of humor, and compassion for ESA and all who belonged was second to none. It is not often you find someone who is willing to commit so much of themselves to the betterment of others, but Pat was that person. It was a point of pride for her to talk about the new members she introduced to ESA and how they were flourishing in their roles, and she was a fierce advocate for welcoming new and young members into the organization. It always seemed, to Pat, that it was not important to be the one in the spotlight, but rather to allow others to shine.
More than her philanthropic work, Pat’s greatest loves were her husband, her daughters, and her grandson. Her pride in and devotion to her family was unshakeable.
A close friend said “It is a testament to Pat’s character that hearts are broken across the country as we mourn her sudden and tragic passing. Her memory, her ideas, and her impact on ESA and all those who knew her will not soon be forgotten.” She was smart, had a wonderfully dry sense of humor and could make anyone feel like they were the most important person in the room. She was loved deeply and will be forever missed.
Pat was preceded in death by her mother, Margaret Townley and father, Harry Townley, her mother and father-in-law Jane and Fred Josey and her nephew, Matt Townley. Pat is survived by her beloved family whom she loved beyond measure-husband, Rick Josey, daughters Kris Winegar and her wife Heather and Kelley Klenda and her partner James; grandson Jacob Klenda; brothers Richard Townley and his wife Wanda, Bob Townley and his wife Janet; nieces Julie (Townley) Gillum, Lesley (Townley) Geise, Lori (Townley) Kik, Jen Townley and 5 great-nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of
Life will be held in May of 2021. In lieu of flowers, the family requests
donations be made to St. Jude Children’s
Obituary courtesy of Heartland Cremation & Burial Society