Patricia Lee Cole, 82, of Wamego, died Monday, Aug. 20, 2012, at Mercy Regional Health Center in Manhattan. She was a long-time member of the community.
Pat was born May 16, 1930, in Doniphan County, Kansas, the daughter of William Henry and Gladys Ptomey Jenkins. She attended local schools and graduated from Highland, Kansas High School in 1948.
She married Eugene F. Cole on February 27, 1950, in Bentonville, Arkansas. He preceded her in death on March 31, 2005.
Pat was a homemaker and babysitter. For many years she cared for children in her home. She was also a cook for Wamego Central Elementary School. Pat lived in Wamego from 1960 until she moved to Abilene in 1971, and then returned to Wamego in 1986. She was an active member of the Columbian Theatre, she served on the board, and was an Executive Committee member for seven years. She volunteered for Central Elementary School in the library and classroom. Pat was also a member of Black Jack American Legion Auxiliary, Wamego Senior Center and the Belvue Methodist Church. She enjoyed her activities with the Coffee Bunch and the Red Hat Society.
Pat is survived by her three sons, Mike Cole and his fiancé, Shanel Lichtenhan, Wamego, David Cole and his wife, Tina, St. Marys and Gerald Cole and his wife, Wilma, Wamego; five grandsons, Jason Cole, Ryan Cole, Jeremiah Cole, Jonathan Cole and Justin Cole; two granddaughters, Jessica Taylor and Kaylee Pittinger; thirteen great-grandchildren; sister, Jane Spangler and her husband, Wayne, Wichita and brother, Charles Jenkins and his wife, Virginia, Balstrap, Texas. Pat was preceded in death by her parents, husband, grandson, Gerad Cole, brothers, Bill and John Jenkins and a nephew, Kirby Spangler.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, August 24, 2012, at Campanella-Evans Mortuary in Wamego. Dr. Richard Wright will be officiating. Burial will follow at Belvue Cemetery. Mrs. Cole will lie-in-state on Thursday starting at 3:00 p.m. and the family will greet friends from 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. They suggest memorial contributions to Wamego City Park for lights and Christmas decorations, Wamego Foundation for fireworks or the Wamego Public Library, and those may be sent in care of the mortuary. Online condolences may be made at www.campanellafuneral.com.