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Patricia Ruth (Lasley) McWilliams

June 30, 1937 September 18, 2018
Patricia Ruth (Lasley) McWilliams
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Obituary for Patricia Ruth (Lasley) McWilliams

Patricia Ruth (Lasley) McWilliams of Carrollton, Missouri, passed away peacefully at home with the love and support of family surrounding her at 5:45 a.m., on Tuesday, September 18, 2018, in Carrollton, Missouri.

Patricia lived vibrantly and was granted an earthly life of, 81 years, 2 months, and 19 days.

It was on a Wednesday, June 30, 1937, at the General Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri, that the Lord blessed the home of William Joseph and Ruth Jane (Williams) Lasley with the precious gift of a daughter and they named her Patricia Ruth. Patricia attended Root Elementary School and Carrollton High School, before proudly obtaining her GED years later.

It was during high-school that she met a young man that would ask for her hand in marriage, and on April 23, 1955, in Norborne, Missouri, Patricia married Charles Standley. This union was blessed with two sons, William Randall and Michael Ray.

Patricia relocated to the West Coast with friends and found happiness in Tulare, California. She finally felt at peace and began a life journey she would never forget. She accepted employment as a Taxi driver, and as a city bus driver for Public Transportation. She also prevailed at being an astounding Avon lady, earning many awards and pins for her abundance in sales. Patricia was known for her outspoken charm, but she also had a very tender heart which led her to apply for a driving position that transported handicapped individuals. She treasured this position and loved her passengers with possessing efficiency in bringing happiness, laughter, and smiles on their faces. While living in California, Patricia became acquainted with someone special and instantaneously they became best friends and the love of their lives. It was on May 27, 1978, when Patricia exchanged vows and became the wife of William “Billy” Perry Graham. Patricia and Billy were inseparable, spending their time in many places and one memorable trip to Disneyworld. They each shared a love for bowling and made many friends while in different bowling leagues. Patricia was part of a professional league in Missouri, as well as California and she was a phenomenal bowler, winning numerous trophies and prizes over the years. She once bowled a 636 in the Series 600 State Tournament, with her average score being a 252. Patricia absolutely loved everything about California but her special place was Pismo Beach, feeling it was the most peaceful and fulfilling place she had ever been. She had been blessed with ten years of happiness and contentment until sadly on March 26, 1989, she lost Billy to a heart attack. Patricia was torn with her loss, now experiencing what a widow endures but she knew that life must move forward, and she began to lift her spirits through her work, sharing her wit and charms with everyone in her presence. She soon excelled on how to live as a single, substantial, and independent woman.

In 1991, she was ready to move home to Carrollton, as to be closer to her sons and grandchildren. She knew what employment gave her fulfillment and she applied to a position related to working with the handicapped and accepted the offer from Spring Manor and Five Acres, group homes. She remained a loyal employee for the next 10 years until she began her retirement.

She began to socialize outside of work and bowling and met someone that she was happy to share a companionship with, and on May 19, 2010, in the Carrollton City Park, Patricia and Roger Bruce McWilliams were united in marriage. This union brought together each of their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Roger survives of their home, along with Patricia’s special furbaby, Scooter.

She began spending extra time at the Carrollton Senior Center because she loved to be around people. She was a brilliant card player with her favorites being Canasta and Pitch, and she always appointed Thursday and Friday to cards with friends at the senior center. The group would also take turns with hosting a meal and an evening of cards in their homes. The Senior Center also hosted a Wii Bowling League that was connected online to other participating centers. Patricia and her bowling partner and son, Randal, obtained the league's championship title for two years, having their trophies displayed at the Carrollton Senior Center. Patricia held a deep love for all animals, especially cats and dogs. She took in many strays over the years through her connection and friendship with the volunteers of the Ray County Humane Society. She supported their mission and volunteered when she was able. She loved when her sons and grandchildren were visiting and cherished the time she spent cooking for them with ensuring that they each understood the recipe for her delicious hot-rolls. Patricia loved being near the water, even if a river or pond with a fishing pole in hand. Patricia believed in the Lord as her savior and attended Southside Baptist Church.

Patricia is survived by her husband Roger of the home; her two sons, William Randall Standley, Sr. of Carrollton, and Michael Ray (Patricia) Standley of Tina; four grandchildren, Kelly Dawn Standley, William “Randy” Randall Standley, Jr., Justin Michael Standley and Wendy Jolene (George) Lasley-Standley; four great-grandchildren, Jaden, Haley, Bianca, and George; a sister Mickey Cox of Chillicothe; eight step-children and four adopted children.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Ruth; her grandparents, Ben and Lou White; her husband Charles; her second husband William; two brothers, William Joseph Lasley, Jr., and David Elzie Lasley.

It was Patricia’s wishes to be cremated and provided with a private family service.

Inurnment will be in Powell Cemetery.

As an expression of sympathy and in memory of Patricia, Memorial Contributions may be made to Doctor Stewart/The Humane Society of Ray County. They may be left at or mailed to Foster Funeral Chapels, 201 South Main Street, Carrollton, Missouri, 64633.

Serving the family, Foster Funeral Chapels, Carrollton, Missouri. Online Condolences may be left for the family on our website, www.fosterfuneralchapels.com or connect with them on our business Facebook page: Foster Family Funeral Chapel and Cremation Services, LLC.


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