Pat’s Story

Patricia is the eldest of three children and has a sister living back East running her own restaurant; her brother, a Navy veteran, committed suicide in November 1999. Pat has known loss, poverty, hardship, and even hunger, when her first husband left her with four young children to raise; at one point for over a year, there was food enough for only the children most times, and thanks to WIC (Women, Infants, and Children food assistance program), she was able to at least have breakfast most mornings. Pat was able to get education assistance that gave her the ability to pull her family out of poverty.

Pat is the first member of her family to graduate college. She graduated from DeVry University in July 2006 Magna Cum Laude with her mother, sister, husband and children in attendance. While attending school, Pat worked full-time and tutored other students pro bono, helping fellow student to understand basic programming concepts and details to enable them to pass their courses. She has a passion for teaching and loves to say that she wants to be a teacher when she grows up.

Pat moved back to Arizona in 1997 and moved about 15 miles north of where her mother was raised on Pearce West of the I-17 in Phoenix. Her grandparents are interred at the cemetery off the Black Canyon and Van Buren.

Pat is more than a survivor; she is a fighter. Pat’s five-foot-two mother taught her what it meant to be tough, never allowing hardship to stand in the way of her family’s welfare. Pat’s mother left an abusive husband and worked hard all her life to ensure that her children never went without and was a tremendous example to her children. Pat’s mother now lives back East and finally sold her business to retire a few years ago.

Pat believes in the American dream for everyone. Her Republican mother taught her that taxes were a good thing, that they helped keep the roads that everyone used in good shape, the lights on, the snowplows running in winter, our schools in good shape with good teachers, the police and fire departments at full-strength to protect us and our way of life. Pat believes this and sees what happens when certain groups refuse to pay their fare share. This is money worship. And while we have freedom of religion in the United States of America, we also have the freedom to reject a religion that is being forced on us. Pat believes that religion, including the worship of money, should be left outside of the chambers, and as a Christian, follows the words, “Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s, and unto God, that which is God’s.”