M. Patricia Townsend

M. Patricia Townsend, 84, of Orrick, went to be with the Lord Monday, February 17, 2020 at Shirkey Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Richmond, MO.

Pat was born December 19, 1935 in Kansas City, MO, to Mary and Eldon Cox. She accepted Christ at a young age. She was united in marriage to John M. Townsend of Orrick, MO, on January 18, 1958. He survives of the home and family farm.

Before marrying John, she worked at Kroger’s in Kansas City as executive secretary. She was a loving mother and homemaker on the farm. Pat was a remarkable cook and enjoyed preparing meals for her family and friends. She was a tremendous help on the family farm through gardening, canning, and dressing chickens. She belonged to the Orrick Christian Church and served as treasurer and taught Sunday School for many years. She was also an active member of the Keystone Class. She loved delivering flowers and cards to shut ins, playing bridge, entertaining, and eating out with Red Hats. Her greatest joy was spending time with her children and grandchildren and watching them grow. For many years, she and John spent time at their cabin on the Lake of the Ozarks where they enjoyed boating and watching their grandchildren swim.

She is survived by her husband of 62 years, John Milton Townsend; and three children, Keith (Cecelia) Townsend of Cary, N.C.; Tom (Deanne) Townsend of Orrick, MO, and Diane (Eric) White of Springfield, MO. She is also survived by six grandchildren, Candice, Phillip, Douglas, Ashley, Brittany, and Joshua and seven great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one grandchild, Andrew Townsend, in infancy.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Orrick Christian Church or South Point Cemetery. They can be mailed to Gowing Funeral Home, P. O. Box 168, Orrick, MO 64077.

A visitation will be held Saturday, February 22, 2020, from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m., with funeral immediately following at the Orrick Christian Church, 401 E. South Front St., Orrick, MO. Burial will be in South Point Cemetery.


I’m so sorry to hear of Patricia’s passing. It was a pleasure to get to know this wonderful family. First as Pat was visiting faithfully at Shirley’s Nursing Home to be with her Mother, then as she became a Patient and then on Hospice. Our staff will always remember the special Love and Care John provided to his beloved Wife of 62 yrs. A wonderful example of a faithful man. We will always remember this wonderful family.
Rev. Bill Purcell, Shirkey Hospice Chaplain

To John and Family, I’m sorry to hear of Pat’s passing. God bless each of you as you mourn the loss of your dear loved one. What a beautiful life lived as a Christian, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother!
With heartfelt sympathy, Laura and family