a celebration of the life of
"Pat" Haynes Daniels
Patricia Ann Haynes was born February 1, 1934, in Denison, Texas, the youngest of Sumner and Minnie Haynes’ four daughters. The family settled in Lubbock, Texas, in 1936 where Sumner was a foreman with the Civilian Conservation Corps. Patsy attended Lubbock schools, graduating from Lubbock High in 1952.
After high school, Pat attended Texas Tech University with plans to be an elementary school teacher, but life took her in another direction when she met and married John Jerry Daniels on August 4, 1953. Pat and Jerry made a handsome couple. They lived in Lubbock for a time, but eventually moved to nearby Amarillo for Jerry’s job with Furr’s supermarkets.
Although their marriage ended in 1985, three very good things came from it – sons Dan Anthony, Jon Kirk, and Joel Brent. One of the most difficult things Pat ever had to deal with was the loss of Kirk at age 22 months from a sudden, unexpected illness. Pat was a dedicated mother and grandmother to her sons, five
grandchildren and a number of children she mentored as a teacher, nanny, and babysitter over the years.
Pat was also a talented seamstress, cook and artist. She loved drawing and painting and was a primary illustrator for "The Westerner," her high school yearbook. Her mother taught her how to sew, and she frequently sewed her own clothes. In Amarillo, she worked at the Levi’s plant sewing hip pockets on jeans to help pay for a new home on Clearwell Street. Her last apartment was decorated beautifully with draperies and bedding she sewed.
Her design and sewing skills were used to create the most wonderful puppets, which she used to entertain and teach young people. Your children may have experienced Noah’s Ark, "The Gimme Monster," Zaccheus (complete with a tree), or a pirate. In fact, when Pat was the Vacation Bible School Director at Paramount Terrace Christian Church in Amarillo, she replicated the entire ministry team and staff as puppets.
Pat’s entire life was built around serving others. She connected with children, but loved working with older people as well. In Amarillo, she was a nursing home volunteer for years. She also served as President of the Nursing Home Auxiliary there (in charge of all volunteers for area homes). Her son Brent, a recruit, can tell you stories about nursing home BINGO and the winning prize, bananas. Pat always made sure everyone playing won a banana.
Over the years, she held various jobs. She and Jerry managed their own restaurant, "Barnaby’s Beanery," a
popular diner on Amarillo’s Sixth Street. Later, Pat became the General Manager of "Beef Rigger," a well-known Amarillo steakhouse. In the early ’90’s, Pat moved to Carrollton, Texas, to be near her sons, where she landed a job at the JCPenney Quality Assurance Center, testing the quality of clothing. The Penney job led to another position within the garment industry involving quality control. Eventually, Pat became certified in home health care and earned a living working with the elderly and handicapped. In her later years, she supplemented her income by working as a nanny and babysitter.
Throughout her life, Pat was fiercely independent, eternally optimistic, and a dedicated Christian. These attributes helped her navigate difficult times, one of those being a breast cancer diagnosis in 1994, followed by a double masectomy, breast reconstruction, and chemotherapy.
Over the years, Pat was an active member of these churches: First Christian Church/Lubbock, Paramount Terrace Christian Church/Amarillo, Lakeland Baptist Church/Lewisville, Prestonwood Baptist Church/Plano. She was also a passionate Republican, and a political discussion was a good way to ruffle her feathers.
Pat was diagnosed with ovarian cancer this past Christmas. She met the diagnosis with her usual grit, but was not able to receive treatment due to a number of complications. On Friday, March 2, at 11:35 p.m., she passed from this earth to meet her Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Pat is survived by her sons Dan (Tulsa, OK) and Brent (Lewisville, TX) and their wives, Linda and Tracy, five grandchildren – Allison, Austin, Colton, Kate, and Cooper – and her sisters, Fay Mathers and Connie Sallee, along with numerous nieces and nephews.
The family suggests memorials go to Cal Farley’s Boys’ Ranch (calfarley.org) near Amarillo.