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One of the toughest old broads around has decided to take another trip to join all her friends at the Rainbow Bridge. Patt Nordyke was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts to Leroy Anson and Margaret Hogan. After the passing of her father at a young age, she spent much of her childhood in the company of her aunts and uncles. She moved to Texas in her early twenties and raised her two children, Debbie and Rolfe. From the start, she taught them to love animals often making their house as much zoo as home.

Her first career at Braniff ignited her passion for travel. From furniture in Denmark to the molas of Ecuador, she loved to surround herself with beautiful items collected from her trips. She often took her children around the world with her on adventures. After Braniff’s closing, she bought a small cab company in San Marcos. Starting with a single car, she grew the business until she could hire multiple drivers then sold it to focus on animal welfare full time.

From her directorship at PAWS to founding the Texas Federation of Animal Care Societies, she worked tirelessly in support of animals and the people who worked to save them. This extended to legislative success from City Hall to the halls of the State Capitol, including the most recent passing of the Pets in Protective Orders bill. Her friends looked forward to her style shows each year, and she never missed an opportunity to get a new model. The annual conference she hosted was her joy and she was proud to include a quality education while keeping it accessible to smaller and underserved agencies. She excelled at helping people connect and encouraging everyone she met to take on new responsibilities and challenges. She was most proud of her legacy of mentorship and nurturing new leaders around the state.

Many of her colleagues became friends and came to enjoy her parties, especially the food. Everyone had a favorite recipe and she knew every one of them by heart, and you weren’t allowed to leave without taking it home. Her favorite time of year was Christmas and she couldn’t wait to get her tree, often waiting at Papa Noel when they opened, and sometimes before, to pick the perfect one. Her holiday parties were warm gatherings that welcomed new and old friends every year. They were never complete without her rum cake, and of course a little Crown Royal.

We would like to leave you with a few of the ways Patt taught us to enjoy life. Break out the good dishes for dinner, but never put the wine bottle on the table. Get a passport and travel - try Thailand and South America. Invest in fashion that will last - you can never go wrong with a bold pantsuit. Adopt an animal - give older dogs and larger breeds a chance to win you over. When life throws a curve ball, pick yourself up, put on your best outfit, and go out dancing - you may just meet the love of your life at the Continental Club. Get to know the people around you, with a little conversation and a shared meal they could become lifelong friends.

We invite you to join us to share food, drinks, and stories at T Bar M on Saturday, February 25th from 3-7pm as we say bon voyage one last time. T Bar M is located at 2549 State Highway 46 W in New Braunfels, Texas. 

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Patt’s agency, Texas Federation of Animal Care Societies, so they may continue their work. (http://www.txfacs.org/