Patricia Ann (Patsy) Humble - April 22, 1931-September 18, 2017
Patricia Ann (Patsy) Humble passed away on September 18, 2017 at the age of 86. This day was to be her and husband George A. Humble’s 63rd wedding anniversary.
Patsy was born on April 22, 1931 in Houston, Texas to Claude H. Garrett, Jr. and Carrie Lee Cox Garrett. Her family moved to Groesbeck, Texas where Patsy attended middle school and high school as did her brother Claude H. Garrett, III. In Groesbeck, she would meet the love of her life, George A. Humble. Patsy and George were very happy growing up in Groesbeck and made numerous life long friends. After high school Patsy attended Southwestern University where she became a member of a prominent sorority. George attended Texas A&M, joined the Navy and served on an aircraft carrier at the end of WW II, then returned to A&M and graduated as a 1948 class member. After graduation, he joined the Army where he served as an officer in Korea during the war. Patsy and George married on September 18, 1954 in the First United Methodist Church of Groesbeck.
Immediately after the marriage they moved to Austin, Texas where George attended law school at the University of Texas. Patsy and George had two daughters, Sarah and Julie, while living in Austin. Upon completion of law school in 1958, George was employed by Humble Oil, now ExxonMobil, in Tyler, Texas. While in Tyler, Patsy and George welcomed a son John to the family. During his career with ExxonMobil, the family moved to Dallas, Corpus Christi and finally to Conroe, Texas from where George commuted to Houston daily to work until 1982. Patsy loved Tyler and the friends they had there, and would have stayed there if possible, but she recognized that moving was the best for George’s career and the family. After only being in Dallas for a year they were transferred to Corpus Christi where they built a home only blocks from Corpus Christi Bay. The years in Corpus were filled with friendships, trips to the beach, hunting trips on the King Ranch, and road trips to Nuevo-Laredo, where Patsy loved going to the Mexican markets and bargaining over prices with vendors. While living in Conroe after Sarah, Julie and John had moved away for college, Patsy worked several years as an assistant to a business owner and then for Mitchell Oil which later became Mobil Oil. George retired from ExxonMobil after 27 years of faithful employment. In 1991 Patsy and George left Conroe and returned to Groesbeck where Patsy managed the construction of their home in the McClelland addition. The builder advised that Patsy made certain the work was completed exactly to her specifications. George opened his law office downtown where he practiced law and volunteered for numerous community organizations until he passed away in February 2017. Patsy was active in the community too, supporting the First United Methodist Church, Fort Parker, the Groesbeck Ladies organization, and numerous other organizations.
Patsy loved Groesbeck. She especially loved their many friends made over the years. Patsy and George cherished each other, and Patsy was heart broken when George passed away. A family friend advised that where you saw one of them, you usually saw the other. But Patsy was determined to persevere and do the best she could on her own. She maintained her home, her friendships, and her independence to the best of her ability. She loved taking care of the hummingbirds that visited her feeders, feeding the red billed ducks that visited daily, sometimes numbering in the 20’s, and caring for her cat Tuffy. Patsy was a wonderful, devoted mother and wife, determined, compassionate, with a tremendous sense of humor. She will be missed, but the family takes comfort in knowing Patsy and George are together again.
Patsy is survived by daughter and son-in-law Sarah E. and Jon Michel Schmidt and granddaughter Alexandria Schmidt, of Strasburg, France; daughter and son-in-law, Julie V. and Wil Rivers of Port Aransas; and son and daughter-in-law, John D. and Laura Humble and granddaughter, Eva Humble of Houston.
In lieu of gifts please make donations in honor of Patsy to the First United Methodist Church of Groesbeck, Texas.