Patricia Lee Stevenson passed away peacefully on October 5, 2023, in Chariton, Iowa. A visitation will take place from 4:00pm-7:00pm on Wednesday, October 11, 2023, at Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Chariton. Funeral services will be held at 10:30am on Thursday, October 12, 2023, at the funeral home. Patty will be laid to rest in Chariton Cemetery immediately following services. The family invites guests to a meal at First Baptist Church in Chariton following the burial. Memorials may be made in Patty’s name to the First Baptist Church in Chariton.
Patty was born on November 11, 1945, to Leroy and Maxine Ansley at the Yocom Hospital in Chariton. She grew up in Chariton alongside her siblings: Linda, Roger, Bruce, and Brenda. She graduated from Chariton High School in 1963.
In 1964, Patty married Richard Atwell, and they were blessed with three children: Kelly, Darren, and Ryan. She was a homemaker while the children were growing up. She was a very caring, kind mother.
Patty was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church of Chariton. This led her to volunteer with many activities and groups through the years.
Tenco and their services were very important to her and her family.
Patty was a mother first, caring for her children for many years before working at Chariton Manor as a healthcare aide, after which she was a physical therapy aide. She later worked at Circle of Friends, retiring in 2016. During this time Patty married Cecil Stevenson in 2014. Patty was also a Girl Scout leader and a member of the Beta Signa Phi of Russell. She had many wonderful friendships with the ladies of these groups.
Grandma Patty loved to spoil her grandchildren with waffles, hot apple cider, and mac and cheese. She shared a love for books and movies with her grandchildren, making her collection a staple in their lives. Patty loved to roughhouse and joke with her grandchildren. When they were not wrestling in the living room, you could find Grandma Patty and her grandkids standing back-to-back to see if they had finally grown taller than her.
Patty always had a love for traveling, the ocean, and lighthouses. She enjoyed cross stitching, crocheting, and cooking for her family. Holidays were always a favorite with Patty, from decorating the Christmas tree to being sent home with a box full of her loved one's favorite treats.
Patty is survived by her children: Kelly (Darold Jr.) Bush, Darren (Heidi) Atwell, and Ryan (Amanda) Atwell; grandchildren: Amy (Ryan) Stofenberg, Conrad (Hannah) Bush, Camron Bush, Maddy (Mark) Langemach, Brady (Abby) Atwell, Tyson Atwell, Elizabeth (Gage) Beers, Sara Atwell, Briley Atwell, and Baylor Atwell; great-grandchildren: Hazel Beers, Henry Beers, and Baby Bush on the way; Linda (Jerry) Kliewer, Roger Ansley, Bruce (Deb) Ansley, and Brenda (Steve) Shenefield; Aunt Mary Fern Jackson; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Patty was preceded in death by her parents, Leroy and Maxine, and niece, Stephanie Shenefield.