Patti E. (Pat) Chalmers, 93, formerly of Houston and Wimberley, died January 28, 2011 of complications from her courageous, seven-year battle with Alzheimer's disease. Her legacy will remain forever as a loving homemaker, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, former surgical nurse, tireless counselor to family and friends. She was a guide and inspiration to all she encountered as she taught the meaning and importance of integrity, unconditional love, caring, compassion and understanding.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Presley H. Chalmers, MD. She is survived by: three sons – Howard and his wife Mary, of Austin, Roddy and his wife Marilyn, of Utopia, and Mike and his wife Beth Goethe, of San Antonio; two granddaughters, Crista Merrell and husband Brian, of Cypress, and Martha Roberson and husband Matt, of Mountain Home, Idaho; six great-grandchildren, Caleb, Noah, Ellie and Rory Merrell, and Maegan and Micah Roberson; and, loving niece Margot Teague Madsen, of McAllen. She was also preceded in death by her mother, Lenora H. Allison, father Thomas W. Terry, both of Houston, and three siblings – Ethel Evans, Margot Teague and Tom Terry.
Pat was born August 11, 1917 and lived in Houston most of her life, and where she was a surgical nurse at the original Methodist Hospital until she assumed her favorite role as full-time housewife and mother in 1943. She was active in numerous civic and charitable endeavors in Houston until she and Presley sold their Houston town home and farm near Tomball and fulfilled her dream of "consolidating under one roof" on beautiful Smith Creek in Wimberley.
Her faith in God and Christ was important in her life. She loved traveling, but was happiest on "special occasions" which meant anytime her family was gathered around her. She was a natural leader, and always ready to share advice with friends and family. She frequently quoted words of wisdom, which the family referred to as "Pat-itudes". Her memory will live on as an inspiration to her many friends and associates, and especially to the members of the loving family that she built, nurtured and supported in so many ways.
The family is grateful to the many care givers who aided "Miss Patti" on her final journey in San Antonio, particularly the sensitive and caring staff of Odyssey House Hospice. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, or to a charity of your choice.
Funeral services will be Friday, February 4, 12:00 Noon at The Chapel in the Hills, 14601 Ranch Road 12, Wimberley, Texas, with refreshments and light lunch immediately following at the church. Arrangements by Thomason Funeral Home in Wimberley, 512.847.2226.