Patricia Black Shumway
Patricia Black Shumway (Patsy) was born in Blanding, Utah on December 14, 1932 to Glendon Black and Donna Nielson. She was the eldest of six children, brothers Kent, Bruce, Hal, Calvin and little sister Colleen.
She grew up in Blanding and also Bluff, where she enjoyed visiting her Grandma Nielson. She graduated from high school in Blanding in 1951 where she was involved in band, playing the drums, participating in dances, and baton twirling.
During that time, she dated Glen Alden Shumway. When he returned from serving in the Southwest Indian Mission they were married in the Manti Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on November 13, 1951.
To this union came eight children: Joella (Dan Whitaker), Kelly Glen (Lucinda), Cory Alden, Shan Redd (Mike), Cassie Boyle (Scott), Leslie Anderson (Sam), Pat Black (Todd), and Adriann Goodwine (Brian). She was also blessed with 34 grandchildren, 69 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Patsy was a very welcoming person. Her home was a refuge for many. During her children’s growing-up years, many a friend and cousin filled the yard during the days and evenings playing outside games.
She always welcomed anyone who came to her door, and had many friends as a result. She was loved for always being available for a visit and often laughed with or made time to console anyone who sought her out.
She loved to tend her big gardens and looked forward each year to the harvest. An excellent cook, she was especially famous for her pies, banana bread, and all kinds of good food. She offered them to family for dessert or took them to neighbors and friends who needed a treat.
She was remember for her pies by all who partook of them – friends, neighbors, family, and church leaders. She worked in the Blanding Elementary lunch room for 14 years, as head cook for most of those years. At the same time, she often catered large events.
She was an avid reader, consuming books continually throughout her life. As a child, she would read late at night with a flashlight under the covers in her bed, hiding her reading from her mom who wanted her to go to sleep.
Patsy was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, filling positions in each of the auxiliaries. She had a strong testimony of the restored gospel and followed the example of the Savior.
Service-oriented and charitable, whenever she saw a need of anyone, she did not hesitate to fill it. Many have commented on her quiet acts of kindness that brought comfort and relief.
She served a mission for the Church with her husband Glen in 1994-95 in the Toronto West Mission. She enjoyed teaching, reading, and exchanging recipes with her new Canadian friends.
In the end, Patsy passed from this life with patience and grace. She was preceded in death by her husband Glen, her son Kelly, her parents, and two brothers Kent and Bruce.
Many loved ones were waiting for her on the other side with whom she was looking forward to being reunited. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Funeral services begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 9 at the Blanding Stake Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Visitation on Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Stake Center.
Card of thanks
The family of Patricia (Patsy) Black Shumway are grateful for the loving kindness shown to our mother. There were many who stopped by to visit with her. There was laughter and tears as memories were shared. These visits helped the long days be brighter.
To the staff from Zions Way Home Health and Hospice and Dr. Jeppson, thank you for your tender care. Thank you to Danny and Amanda Palmer at San Juan Mortuary.
Mom loved her community, church, and family who all helped her graduate from this life.
We appreciate the shared stories, good food, and kind acts. Your goodness and kind words will be treasured in the years to come.