Patricia “Pat” Harpole, 73, of Alton, passed away at 4:15 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11, 2015, at her home.
She was born on Aug. 8, 1941, in Alton, the daughter of the late Sarah Louise Whelan. She married William “Bill” Harpole on March 5, 1960, in Alton and he survives. Other survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Michael and Jenny Harpole of Brighton, and Jack and Juli Harpole of Alton; two daughters and sons-in-law, Tamara and Mark Gorman of Alton, and Wendy and Chris Summers of Alton; 10 grandchildren and one sister and brother-in-law, Sandy and Steve Bequette of Evansville, Ind.
She was a devoted wife of 55 years and a wonderful mother, but nothing brought her more joy than being a grandma. She always cherished her time with “her babies,” whether she was planning a play day or she was putting them to work. Pat enjoyed going to church and working for the Lord. She loved serving people, helping in the church kitchen, and being a part of the women’s ministry at Spring Street Assembly of God and at 1st Assembly of East Alton, where she was a member. She had many lifelong friends that were dear to her heart. She loved having fish fries, backyard get-togethers, and camping at her favorite campground, Sam A. Baker State Park. She was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. She enjoyed collecting and doing anything patriotic.
In celebration of her life, visitation will be from 1 p.m. until time of funeral services at 3 p.m. on Monday, March 16, 2015, at Pitchford Funeral Home in Wood River. The Rev. Roy Rhodes will officiate. Private burial will be on Tuesday, March 17, 2015, at Milton Cemetery in Alton.
Memorials are suggested to the Missions Fund at Abundant Life Community Church in Alton, where she attended. Pat never met a stranger and she will always be our “Sunshine.”
Online guestbook available at www.pitchfordfuneralhome.com.