Patricia Sanders Reid, age 86, of Fort Smith, Ark., passed away at Mayo Clinic Hospital - Saint Marys Campus on Aug. 3, 2019. Her children and grandchildren held her hands and surrounded her with loving memories and prayers during her last hours.
Pat was born on April 30, 1933, in Newport, Vt., to Robert and Hazel (Griffin) Sanders. As the youngest of three children, she was called "Patty." She attended East Hartford High School in East Hartford, Connecticut and graduated with an Associate of Arts degree from Vermont College in 1953, where she met her future husband, Benjamin H. Reid, Jr.
Pat and Ben were married on June 26, 1954. While she worked in a variety of administrative positions, Pat raised three children with her husband, Ben. She was a pillar of strength for her family, as Ben pursued his entrepreneurial activities that took them to Fort Smith, Ark., where they lived for 35 years. Pat and Ben moved to Rochester in 2017, to be close to her family.
Pat enjoyed her work as a volunteer, coffee and cards with friends, holidays and activities with her family, world travel with her husband, and leadership activities at the First United Methodist Church in Fort Smith.
Pat was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Eldon Sanders; and husband, Ben. She is survived by her three children, Joel (Kim) of Rochester, Carol of Rochester, and Steve (Joe) of Jenks, Okla.; five grandchildren, Chris Reid, Becca (Josh) Mohs, Shane Turner, Jace Reid and Eva Reid; and two great-grandchildren, Aiden Mohs and Lily Scott; and her sister, Jean (Paul) Anderson; and sister-in-law, Dorothy Sanders.
A service to honor Pat will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10 at Ranfranz Funeral Home, 5421 Royal Place NW, Rochester. Visitation will take place a half hour prior to the service. Burial will take place at Fort Snelling in Minneapolis. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.
Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Reid Family. To share a special memory or condolence, please visit www.ranfranzvine.com.