Godly, mother, grandmother, wife, baker, exquisite chef, Queen of Scrabble, a friend to all. All words that describe the character of Patricia A. (Garrison) Golden’s 78 years of life. Patricia was a dedicated mother first and foremost. She treasured her children, both biological and ones that have adopted her as “mom” throughout the years and embraced every moment with them. She especially loved her role as Nana. She had a vivacious personality and always made people around her laugh. She made friends everywhere she went.
Patricia, better known to many as “Pat” passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on July 27th, 2020. Patricia was born in Brazil, IN on July 28th, 1941 and graduated from Arsenal Tech in Indianapolis. She married the love of her life, Robert “Bob” Golden in 1959. She attended Pilgrim Holiness College in Frankfurt, IN. While raising her family she spent her time working at Marsh in the bakery department for many years where she utilized her skills to decorate countless cakes for all occasions. She was a talented seamstress and could make anything with a needle and thread. She spent decades teaching the youth at church about the Lord and helped many adults through their spiritual journey. She loved her time at Friendly Open Bible Community Church where she also directed the choir. Pat was known for her ability to cook and bake and treasured teaching anyone both young and old her favorite recipes. One of her favorite activities was participating in and directing the Nightingales which was a singing group that performed at nursing homes and community events in numerous counties.
Patricia and her husband Robert have been married 60 years together and raised calves on their farm outside of Freedom. More importantly, they raised a loving and productive family. Patricia is preceded in death by her parents William Garrison and Viola Thompson, her son Gene Golden, grandson Jimmy Golden and a sister Nancy Smith. Remaining to carry on her legacy of love is her husband Robert M. Golden, her son Robert J. Golden and wife Lisa, son Ted Goodwin and Ann Moss, son Steve Idol and wife Kelly, a brother Larry Garrison, and sisters Ilene Garrison and Christine Harding, grandchildren – Hunter Golden, Kylianne Golden, Katie and Tim Wagner, Sarah and Mathew Kelly, Emily Michaels, Jesse Benedict and numerous nieces, nephews, great grandchildren and people who have adopted her as their mom and Nana.
Pat will have her services at West & Parrish & Pedigo Funeral Home in Spencer, IN on Saturday August 1st, 2020 from 11-1pm with funeral services to 1pm. Following the service there will be a procession to Beech Church Cemetery. At a later date, a celebration of life will follow. Flowers can be sent to West & Parrish & Pedigo Funeral Home. Pat was always such a positive light in people’s lives and we hope that you can attend and share with family and friends how she has impacted your life. She wants to leave people with one of her favorite quotes: “It’s nice to be important, but it is more important to be nice”.
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