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Patsy “Pat” Ruth Donovan


Patsy “Pat” Ruth Donovan died August 3, 2021 in her home in Lexington, Oklahoma at the age 76, surrounded by her children and family. Funeral Services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, August 6, 2021 at the Wadley’s Funeral Chapel. Interment will follow at Lexington Cemetery, entrusted to the care of Wadley’s Funeral Service.  Online condolences may be made at www.wadleysfuneralservice.com.

Pat was born February 24, 1945, in Purcell, Oklahoma, to Elvin Richard and Alma Emagene (Clark) Morgan. She was raised and attended school in Lexington, graduating from Lexington High School in 1963.

In high school, in addition to her love for basketball,  Pat was a social butterfly. She was Captain of her basketball team where she lettered multiple years, Co-Editor of the paper, FFA sweetheart, Treasurer, and was on the Pep Club, Activities Club, and Spanish Club.

Pat married James Joseph Donovan Jr. on July 3, 1963 in Wichita Falls, Texas. She was able to see much of the world while living on military bases all over the United States and Europe. She loved camping, gardening, sewing, quilting, painting, ceramics, and arts-and-crafts of all kinds. Pat and Jay settled in Lexington, in 1979, to raise their children.

Pat worked at Joseph Harp Correctional Center and the Oklahoma Youth Center, where she retired from the State of Oklahoma in 1997. She loved to attend her children and grandchildren’s sporting events but most of all she loved spending time with family.

Pat was preceded in death by her husband, James “Jay” Donovan; her parents, Elvin and Alma Morgan and  her sisters, Jannie Herferth and Dorris Griffin.

She is survived by her brother, Darrell Morgan; her sister, Terri Newkirk; her daughter, Linda Landez and husband, Dave, of Norman, Okla.; and sons, James “Mike” Donovan and wife, Lori, of Lexington, Okla., and William “Billy” Donovan and wife, Loretta, of Cottonwood, Ariz.; and a total of eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.