Born: December 21, 1918
Passed on: November 30, 2006
Roby, Texas was the birthplace of a little gal named Ruth Lambert on December 21, 1918. Legend has it that she was so tiny that they could keep her in a shoe box. Her birth size was certainly no indication of the big impact she would have on the world. Her father, Thomas Pleas Lambert, was in the sheet metal business and was never seen without a smile on his face and a chuckle in his heart. Her mother Lou Fatie Lambert was the serious parent but never ceased providing generous support and love. As a teenager, Ruth took Patsy (Pat) as her first name. She and her sisters Rae Nell and Margaret were always busy keeping up with the hijinks of their brothers Raymond and Thomas as they grew up in Sweetwater and West Texas. Her daughter, soul sister and best friend Patricia Sue Fleming was born in 1941 out of her short marriage to Elmer Frank Fleming. In 1947 Pat married Eldridge Dale Howard and began the nomadic life of an Air Force wife. This adventure took her to far off places including Japan, Alaska, California and Colorado while raising her family which included sons Eldridge Dale Howard Jr. and John Alan Howard. Her later years brought her to Georgetown to be near family. Three years ago she became a resident of Park Place Care Center and received gracious love and care from wonderful folks there. Like many other women of her generation, Pat was discouraged from working outside the home. This didn’t keep her from having a rich life. Pat was a very dynamic woman and accomplished artist. Over the years she won many awards for her artistic endeavors which included ceramics, quilting, painting and other arts and crafts. Forced into the workforce after her divorce from Dale, she purchased a partnership in a small resale clothing store in San Antonio. Close to a decade later she had become sole owner and sold the business for many times her investment. Pat loved to travel, cats and cookies, making many quilts for project Linus. Most of all she loved her family and has always been there for us with love and support. Survivors include Sue Williams and her husband Bob of Pleasant Grove, UT; son Dale Howard and wife Linda of Georgetown; son John Howard and wife Nora of Schertz Texas. Grandchildren include Andrew Williams, Anne Williams, Robert (Willy) Williams, Laura Howard, Sarah Howard, Daniel Ledford, Lacey Ledford, Patricia Howard and Alana Howard. Great grandchildren are Benton Christensen, Connor Agan, Addison Williams and Owen Flowers.