Patricia E. “Patty” Posey, 90, passed away on November 11, 2021 in Chandler AZ. She was born on August 8, 1931 in Porter, New Mexico to George and Mildred (Linger) Dailey. Patty was raised in Oklahoma and eastern New Mexico until her dad was transferred to Anthony when she was starting 6th grade and graduated from Anthony High School in 1949. In high school, she was active in Rainbow Girls, was in the choir and sang with a sextet, called the Six-Teens. She was active in the drama club, and was a cheerleader for 3 years. She maintained her social involvement with neighbors, friends, church and family throughout her life. She always claimed her greatest accomplishment in life was raising her six children to be productive citizens.
She married RL Posey on June 14, 1949 in Mesilla Park, NM and they lived in Las Cruces until RL graduated in 1951. They moved to Bartlesville OK and Patty became a full-time homemaker with four of their six children born there. They both wanted to move back to New Mexico, and RL obtained a position at Sandia Labs in Albuquerque in 1957. They lived in Albuquerque over 25 years and moved to a larger house in Bosque Farms when Patty's mother needed to move in. Patty lived there until she retired and in 1992 moved to Mayhill where she and RL operated the family ranch. She has lived in Chandler AZ the last 5-1/2 years when health dictated she move to a lower elevation, warmer climate, and to be closer to family. While there she continued her community service and activity.
Patty was active in many organizations for boys and girls while her children were growing up including PTA, Campfire Girls, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Little League, Babe Ruth Baseball, Little League Girls Softball, Rainbow Girls and Amigos de las Americas which is a youth volunteer program providing medical assistance to Latin America. In addition to her children’s activities, she loved to sing and was a member of Sweet Adelines, a women’s singing group that performed barbershop harmony, and she and RL belonged to a square dance club. She loved to garden and grow flowers and always had potted plants around the house.
When the children started going to college, Patty started a very successful business sewing wedding dresses to earn a little extra money. When she moved to Bosque Farms, she then held several office positions until she became the executive secretary to the Bishop of the Northwest Texas/New Mexico Conference of the United Methodist Church, a position she held for 12 years until she retired.
While living in Albuquerque RL and Patty attended St. John's United Methodist Church where Patty always involved herself in the humanitarian projects of the congregation. After moving to Mayhill, she immediately became active in her new community by joining the Cloudcroft United Methodist Church, the Mayhill Community Center, and the Mayhill Extension Club, where she was named the Otero County FCE (Family and Community Education) Homemaker of the year in 2006. She also was active in the Otero CowBelles where she was named New Mexico CowBelle of the Year in 2011.
Survivors include her brother and sister-in-law, David and Carole Dailey of Joplin MO; six children, Gayle (Buster) Hampton of Spring Branch, TX; Mark (Nancy) Posey of San Antonio, TX; Dean (Diana) Posey of Azle, TX; Catherine (Alan) Hendrickson of Greeley, CO; Russell (Michelle) Posey of Copper Center, AK; and Nina Posey of Chandler, AZ; twenty-two grandchildren; thirty-five great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, RL, and her parents.
Burial at Mayhill Cemetery will be conducted at 10:30 am on Friday, December 3, 2021.
The Funeral Service will follow at 12 pm at Cloudcroft United Methodist Church with Pastor Dan Sherrell officiating.
In lieu of flowers, Patty requested that memorial contributions be made to McCurdy Ministries General Fund, 362A S McCurdy Rd., Espanola, NM 87532
The Posey family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Scenic Chapel to direct the funeral services.
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