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Patrk, Ruth C.

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September 26, 1933 - April 9, 2013

Patrk, Ruth C.

On Tuesday evening April 9, Ruth Carol Patrk passed away peacefully on to heaven. A native New Yorker, Ruth loved all things New York and adored her hometown, despite living the last 40 years here in Dallas. She was an amazing leader, spiritual force and guide for so many.  Selfless in her desire to help others in need – many times at the expense of her own happiness.  She found great meaning, purpose and joy in assisting others on their journeys.  She was tireless in her efforts to help others to find their way. Friends came to know that they could reach out at all hours of the day, or to expect a call in the wee hours.  As a traditionalist, she was a huge fan of the rotary dial phone. She proved to be a wonderful contradiction – Ruth loved to talk with friends or strangers and yet could be trusted with any secret.  She was intensely private and amazingly social.  She shunned material items, yet was an avid collector.  Throughout her life, her most prized possessions were her family and friends, no one more so than husband Peter, who preceded her in death in 2007.  She is survived by daughters Debbie Vinyard and husband, Randy of Tulsa and Susan Hall and  husband, Mark of Dallas.  Grandsons Nicholas and Daniel Vinyard, Jack and Chester Hall and granddaughter Molly Hall.  And her beloved brother Bruce Morrell of New York.  She shared a special bond with “surrogate” daughter Lisa and dear friends Bonnie and Valerie. Her daughters are eternally grateful for the amazing effort and care she received from the loving and patient staff at Presbyterian Village North.  A memorial service will be held on Monday, April 15 at 1:00 P.M. at Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Plano. Arrangements are under the direction of ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home 19310 Preston Road, Dallas, Texas 75252 (214)306-6700

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Diane White

April 16, 2013 9:57AM

I never met Ruth, but I know her daughter Debbie very well and she is an amazing person. Clearly Ruth raised her well.Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family .

Peter Davis

April 15, 2013 9:33AM

R.C. I am a better person for having known you. You encouraged me time after time, and I thank you from the very depths of my being for the loving example you set. Step confidently into your reward my dear friend. I will never forget you, and we will meet again.

Paul and Glenda Gill

April 14, 2013 12:28PM

Our caring thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

bn strong

April 14, 2013 11:04AM

Love you RC. See you soon.

Pat and Nolan

Paul and Glenda Gill

April 14, 2013 7:47AM

Our caring thoughts and prayers are with your family at this difficult time. Blessings to all.

Lillian Heckinger

April 13, 2013 6:11PM

Hello Debbie and Susan,
I am so sorry about your wonderful Mom. I loved her dearly, and will miss talking to her on the phone. Sorry I can't be there, but she is in my heart along with my dear brother, Peter. I wish you all well during this trying time. She was a special lady, and God must be happy to keep her alongside your very special Dad.

Love . . . Aunt Lee

Dick Kmieciak

April 13, 2013 6:18AM

A Giant has left the earth. Put word in for me. LOVE YOU. dickM

Elizabeth McDonough

April 12, 2013 8:31PM

Ruthcarols sprit will never leave us,she gave so much to all of us who knew & loved her. Elizabeth

Pete B

April 12, 2013 6:30PM

What a kind and rare spirit you have Ruth Carol. I cant express how much richer my life is because you were in it. I will never forget you Lady and I hope to see you soon my friend.

Carl and Louise Beck

April 12, 2013 3:34PM

Although we didn't know your mother, she sounds like she was a wonderful, caring person.
Our heartfelt sympathy to you.

Micki Whitfield

April 12, 2013 3:27PM

Thank you for being so authentic. Our 36 year friendship was a saving grace for me and I cherish every memory.
Rest in peace.
Love and respect,

Jack Chirrick

April 12, 2013 1:53PM


I am so sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to you during this time. If there is anything I can do for you, please do not hesitate to let me know.

Jack Chirrick

Lisa C

April 12, 2013 1:42PM

Ruth, you will be dearly missed. I think of you all of the time and am so grateful for your example of love, caring and grace. Godspeed, sweet woman, Godspeed.

Paula Sanchez

April 12, 2013 1:07PM

RC was a great friend. I will miss her greatly. So glad to have had her in my life.