November 1, 1917 - November 29, 2013
Brigadier Patricia Ann Wyatt, a retired Salvation Army officer who served in Fort Worth from 1963-1975, died of natural causes Friday (Nov. 29) in Plano, Texas. She was 96.
Born in Baltimore, Md., on Nov. 1, 1917, “Pat” Salmon dedicated her life to serving God in 1938 and attended the Salvation Army’s School for Officer Training in Atlanta, Georgia, where she was commissioned as an officer – and ordained — in 1940.
In 1942, she married Captain Burl Deverne Wyatt, while stationed in her home town. The couple worked side-by-side for more than 40 years in assignments in Maryland, West Virginia, Alabama, Georgia, Texas and Florida. Their longest assignment — 12 years — came at Fort Worth’s Northside Corps on Northeast 28th Street, where they conducted church services, street revivals, and youth and community programs.
Shortly after their arrival in Fort Worth, the Wyatts scrambled to open a retirement home for low-income elderly when Tarrant County’s home for the aged was condemned as a fire hazard. With support from downtown merchants, Friendship House opened its doors at 4th and Taylor Streets in June 1964. Within months of its opening, Friendship House housed, fed and cared for more than 60 residents who had nowhere else to go.
In 1974, the Salvation Army sold the original Friendship House to help purchase a 28-acre tract off East Seminary Drive and build a new, bigger Friendship House with 160 units.
The Wyatts transferred in 1975 to Tampa, Fla., retired as Brigadiers in 1983 while stationed in Augusta, Ga., and moved to Trinidad, Colo., where they remained active in the Salvation Army Service Unit, and continued to help those in need in their community.
Burl Wyatt, her husband of 58 years, died in 2001 at age 82.
Pat Wyatt is survived by sons David Wyatt and his wife, Donna, of Flemington, N.J., and Tim Wyatt and his wife, Elaine Vogel, of Fairview, Texas; three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Memorial services in Stonewall, Colo., are pending. The family asks that any memorials be sent to the Salvation Army’s DFW Area Metroplex Command, 8787 N. Stemmons Fwy., Dallas, TX 75247.
Arrangements are under the direction of:
Aria Cremation Service
& Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252
214) 306-6700 phone