Obituary for WILLIAMS

Published in the Albuquerque Journal on Tuesday August 13, 2013

WILLIAMS, PATRICE (PAT) FOSTER died August 6, 2013, born to William Bennett Foster and Aileen Smith Foster on December 10, 1929 in Springer, NM. Pat began studying piano at age three. Her family moved to Albuquerque in the early 1940's and she graduated from Jefferson Junior High School and Albuquerque HS. She attended St. Louis Conservatory on a music competition scholarship, receiving her Bachelor's degree, and won a Fulbright Scholarship to Munich. She received a Masters of Music from Memphis State University and continued performing in various settings all her life. After raising a family, Pat began a new career. She received a Master's in education from UNM and taught special education at Manzano HS. Her career turned to social work; she was a dedicated case manager with Children's Medical Services in Santa Fe until her retirement in 1996. In the late 80's she bought property near Santa Fe and built the adobe house she had longed for; she was an artist in her design and the space became a beloved refuge with views of the mountains. Her friends and family have so many stories to tell of a wonderful, gracious, funny, talented, kind, brave, intelligent Pat. She loved her family and friends, birding, music, her pets, gambling, and travel. Pat is survived by her daughters (with Charles Torrey Williams) Kristin Williams (Jerome Splichal) and Mareth Williams (Mike Hart); and grandchildren Sarah Hart, Michael Hart and Coty Splichal (Paul Vermeren). A private service will be held. The family wishes to especially thank her excellent caregivers at A Love for Life, Albuquerque. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Cuidando los Ninos, clnkids.org, PO Box 12786, Albuquerque, NM 87195.

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