Patricia “Pat” Vestal Stokes, a Texas native who loved to sing in church and bake pies, passed away Oct. 2, 2020,at Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas with her family at her side.
She was 85 but seemed forever young, socializing, baking and doing her nightly situps. She loved to take cruises with her husband of 67 years, Robert Cecil Stokes, whether it was in the Caribbean or more recently, to the Mediterranean.
Pat was born in Dallas April 14, 1935, the oldest daughter of Zetherine and David Vestal, who named her Patricia Ellen.
Pat, who was always coiffed and dressed perfectly, appeared in style shows when she was young. She acted in school and church plays all her life. She adored entertaining and cooking for others, but was most famous for her pies, especially her cream pies, which made her much in demand around the Christmas holidays.
She married her husband Robert in 1953 and they lived in Brownsville and Waco before moving back to Dallas.
While Robert rose in the ranks of the Dallas Independent School District, Pat was secretary for the treasurer of Sears, Roebuck and Co. (Southwest territory) and later, secretary and office manager for the VP of Vantage Co. real estate developers.
When she and Robert “retired,” they owned and operated two cleaning and laundry stores, Comet Cleaners in Mabank and Bell Cleaners in Canton.
She sang not only in her church choir, most recently at First Baptist Church of Garland, but also at civic events. At First Baptist, she also belonged to the all-women’s G.I.F.T. Class. Her faith was very important to her.
Pat was survived by her husband Robert and children Cynthia Stokes Parker and husband Alan Dale and Robert Charles “Rob” David Stokes, as well as grandchildren Shanda May Thomas and husband Joel Brandon and Keenan Lee Barksdale. Patloved all her children equally, but she loved her grandchildren “more equal,” her daughter Cindy said. She had two great-grandchildren Reagan Mackenzie Thomas and Jackson Benjamin Thomas. Pat’s younger sister Sandy Vestal Roche, married to Fred Roche, died before her. Pat’s nieces will miss her DeeWright Morris (Bob Morris), Robin Matthews (Gary Matthews), Meshel Ellingburg (Charles Ellingburg) and Cathy Edwards Thomas (George Thomas).
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020, in the chapel at First Baptist Church in Garland, 801 W. Avenue D.
Instead of flowers, donations can be made to the First Baptist Church of Garland, Music Department.