Patsy Ruth Darelius slipped away on Friday, July 7, 2017, following a long battle with dementia.

Patsy Ruth Darelius slipped away on Friday, July 7, 2017, following a long battle with dementia.

Patsy was preceded in death by her parents: Edgar Lumpkin Miller and Laura Belzora Miller, siblings Tom Miller and Wanda Nell Morrison, and spouse Roderick G. Darelius – Colonel, WWII pilot.

Patsy was born in Terrell, Texas, on Halloween, 1930, was raised in Fort Worth and lived in Hurst, Texas, until her move to McLoud in 2013 to live with daughter, Kay Heinz and son-in-law Paul.

Surviving family members: Kay Heinz and Paul Heinz (daughter and son-in-law) of the home; Jeremy Ray Tomes, grandson and daughter-in-law Lura Tomes; great-grandsons Joshua and Cameron of Newalla; her loving friend and caregiver, “sister to Kay and Paul,” Yolanda Loman of Shawnee and Yolanda’s grand-daughters, Bayley, Brooke and Faith, who loved her dearly; and Patsy’s dearest friend of 70 years, Janelle Walsh of Fort Worth, Texas.

Patsy was a member of the McLoud KIWANIS and loved the annual pancake breakfasts; she also loved watching “JAG” re-runs and eating out every Saturday night at Paul’s Steakhouse to visit her friends -Sonia, Nancy, Carol, Kathy, Margie and so many more of the staff who worried if she was didn’t come. She enjoyed breakfast at the Firelake Grand Casino where she could eat her favorite, pancakes and eggs, and where the family resided for two months following a house fire.

Patsy made friends wherever she went and everyone loved to dote on her, sometimes because of her smile, wit, humor and often, her ‘very outspoken ways.’


Donations, in lieu of flowers, may be sent to the Children’s Miracle Network, the McLoud Fire Department, (who made several First Responder runs to her home during her illness), for their new sub-station, or the McLoud Veteran’s Memorial Park Fund.

Memorial services will be held on July 28 at 10 a.m. at the McLoud United Methodist Church on Eighth Street in McLoud under the direction of Brown’s Family Funeral Home of McLoud.