Patti Jo Rawls, 62, of Earlsboro, Oklahoma passed away Friday, January 26, 2018 at her home.

Patti Jo Rawls, 62, of Earlsboro, passed away Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, at her home.

She was born May 9, 1955, to Robert Gene and Eileen Harriet (Kumler) Nelson in Shawnee.

Patti was raised in Shawnee attending Shawnee Public Schools and was a 1973 graduate of Shawnee High School. She later attended Seminole State College. Patti has lived in Earlsboro since 1988.

She married Troy Rawls Jr. on Sept. 15, 1973, at the Church of the Nazarene in Shawnee.

Patti began her career in banking in 1981 at American National Bank, now known as Arvest Bank, in Shawnee, retiring in 2005.

She was a member of Ducks Unlimited, Shawnee Little Theater and Shawnee Chamber of Commerce. Patti also served as the secretary for the Oklahoma High School Rodeo Association.

She was preceded in death by her father, Bob Nelson; mother, Eileen Kumler Nelson Day; and niece, Melody Aldridge.

Those left to cherish her memory are her husband of 44 ½ years, Troy Rawls of the home; one daughter and one son-in-law, Sara and Bubba Hudson of Seminole; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Eric “Rook” and Jill Rawls of Earlsboro, and Patrick Rawls of Seminole; eight grandchildren, Derrek and Jessica Mitchell, Tia Rawls, Trysten Rawls, Paden Rawls, Phoenix Rawls, Bryar Hudson and Hadleigh Hudson; one great-grandson, Bryson Mitchell; sister and brother-in-law, Nancy and Richard Blochowiak of McLoud; mother-in-law, Betty Rawls of Shawnee; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Carolyn and Jay Aldridge of Kinta; one niece and three nephews; and many loving friends and extended family.

The family has designated St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TX 38105 as appropriate for memorials in lieu of flowers.

Family gathering to greet friends and family will be from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 1, at Cooper Funeral Home.

Memorial service will be 2 p.m., Friday, Feb. 2, at Sharon Baptist Church, 19002 S. Gordon Cooper Dr., Shawnee, with Pastor Dan MeGehee, Cross Cut Cowboy Church, officiating under the direction of Cooper Funeral Home of Tecumseh.

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