Patricia Ann Baumgartner, 88, a longtime resident of Texas City, Texas, died peacefully on November 1, 2022 while living in Corpus Christi among family.
Patricia was born February 15, 1934 in Los Angeles, California, the only child of Cecil Franklin and Christina Bell Clampitt. Prior to beginning her school years, she and her mother moved to the Houston area to be back with her mother’s extensive family. Numerous happy and fun stories were re-told of the visits she and her cousins had at her grandparent’s grocery store in Aldine.
While growing up in Houston, Patricia was able to nurture several of the many talents she possessed at an early age. She was gifted with a lovely voice, outgoing personality and through training was an accomplished pianist. Talent contests were entered and won in her late teenage years with her mother proudly saving the newspaper clippings in albums. It was at this time that Patricia also learned to become a fine seamstress from her mother. She carried this talent later in life where she managed a fabric store, tried her hand successfully at upholstery as well as sewing numerous clothes for her daughters.
Just prior to her senior year, Patricia moved to Texas City with a “can do” attitude. She tried out for the TCHS Cheerleading squad and successfully accomplished her goal. She graduated in 1952 and began college at University of Houston. It was during this time that Patricia made the decision to return to Texas City and marry her high school sweetheart, Stanley Joseph Baumgartner.
They were blessed with nine children and raised them with a strong work ethic, a love for knowledge, music, appreciation for the beauty of nature and most importantly a love of spiritual things.
From childhood Patricia had a love for God and was continuously searching for spiritual truths. She began studying with Jehovah’s Witnesses in the early 1960’s and subsequently was baptized. She drew comfort in the promise of the paradise (Psalms 37:11) which stayed with her throughout her life.
Patricia was a mother through and through who loved taking her children on excursions whether to Houston for a play, ballet, symphony or for some afternoon sun at the dike. Many fond memories of her playing the piano with her children surrounding her and singing old songs will not be forgotten. She had a wry sense of humor and playful spirit while possessing a realistic outlook on life. Strong to the core but loving and never afraid to apologize.
As the children grew up, Patricia went back to college for her AA, helped run the family shrimping business and enjoyed traveling across country to visit her family.
Patricia is survived by her children, Henry Baumgartner of Texas City, Deidre Wyatt of Spring, Elaine [Guy] Felker of Corpus Christi, Annette Hare of Tacoma WA, Beverly [Shorty] Corley of Burnet, Marla [Jose] Fletcher of Grantville GA, Jennifer [Lance] Clem of Texas City and Laura Baumgartner of Dickinson. Daughter Christine Carlin of Totowa NJ preceded her in death in 2020.
Patricia and Stanley enjoyed 62 years together before his death in 2014. They are grandparents to 16 grandchildren which include Henry Paul Baumgartner, Rachelle Baumgartner, Sharr Brumley, Gregory Whatley, Stephanie Pena, Amber Blasko, Chrissie Carlin, Daniel Hare, Kristopher Nowakowski, Amy Torres, Ryan Salas, Brian Fletcher, April Fletcher, Dallas Fletcher, Kristin Clark and Sarah Clem. They also have 17 great-grandchildren.
A Memorial service will be held at Texas City’s Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses on January 28th @ 2pm.
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