“Precious in the sight of the Lord Is the death of His godly ones.”
- Psalm 116:15
Patricia Gail Moore Coker, a retired dental hygienist, passed away peacefully at home early morning Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at the age of 79 after fighting a long battle with chronic strokes.
Pat is survived by her two children: son, Kendall Turner Coker, of Hurst, Texas and daughter, Elinor “Regan” Tyler Coker McCamey, of Frisco, Texas. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband and childhood sweetheart, Jerry Lee Coker, and her parents, George Henry Moore and Juanita Marie “Ree” Moore (née Richards).
Pat was born in Dallas, Texas on February 15, 1942 to George and Marie Moore. Residing in the Oak Cliff suburb, she graduated from Sunset High School in 1960. She then attended Abilene Christian University (known then as Abilene Christian College) in pursuit of a Bachelor of Arts in English.
When Jerry’s father died in May of 1963, he left Texas Tech to return home to Dallas to help his mother. Knowing that a long-distance relationship would be too difficult, Pat soon withdrew from college and moved back to be with him. That fall, she graduated from Baylor College of Dentistry as a Registered Dental Hygienist.
Then on Friday, August 28, 1964, she and high school sweetheart, Jerry, were married at Sunset Church of Christ in Oak Cliff, Texas where they both attended as children.
In 1966, she was able to transfer her credits to the University of Texas Arlington (UTA), where she completed her bachelor’s degree.
Living and working in Arlington, Texas, they welcomed their son, Kendall, on February 10, 1970. Their daughter, Regan, was born on May 2, 1975 and soon after that, she also received her Master of Arts in English from UTA.
Sadly, on July 31, 1983, Jerry was unexpectedly killed while working in the pasture at home in Arlington, Texas. Even in her grief, she stood strong and turned her attention to rearing her two children to trust and believe in God.
After a short two years living in east Texas (Pittsburg), they moved to North Richland Hills, Texas where the kids attended Fort Worth Christian School. She remained in NRH until her death.
Pat was a devoted daughter, wife, and mother. She was a strict advocate of the English language, its history, sense of humor, and literature, especially Shakespeare, Milton, and Donne. Being an only child, she was often called a loner which she took pride in being labeled. Pat was an avid reader, frequently shuffling stacks of books to read each week. She loved spending time with her kids going to the State Fair of Texas, eating Mexican food, and cuddling with all her pets. She didn’t have many friends, but dearly loved the ones she had. She was an intellectual and spiritual woman who enjoyed giving what she could to help others in local and international missions. Pat loved God and Jesus with all her heart and never took her eye off the eternal prize.
She requested no funeral or memorial services, but Kendall and Regan have provided 3 ways in which to honor her life in a manner that she would have loved and appreciated. Three Christian charities have been identified where loved ones can contribute in her name. (See the charity organizations listed below)
Kendall and Regan wish to extend sincere thanks to all the at-home caregivers that made her final days comfortable and to everyone who has reached out to offer condolences.
Heaven - Patricia Sandersbrown
I’ve found a new place where I can be free;
I’ve found a whole new beginning just made for me.
I know only peace and I never feel pain;
Days are full of sunshine and never the rain.
I’m no longer old, I’ve recovered my youth,
And all of my dreams have become my truth.
I can smile, I can laugh, I can walk, I can run;
I can hear every whisper, I can see past the sun.
My body is whole and my mind is so clear;
I know all the answers and I’m freed from all fear.
I know why you mourn me, I see how you weep;
Your heart full of aching from a love that was deep.
And I’m grateful for loved ones that hold me so dear,
But remember, I’ve found a better place here.
I will be there beside you, always nearby;
So don’t mourn me for long, nor forever cry.
And whenever your sorrow bears down on your heart,
Think not of my ending, but of my new start.
For on earth there’s no joy I’d ever see to compare
To the joy of God smiling at me.
Patricia M. Coker Memorial Donations
Those who knew Pat know that she was a very private person. To this end, she requested that there be no funeral or memorial services for her. Instead, to honor her memory the family suggests making a donation in her name to one of the following charitable organizations.
Fort Worth Christian School Scholarships
Donations in the name of Patricia M. Coker will be earmarked as scholarship assistance for students in single-parent households. Pat had been the recipient of such financial assistance after the death of her husband which allowed her son, Kendall, and daughter, Regan, to continue their education uninterrupted. She wanted to continue the good work of those generous donors and help other single parents in need.
If you need help with the process, you can contact Kinch Cato with Fort Worth Christian School at firstname.lastname@example.org
Brown Trail School of Preaching
Donations in the name of Patricia M. Coker will be applied to the general fund of the preaching school. Pat’s husband, Jerry Lee Coker, attended this preaching school, and they both valued the importance of continuing the work of nurturing and developing great preaching talent.
Send donations by mail to:
Attn: Patricia M. Coker Memorial
Brown Trail School of Preaching
PO Box 210667
Bedford, TX 76095
Northside Church of Christ – Brazil Mission
Donations in the name of the Patricia M. Coker will be directed to the mission work in Sao Luis, Brazil supported by Northside in San Antonio, TX. Throughout her career, Pat supported mission work by volunteering her talent as a dental hygienist on medical missions and has financially supported various mission efforts over the years. It was something she enjoyed doing with her daughter. Jill and Justin Hill, extended family of Pat’s son-in-law, Kendall, are living and working as missionaries with their family in Brazil, and these funds will go to support them and their Sao Luis mission team.
To donate online using a bank card, bank account, or PayPal at NSCOC.org:
To donate by mail:
Make checks payable to Northside Church of Christ and send to:
Northside Church of Christ
19818 Hwy 281 North
San Antonio, TX 78258
Please note in memo line "SLMT - In memory of Patricia M. Coker"