Obits: Patricia ‘Trish’ Chandler

Published 12:00 am Thursday, August 28, 2014

Patricia ‘Trish’ Chandler

Patricia Lane “Trish” Chandler of Cooleemee died on Friday, Aug. 15, 2014.

She was born Sept. 19, 1950 in Rowan County to the late U.M. and Lillian Sales Ervin Chandler. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Tony Ervin.

Survivors: a brother, John Chandler (Regina) and a sister, Karen “KC” Smith (Jeff); nieces and nephews, Dana Ervin, Adam Chandler, Claire Chandler, Phillip Chandler, Lauren Smith, Taylor Smith, and Ted Smith; aunt and uncle, Doris Lakey and Ken Sales; plus numerous cousins. 

She graduated from Baulder College in Atlanta, Ga., and pursued a career in fashion and design. This led her into dressing windows for Zimmerman’s and Belk’s department stores in downtown Salisbury. Returning to Atlanta, she was employed at Lord and Taylor department store for several years. In the early 1970s she was employed at Lawndale Veterinarian Clinic until 1980 when she became a flight attendant for US Airlines where she worked for more than 20 years. Her most recent employment was with Davie County Schools where interacting with the children was the highlight. The small town environment beckoned her return and she became active in the beautification and rejuvenation of her hometown of Cooleemee. Her strong wit and faith in God became an inspiration to many during her two-year journey through cancer. She will be remembered for her love and respect for all God’s creatures, her rebel spirit and zeal for life.

A memorial service to celebrate her life was held at First Baptist of Cooleemee at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 23. Visitation was from 1:30 p.m.until the time of service.

Memorials: First Baptist, PO Box 518, Cooleemee, for the establishment of a new prayer garden in her memory.

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