Anna Ruth Thompson Patrick, 84, passed away Wednesday, September 9, 2020, in Southaven, Mississippi. Interment will be in Elmwood Cemetery.
She had many names. Anna, Mama, Annie, Aunt Ann but she was Mimi to her grandchildren.
Mimi never met a stranger— a family trait shared by her only sister and seven brothers. She could strike up a conversation anywhere with anyone. Grocery stores. Restaurants. Hotel lobbies. Ladies rooms. It didn’t matter where she was—she loved people and her friendly unassuming way put them at ease. More than one family member can tell a story about having to “move her along” as there was a schedule to keep. She would turn to her newly found friend and wish them well.
Mimi loved to watch SEC sports and pulled for Ole Miss but also became a Mississippi State fan when her youngest grandsons enrolled there!
She celebrated the seasons and looked forward to each one with great anticipation! She loved football season and bowl season. Basketball season would find her programming her tv so she wouldn’t miss the games she wanted to watch. March Madness was a favorite and she was ready and waiting with a completed NCAA championship bracket.
She loved baseball season the most! Her lifelong passion was St. Louis Cardinals baseball. An avid fan, she was introduced to the game at an early age by her grandfather. Together they listened to the games broadcast on KMOX, a St. Louis radio station. Stan ‘the man’ Musial was her all-time favorite player. Even at 84 years old— she could recite Cardinal baseball stats and player histories that would impress any seasoned sports writer.
On the birthdays of close family members and friends, she made sure to call the lucky recipient to serenade Happy Birthday to them. The smart ones would see the caller ID and let it go to voice mail so they could save her birthday greeting and then quickly follow with a call back to her to continue the conversation!
She was generous. She was kind. She was funny. She was the life of the party. She loved to dance. And within her inner circle, she could be hilariously irreverent. They know who they are!!
She lived life very well— Loving easily and unconditionally! She will be greatly missed.
Thank you Mimi for the memories. There are so many memories. XOXO until we meet again.
Ms. Patrick was preceded in death by her mother Ms. Cleo Thompson, and father Mr. Robert Thompson, her husband Raymond C. Patrick, and brothers; Bob Thompson, Harry Thompson, Puz Thompson, Tucker Thompson.
Survivors include her son Cass Patrick and wife Amy of Pontotoc, Mississippi, daughter, Edye LaBarre and husband Bill of Clinton, Mississippi, grandchildren; Ray Patrick a 1st Lieutenant in the United States Space Force and wife Elana of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Sam Patrick of Pontotoc, Mississippi, Seth LaBarre and wife Ashley of Brandon, Mississippi, Selby LaBarre and wife Clarissa of Oxford, Mississippi, Azee LaBarre and fiance Cheyenne Kempa of Perdido Key, Florida, and Mary Kate Lantrip and husband Daniel of Perdido Key, Florida, great-grandchildren; Lily Kate, Olen, Cora, Rivers, Collins, and Reed, siblings; Jody Resnik of Carterville Illinois, Ralph Thompson of Marion Illinois, Richard Thompson of Marion Illinois and Don Thompson of Wilmington, NC She is also survived by her sister-in-law Lou Belcher of Columbia, Missouri, and life long friend Treveline Cline of Marion, Illinois.