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Patricia Drew Nichols Lofties
Patricia Drew Nichols Lofties, age 78, Mother, MaMa, and Nana passed away on March 10, 2009 following a courageous battle with COPD and emphysema in Lees Summit, MO.
She was born July 28, 1930, in Southampton, Long Island, New York, to the late Lansing Fredric Nichols and Charlotte Drew. Graduated high school June, 1948 from Southampton High School and obtained her LPN degree in 1976 from Grayson College, Denison, Texas. She was a Neurological nurse at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma for 10 years. In partnership with her husband, Earnest Granville Lofties (Granny) they opened the Front Porch Restaurant at Lake Tenkiller, Oklahoma where they shared their love of cooking and entertaining for 7 years. She was employed for 5 years as dorm mother for male students at Connors State College, Warner, OK. Pat lived her youth between Southampton, NY and Chandler, Oklahoma. Pat’s father, Lansing Fredric Nichols and Grandmother Anna Laura Wimber Nichols were the owners of The Lincoln County Republican newspaper in Chandler, Oklahoma.
Pat was a devout Catholic whose main love was her family. She follows her husband, Earnest Granville Lofties (Granny) to Heaven and leaves behind her three daughters, Tracy Drew Lofties McPhee, Melinda Jane Lofties, and Dana Brooke Lofties Reeder and son in laws, Steven Robert Burge, Wesley Dean Colter, James Richard McClure, Clay Trotter, Robert Dean Reeder and Daryl McPhee. She has 9 grandchildren, Brooke Burge Donelson (spouse of Drue Donelson), Justin Robert Burge, Jessica Ann Colter, the late Andrew Hastings McClure, Carley Anne McClure, Madeline Drew Reeder, Bradley Cort Trotter, Robert Collin Trotter and Lauren Olivia Reeder. She also leaves behind five great grandchildren, Spencer Robert Donelson, Brayden Drew Donelson, Joseph Andrew Banks, Jordyn Riley Banks, and Alyssa Jane Kaeckell. Also left behind are Cousin Ethelyene Wilbanks, nephew Terry Lofties and sister-in-law, Norma Nichols and adopted grandson Paul Rush. She is preceded in death by her brother Lansing Nichols. And last but not least, she leaves behind her most precious lifelong friends “The Girls” Patty Crowson, Patsy Anderson, Carol Matz, and Colleen Frankenbach.
Graveside service will be held on Saturday, March 14, 2009 at Oak Park Cemetery in Chandler, Oklahoma where her family and friends will celebrate the woman who loved to travel, found peace at the beach, enjoyed wonderful food and wine, going to Broadway shows, listening to music which she loved to whistle to, her love of reading, and being the “Family Matriarch” for her wonderful family. Friends and family are welcome to share our memories at a luncheon following the service at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church.
In lieu of flowers, she requested donations be made to The Animal Humane Society in honor of her extreme love of her dogs.