Patricia Heyl Jones, 71, a summer resident at her beloved cottage on Torch Lake in Alden, passed away unexpectedly on Nov. 5, 2017 at Las Colinas Medical Center in Irving, Texas, following a brief illness. She spent her winters in Irving, Texas, and at her desert home at Borrego Springs, California.
Patricia "Patty" was born on Feb. 18, 1946 in Detroit, the daughter of Russell and Margaret Tichenor Heyl. She grew up in Birmingham, where Patty graduated from Birmingham's Seaholm High School in 1964. She went on to the University of Colorado, was a member of Chi Omega sorority and graduated with a bachelor's degree in education.
In 1969 she married Thomas B. Prichard, of Marion, Ohio, a former football athlete and graduate of the University of Michigan. Both were ardent fans and supporters of the University for the balance of their lives.
Patty was a selfless person with a bright spirit and uplifting attitude that impacted everyone with whom she came in contact. Patty thoroughly enjoyed taking her grandchildren to the park, and she has left quite a legacy with her many friends and loving family.
Patty is survived by her son, Keith (Hannah) Prichard, of Raleigh, North Carolina; daughter, Kelly (Paul) Judge, of Spartanburg, South Carolina; her sister, Beverly Johnston, of West Palm Beach, Florida; brother, Dr. Creighton Heyl, of Willoughby, Ohio; nine grandchildren; a niece and nephew; and former husband, Andrew T. Jones.
Patty was committed to her family and friends and fervent in the advancement of literacy. She generously gave time to the tutoring and mentoring of students in language, reading and writing in the Borrego Springs school system and public library. She was also adjunct faculty in the Communications/English department at Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City.
In addition, she was active in her community and committed in her support of the Torch (Lake) Conservation Center with the goal of protecting the lake and all the waters and land within it's watershed. Patty liked the outdoors, was an environmentalist and was an avid tennis player and runner.
Patty was a member of the St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Borrego Springs, California.
A memorial service will be held this winter in Marion, Ohio, and in the spring of 2018 in Alden, both at a place and time to be announced.
The family respectfully requests that Patty be remembered through memorial contributions to the Torch Conservation Center, PO Box 178, Alden, MI 49612 or the Borrego Springs Library, PO Box 685, Borrego Springs, CA.
Published on December 17, 2017