Obituary: Patricia Jean Osborn

Patricia Jean (Murray) Osborn, 83, died Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016, at Newton Presbyterian Manor. She was born March 5, 1933, in Liberal to Dr. Alvin W. and Wilma (Dorth) Murray. Her father was the pastor of the Boise City, Okla., United Methodist Church.

Patricia’s passions were her family and her music.

She first had piano lessons at the age of 3 from the organist of the Grace Methodist Church
in Winfield, where her father was the pastor. Her joy was learning to play the violin at the age of 8, and she continued to play the violin until she was 80. When in high school in Winfield, she led the second violin section of the orchestra of the Winfield Oratorio Society’s annual presentation of Felix Mendelsohn’s oratorio “Elijah.” She shared in the honor extended to the Society when it was invited to present the “Elijah” at four concerts in Israel.

She and Chester L. Osborn were united in marriage on July 26, 1953. She graduated from
Southwestern College in 1955. Together, they were a parsonage family in Winfield; Parsippany, N.J.; and the Kansas towns of Oxford, Newton, Salina, Derby, Wichita, Hutchinson and retired back to Newton. While in Hutchinson, she was the regional operations manager for the Hutchinson Region of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas.

The delight of her life was her family. She is survived by her husband, Chester; and their children Phillip and his wife, Trissie of Dallas, Susan Osborn of Kansas City, Kan., and Douglas and his wife Nicole of Omaha, Neb. Alltogether, there are seven grandsons and two granddaughters plus two great-grandsons.

Patricia was preceded in death by her parents, sister Ruth Brown and stepmother Marjorie Murray.

A celebration of life service was on Tuesday, Jan. 3, at Trinity Heights United Methodist Church in Newton with Pastors Vern Bowers and Phil Fischer presiding. Inurnment will be in the Greenwood Cemetery Columbarium.

Memorials are suggested to the Trinity Heights United Methodist Church Foundation in care of Petersen Funeral Home in Newton.

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