Patty Ann Futch. She had the most beautiful eyes.  They sparkled when she laughed and winked when she made you laugh.  She could have been a standup comic, but she chose to devote her life as a teacher to the little ones.  She was born Nov. 5, 1955, and stepped into heaven on April 2, 2018, Yes she was only 62 but complications of diabetes and dialysis unexpectedly took her from us in an OKC hospital.
She was born in Madill, Okla., to her parents James and Mildred Wright Futch. Preceding her in death were her father, grandparents, Elbert and Violet McGlocklin Wright and Ned and Effie Kreger Futch and 1 brother-in-law; Kenneth Hunter.  She is survived by her mother of Ardmore, Okla., siblings, Jamie Hunter, Ardmore and Brenda Newton and husband Phillip, Durant.  Although she had no children of her own, Patty or Pat Pat as she was lovingly called, was a great friend to her nieces and nephews which included James Brandon Hunter (Jessie) of Frisco, Texas, Kasy Jaren Hunter (Corinne)of Durant, Kara Newton Jaques (Matt) of Auburn, Ala. and Jenna Rhae Newton of Norman, Okla. Pat Pat was “a grandma” to her all of her great nieces and nephews, relishing in celebrating their birthdays, and other holidays by showering them with gifts but more importantly her attention. The love she poured out on them will forever impact them as adults.  At every opportunity, she would happily babysit these little people Haidyn, Austin,and Dylan Hunter of Frisco, Texas, Kanyon and Kenneth Macon Hunter of Durant, Okla., and Wyatt and Millie Jane Jaques of Auburn, Ala. They were treated to nursery rhymes, stories and songs that only a school teacher could recant.
Patty also leaves behind an unmeasurable group of friends, many of whom were her fellow educators from Dickson Schools where she worked for 38 years after graduating from OSU. Patty had a passion for teaching children and was thrilled when her students remembered her.
Her other passion was music.  She was a gifted vocalist singing not only in her church choir, but in community theatrical productions.  Her rendition of “Sweet Little Jesus Boy” would cause the most stalwart to break into tears.  She had a great love for her fellow man-very big-hearted and generous.  Her life proved that time invested in people is not just about quality but very much about quantity.  The heavenly choir has a powerful new alto singing Alleluias and we will see her again!
Her family asks that you remember her not in flowers and plants but by supporting her passions, your church, children, music or education causes of your choice.
Visitation will be Thursday, April 5, 2018, at Watts Funeral Home, Madill, Oklahoma from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. with a family hour from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Service will be at 3 p.m. Friday, April 6 at the NW Baptist Church, Ardmore, Okla.  Leading the service will be her friend Doug Miller, Eureka Springs Ark., with vocalist Wanda Douglas, Ardmore and organist and good friend, Diane Boland.  Services will be under the direction of Watts Funeral Home, Madill, Oklahoma. Condolences may be sent to wattsfuneralhome.com.