Pasty (Pat) Jean Kell Chapman, 88, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and great-aunt, passed away peacefully on the evening of May 11, 2019 at her home in Bandera, Texas, surrounded by her family and loved ones.
She was born on Aug. 17, 1930 in Centralia, Illinois to Dollie Hay Kell and Thomas P. Kell, both of Illinois.
She had four siblings, all of whom predeceased her - two older sisters, Willi and Carole, and two brothers, an older brother, Thomas, and a twin brother, Catholic Brother James Patrick (Jimmy Pat) Kell, whom she and others called “Brother Brother.”
Pat graduated from Centralia High School in 1948 and attended Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois.
She married her soul mate, Peter Frank Chapman, on Feb. 2, 1951 in Centralia, Illinois, and she was married for over 60 years before he predeceased her on Oct. 17, 2011.
They were blessed with four children. Pat is survived by her son John Charles Patrick Chapman of Los Alamos, New Mexico, daughter-in-law Jana, and grandson Joshua; daughter Amanda Jean Chapman Johnson of Bandera, grandchildren Jean and Alex; son David Andrew Kell Chapman of Kerrville, grandchildren Brittain and Andrew, great-grandchildren Conner, Chloe and Avery; and daughter Anne Elizabeth Chapman Shackelford of Bandera, son-in-law Trey, granddaughter Taylor Ely, grandson-in-law Ben Ely, and grandsons Aaron and Benjamin.
Pat is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews, and many dear friends.
In addition to her parents, siblings, and husband, she was predeceased by her son-in-law Johnny Johnson and grandson John Johnson.
Pat’s husband Peter worked for Shell Oil Co. and its subsidiaries for 35 years.
While with Shell, they traveled extensively, living in Centralia, Illinois, Hobbs, New Mexico, Elk City, Oklahoma, Midland and Wichita Falls, Texas, Newark, New Jersey, Washington, D.C., The Hague, The Netherlands, New Orleans, Louisiana and finishing his career in Houston, Texas.
After retiring in 1983, Peter and Pat built their dream home, designed by their son John, on 20 acres in the hills between Bandera and Tarpley, where they lived happily for over 30 years.
During their marriage, Pat was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, a talented hostess, a creative seamstress and craftswoman, an avid reader and a dedicated volunteer as a service volunteer at Houston’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and in various roles at local churches, ending with St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church in Bandera.
What Pat enjoyed most of all, though, was entertaining and spending time with her husband, family and friends. She had a sharp wit and great sense of humor, which continued until her final days.
Pat was deeply loved and greatly cherished by all who knew her and will always be missed, while dearly remembered with precious memories by the countless people whose lives she profoundly touched.
“A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.
“She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: ‘Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.’” - Proverbs 31: 10-12, 25-29
The memorial service was held at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church on Friday, May 17, 2019.