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Patricia Susan (Dawson) Waid
May 21, 1937 ~ November 24, 2023 (age 86) 86 Years Old
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In Loving Memory of Patricia Susan Waid (May 21, 1937 – November 24, 2023)
Patricia Susan (Dawson) Waid, fondly known as Pat, peacefully departed this earthly life surrounded by her loving family at home on November 24, 2023. A devoted servant of Christ, she has reunited with her eternal heavenly family.
Born at the family homestead in Guthrie, Missouri, Pat was a cherished daughter of Raymond and Gladys (Wilson) Dawson. Proudly, she carried the legacy of being a fifth-generation descendant of the courageous settlers who played a pivotal role in shaping the landscapes of Boone and Callaway Counties. The echoes of the Dawson family legacy resonate in the churches they helped establish, including Little Bonne Femme Baptist, New Salem Baptist, and White Cloud Presbyterian alongside the Boone’s Lick Trail.
Patty Sue's spiritual roots took hold in her childhood at Guthrie Dry Fork Baptist Church and deepened when she embraced Christianity at the Loutre Valley Summer Camp. The family's journey led them to New Florence, Missouri, where Pat graduated from New Florence High School in 1954. A dynamo on the sports field, she played basketball and softball and even lent her athleticism to cheerleading. Her heart was equally at home in her dad’s Clover Farm Store, where she juggled orders, delivered goods, and sampled every candy that graced the shelves.
After High School, Pat pursued a business certificate at Hannibal-LaGrange College, graduating in 1956. Her path led her to Kansas City Research Hospital, where she immersed herself in the study of radiologic technology, earning her degree in 1958. The journey home brought an unexpected job in Columbia at the MU Medical Center and then an introduction by her roommate to a dashing engineering student named Rex. Their love story began after Rex scrambled to find tickets to a sold-out Mizzou Tiger basketball game at Brewer Fieldhouse, which was followed by countless late-night conversations where they often fell asleep still wrapped in the warmth of each other's voices.
Engaged in May, Pat and Rex embarked on a lifetime journey, sealing their love in marriage in December 1959. Their early days were spent on University Avenue before finding a home on Cook Street near Calvary Baptist Church, where their shared spiritual journey flourished. Pat became an integral part of the church community, teaching Sunday School, tending to the nursery, and participating in a babysitting pool of young mothers. Meanwhile, Rex served as a deacon, raising a family of three boys together.
Pat's professional journey was marked by dedication and achievement. Pat thrived in every role, from her early days in Boone Hospital and the University Student Health Clinic to her venture into real estate in 1977. Joining Tatie Payne Realty and later becoming a partner in ReMax Realty, she purchased the franchise in 1986 and reveled in helping families realize their dream of home ownership. Her commitment earned her a place in the Million Dollar Sales Club, and she became the first Realtor in Columbia to sell a house for over $100K. She garnered numerous accolades, including Realtor of the Year, served as President of the Columbia Board of Realtors, and dedicated 35 years to property management and real estate development with Rex after forming Properties Investments, Inc.
Beyond her professional accomplishments, Pat was an active leader in the University Fortnightly, serving as its President from 2000-2001 and earning induction into the club's 30-, 40-, 50-, and 60-year club. She embraced various Fortnightly groups, including Needlecraft, Antiques, Gourmands, Book Club, and Tea Group, holding multiple chair positions and coordinating newsletters and greeting cards.
Patricia discovered the utmost fulfillment in motherhood, family life, church, and neighborhood community. She lovingly guided her three sons through countless life experiences, including sports, musical events, summer retreats, and scouting adventures. The Waid family lived alongside Ridgefield Road Park for 40 years, never missing an Ice Cream Social and creating memories that will be cherished forever.
In her leisure time, Pat loved to travel, from attending real estate conventions in Hawaii to exploring the jungles of Jamaica, experiencing the Holy Land with her Woodcrest Chapel family, and cruising to Mexico, the Bahamas, and Alaska. She and Rex spirited themselves away annually to MU softball games in California and Florida. However, her most cherished getaways were to the Lake of the Ozarks family cabin. Ski trips to Winter Park, Colorado, became an annual tradition until she and Rex each experienced broken legs in their 50s.
Pat was preceded in death by her brother Thomas. Still, her legacy lives on in her sister Nancy (Stan) O’Neil, husband Rex, children Greg (Melissa), Tim, and Mike (Amy), grandchildren Rachel, Jessica, Monica, Audrey, Lake, and Brooks, and great-grandchild Amaya.
Pat's indomitable spirit, love, and unwavering commitment to family and community will forever be etched in our hearts.
A Celebration of Life, filled with memories, laughter, and love, will be held at 10:30 am on December 2, 2023, at Woodcrest Chapel. A visitation luncheon will immediately follow. Live Stream is available at https://www.thewaids.com/patricia/.
In place of flowers, the family kindly asks that donations be considered for Woodcrest Chapel Dollar Club (http://Dollarclub.woodcrest.org).