Patricia "Pat" Leslie Coy Skilbred, 68, returned to her heavenly home on June 17, 2020 after a valiant battle with systemic scleroderma. Her devotion to her family and her firm belief in God supported her in her struggle and ultimately gave her peace. Pat was born to the late Lester and Mary Coy, a southern Minnesota farm couple, in Blue Earth, MN on May 30, 1952. She was the youngest of the “first four” and known as the “piddler” for playing around the farm. She enjoyed cheering on the Lakota Eagles as a member of the cheer squad. She graduated from Mankato State College with a degree in nursing which started a lifelong career of caring for others.
Pat was blessed with a large and loving family. She married her sweetheart, Lawrence John Skilbred, on June 9, 1973 in Elmore, MN. Pat helped raise her three children with patience, discipline and humility. She taught them to be strong and confident individuals and often took them on long family trips to ski in Colorado, beach in Florida, and visit family throughout. Most of all, Pat loved the water in and around Indiana and Florida and spending time in the sun.
Pat was a care giver at heart. She was kind and non-judgmental, and always had time to listen. She was a strong woman and loving wife and is dearly missed by her loved ones, who celebrate the fact that she is at peace with her creator.
She is survived by her husband, Lawrence; her sons, Brett and Scott; her daughter, Brooke O’Steen; her grandchildren, Jackson Skilbred, Dylan Skilbred, Parker O’Steen, Jayden Skilbred, Reece Skilbred, and Henry Skilbred; and her siblings, Barbara Ludwig, Susan Kiewiet, Kelly Coy, and Darrin Coy. She is preceded in death by her brother, Dale Coy; and her parents.
The family will host a visitation at Hite Funeral Home in Kendallville from 4:00 – 7:00 PM on Friday, June 19th and Saturday, June 20, 2020 from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM. A service and burial will follow at Lake Bethel Cemetery in Lagrange County, Indiana at 2:00 PM. Reverend James Elsner will officiate the service. Share your favorite memory or send a condolence online at hitefuneralhome.com. Memorial donations may be made to the University of Michigan, Rheumatology Department.
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