Patricia L. (Smith) Gilliar

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Patricia L. Gilliar, 74, died Feb. 19, 2014, in Midland. Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. March 6 at Starbuck Funeral Home Chapel in Merkel with Rev. Monte W. Kreis officiating. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time at the funeral home. She was born Aug. 4, 1939, in Loraine to Raymond Lee and Virginia Lois (Graham) Smith and was raised by her grandmother Ruby (Keith) Graham. They lived in Merkel until 1948 then moved to Stanton where she graduated in 1957. She wed Frank J. Gilliar in 1959 and moved to his hometown of Great Neck, NY, where they raised two daughters. She was active in the PTA and Women’s Club. She was an Executive Administrator for Citibank in New York, NY for over two decades. A few years after retiring she moved back to Texas, settling in Midland in 2007. She loved hosting her Texas family on their visits to NYC, touring them around, shopping, and seeing Broadway plays. She was a regular for dancing at Roseland Ballroom in NYC, enjoyed Jazz music, and travel. Pat was the “life of the party” anywhere she went. A perfect breakfast was chocolate cake and a Dr. Pepper. And she  just loved to drive. As young as nine, she would volunteer to run any errand because it meant taking the car. Survivors include two daughters, Lisa Sue (Gilliar) Mage of Cypress and Lori Patricia (Gilliar) Harrington of San Jose, CA; two half-brothers, Rupert Wilson Martin of Dallas and John Thomas Martin of Washington; her uncle, Jimmy Stallings; grandchildren, Gena and Sean Mage; cousins, Stephen and Twila Stallings, Susan (Stallings) Brown, and Kelly and Keith Graham. She was preceded in death by her beloved aunt Louise, uncle June and aunt Frances Graham, cousin Clay Graham, two half-brothers Andy and Larry Martin, and a granddaughter, Ruby Catherine Gilliar. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that a donation be made “In Memory of Pat Gilliar” for the staff at Legacy Ranch, 4800 Briarwood Ave, Midland TX, 79707 
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