Patti Jean (Honey) Woodson won her lifetime battle with cancer by shuffling off the mortal coil of a body made of "Ralph Nader reject parts" (her words, not ours). She passed peacefully in hospice care in Burleson, Texas on August 10, 2021. She was surrounded by family in what appeared to be a carefully orchestrated moment during which her siblings and granddaughter, but not her offspring, were present.
Pat was born January 19, 1948 in Kansas City, Missouri to Eph Junior Breckenridge and Pansy Neal (Whitworth) Breckenridge.
Throughout her life, Pat survived many events and circumstances that should have caused her early demise, but she always escaped relatively unscathed. Her first cancer diagnosis was during childhood, and she endured many more potentially devastating diagnoses over the years. She often advised people in the raw shock of a new cancer diagnosis that they simply had to be meaner than the disease. In 1988, she was diagnosed with colon cancer, and the physician who delivered that dire news told her that she may have had 6 months to live. She then proceeded to inform him in the most colorful and unflattering terms that she was not going to die simply because he said so. She outlived that doctor and 2 of her 3 husbands, and until just 3 days before her exit, she continued to live her life on her own terms, smoking and drinking Jack Daniels as she pleased.
Pat worked in real estate in the 1970's, specializing in farm and ranch properties until the early 1980's real estate bust, then tended bar for a few years before becoming a rural letter carrier for the United States Postal Service, from which she retired in the early 2000's. Patti was active in her community in many roles, including Bluebird Leader, Boy Scouts, soccer coach, band mom, and she served over 40 years in the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary at the post, district, and state level. She was also an artist, published author, an avid reader, and world traveler.
Pat was preceded in death by her parents and middle brother Jim. She is survived by a daughter, Dr. Sharna Wood, and her husband Johnny, of Grandview, Texas. She also leaves a son, William Dustin Kinson and his wife Londa, of Olney, Texas. She has 4 grandchildren, Autumn Wood, William Gage Kinson, Rafael and Adrian Rodriguez, and 2 & 2/3 great grandchildren. She has 4 surviving siblings and innumerable friends around the world that she has made throughout a lifetime in which she never met a stranger. She is deeply missed, but missing her is easier than watching her suffer.
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