Patsy Lynn Luttrell,
Patsy Lynn Luttrell, age 76, passed into heaven peacefully at 12:30 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 12 at Advanced Rehabilitation and Healthcare in Vernon, Texas. “Pat” was preceded in death by her parents, Ed and Maureen Luttrell and her sister, Mike Baker. She is survived by her two nephews, Chan Baker and Clay Baker, multiple cousins, and a host of friends.Born in Vernon, Texas on Dec. 29, 1944, Pat graduated from Vernon High School in 1963 and attended Hardin-Simmons University, where she received her Bachelor of Science in 1967. While attending college, she also served as the Youth Director for First Baptist Church, Vernon, and Recreation Director for Mount Lebanon Encampment in the Dallas Association. After graduating from HSU, Pat taught speech at Grand Prairie High School from 1967 -1975 and went on to serve as the Admissions Counselor for Hardin-Simmons University from 1975 – 1983. In 1983, she joined the Texas Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU) as the Baptist Young Women/Baptist Women Consultant for Texas until she retired in 1999. Soon thereafter, Pat, once again, was faithful to answer God’s call and came out of retirement to work for the Texas Baptist Men. After serving several years with the Texas Baptist Men, Pat finally ended her career in 2005 and moved back to Vernon, TX, where she spent the remainder of her life. Pat poured her heart and soul into her work and everyone she worked with absolutely loved and admired her. There truly wasn’t anything Pat could not do. Her smile and determination to see any obstacle through will be greatly missed.Having given her life to Jesus Christ at a young age, Pat was a bright light in a dark world, and she touched the lives of so many people across multiple generations. Anyone who knew her were would say that their lives were made richer because of their relationship with Pat. Her love of life and her love for others was evident in the way she lived. Pat never met a stranger. Her infectious laugh, beautiful smile and wonderful sense of humor always made others feel welcome and at ease.Pat had a deep love for the Lord, God’s Word and for the souls of people. She devoted her entire life to tirelessly serving others. She took pleasure in helping others by serving in ministries such as Meals on Wheels and Hospice of Vernon. Pat was heavily involved in the ministries of First Baptist Church of Vernon where she was a vital part of the Baptist Women of WMU, taught a women’s Sunday School class for years, volunteered for the card ministry and served on multiple committees. Pat lived her life with passion, and she finished well. She portrayed a life full of faith. Every person that knew her would attest to the power of Jesus Christ in her life. She lived a servant’s life and modeled a servant’s heart. She loved on people with hugs, smiles, and laughter. She called them and had long conversations. She fed into their lives. She pointed them all to Jesus.Pat provided the meals, drove the miles, opened her house, and dropped everything to attend to those who were sick and could not help themselves. More than once, she lovingly and patiently sat with people and prayed over them while they were in the hospital or confined to their homes. She laughed and cried and supported and encouraged and prayed for so many. She truly loved the way Christ loves and, for some, she was the closest example of Christ’s unconditional love that they would ever see. Only God knows the ripple effects of Pat’s life, but it is evident that her life was used as a testimony of God’s love and faithfulness for all to see. Pat ran the race set out before her and she is now resting in the arms of our loving Father. Pat made a profound impact on others, and she did, indeed, finish well.A Celebration of Pat’s life will be held at First Baptist Church, Vernon, Texas, 2003 Fannin Street, Vernon, Texas on Saturday, Jan.15, 2022, beginning at 2 p.m. Please join us in remembering and celebrating Pat’s life.
I was a student of Ms. Luttrell in her Speech class at Grand Prairie High School during the 1971-72 school year. She convinced me that I could actually put aside any shyness I might have (and, contrary to some, I was shy), and appear on stage in the play “Rally ‘Round the Flags, Boys”, in the role of Grady Metcalf, boyfriend of the Mayor’s daughter. The movie starred Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, with Dwayne Hickman of “Dobie Gillis” fame in the Grady role. She instilled in me a confidence that I didn’t think I had. She was a smart, kind, and funny, by far my favorite teacher. She came to mind today, out of the blue, and I found that she had, sadly, passed away. May this fine lady Rest in Peace in the arms of Jesus, and I hope that I can meet her once again. Such a fine human, great teacher, and a true and faithful Christian. In Jesus name, Amen.