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Patricia Laird, 78, of Danville, passed away on July 15, 2017, at her home.
Pat was born Nov. 29, 1938, in Danville, the daughter of Irving Maynard and Dorothy Bower. In her mother's second marriage her name was changed to Flanagan.
Pat married Richard Smither on March 18, 1956. Of that union, three children were born, Brian (Debbie) Smither of Kersey, Colo., Donna (Steve) Starwalt of Danville and Brenda Ramsey of Houston, Texas. Pat later married Glen A. Laird on Dec. 9, 1967. He preceded her in death Feb. 5, 1976.
Survivors include one sister, Sue (Junior) Lyons of Danville; three brothers, Mike (Peg) Flanagan of Richview, Ill., Dayne (Marilyn) Flanagan of Hodginville, Ky., and Kevin (Pam) Flanagan of Shellyville, Ky.; and two stepchildren from her second marriage, Glen (Marsha) Laird and Judy, who passed away. Pat has three grandchildren, Sabrina (Tracy) Craft, Joseph (Rebecca) Laird and Nikki (Tim) Morgan; two great-grandsons and three great-granddaughters. Pat also was preceded in death by one sister, Peggy Chalkus.
Pat was a registered X-ray technician for many years before working in the orthodontic profession for 34 years, retiring from Dr. K. Musters office. She loved going on cruises and took many trips over the years. Pat was also a vendor at Gordyville for over 27 years. She loved talking to people as they stopped by her booth. Pat was a member of Lone Oak Church of Christ.
Pat was blessed with a true friend who was there for her for over 30 years. Dolores Shapiro was not only a friend but a travel buddy and housemate. Pat's caregiver was Sheila Schlunaker. The family truly appreciates your time with our mother, taking care of her every need. We cannot be more thankful. The family also would like to thank Transitions Hospice Care for their kindness and compassion toward Pat.
Pat has entrusted Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 3040 N. Vermilion St., with her final wishes. She will have a private graveside service and be placed next to the man who loved her dearly.
Memorials may be left in Pat's name to Vermilion County Animal Shelter. Please join Pat's family in sharing video, pictures and memories on her Tribute Wall at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com
Published on July 18, 2017
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