A Celebration of Life for Patricia “Pat” Dorshorst of Hay Springs, NE, will be held Friday, May 21, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Columbkille Catholic Church in Hay Springs
Knowing how much Pat enjoyed getting family and friends together, everyone is invited to join her family to celebrate her life.
Interment will follow at the Sacred Heart Cemetery on Mirage Flats with lunch back at the church.
A memorial has been established for the Pioneer Manor Nursing Home and the St. Columbkille Altar Society.
Memorials and condolences may be sent to Chamberlain-Drabbels Mortuary, PO Box 443, Hay Springs, NE 69347.
Condolences may also be left on chamberlainchapel.com.
Patricia Ann Myers was born on April 28, 1936 to Lyle & Atha Myers in Hay Springs. She was called to join her husband Gary on December 3, 2020, at Chadron Community Hospital.
Gary Dorshorst and Patricia Myers were joined in marriage on July 9, 1953. To this union were born the four T’s – Terri, Tod, Tom, and Teena.
Pat joined Gary in California when he joined the Navy for a few years, but they made their way back to Hay Springs and spent their life farming and ranching in rural Hay Springs.
The Dorshorst family was honored as one of the Panhandle’s “Century Farmers/Ranchers” awarded by the Scottsbluff Star Herald in 2001, which was considered a great honor to Gary and Pat and a tribute to the family’s hard work.
Pat herself was always a hard worker who taught many lessons and quietly instilled values upon her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
While her hard work wasn’t always recognized by her children, her love of gardening, canning and cooking was part of the family’s day to day life. She was an exceptional cook that could stretch a meal to an additional 10 if needed, and it often did.
Her tomato juice was treasured by the family, especially when there was a hail storm during the summer that made the family ration the juice for special occasions the following year to drink with their beer. Her children thought she could make a million dollars with the recipe and many friends and neighbors would agree.
At one point, the farm was jokingly renamed “Pat’s Iris Farm” because she had planted numerous beds all around their earth sheltered home that was built in 1980. She could almost name each iris by color and graciously gave them away to anyone that would ask.
She also loved to decorate the house and yard with lights for Christmas and people would come from all around to see her display.
Pat enjoyed playing cards with family and friends. Pinochle, pitch, and bridge were her favorites. She enjoyed the different groups she played cards with and probably had the most fun she with the group that liked a glass of wine or mixed drink while playing.
She loved watching ice skating and was surprised by the family with a trip to see a live performance of professionals in Denver many years ago.
Pat’s quiet wisdom and friendships will be missed by all who knew her.
Pat is survived by daughter Terri and husband Don of Las Vegas and children Bridget (John) and Londa, son Tod and wife Janet of Hay Springs and children Joe (Sarah) and Nate (Danielle); son Tom of Lincoln, Nebraska and son Ryan (Clare); and daughter Teena and fiancée Brad Westby of Cheyenne and children Shae and Grant (Tara); 15 Great grandchildren, brother Gary Myers of Goddard, Kansas; sister Anita and husband Jim of Chadron; sister-in-law Pat Dorshorst, countless nieces, nephews, many other relatives, and lifelong friends.
Pat was preceded in death by her husband Gary, her parents, Lyle and Atha Myers, sister Donna, sister-in-law Glenda, Gary’s parents Louie and Minnie Dorshorst, brother-in-law Ron Dorshorst, sister-in-law and brother-in-law Idele and Harold Steggs,
Chamberlain-Drabbels Mortuary of Hay Spring Chapel is in charge of arrangements for Patricia Dorshorst.