On May 26, 1935, a precious baby girl was born unto the late Chauncey Sylvester Handy and the late Olive Birckhead Handy. The name of PATSY ELLEN HANDY was given unto her. Being an only child made it easy for her to be spoiled rotten.
Patsy, often called Pat, graduated with the Class of 1953 from Salisbury High School. She continued her education at Bowie State College in Baltimore, MD. She returned home without completing her studies to take care of her father who became ill.
Patsy began employment with the former Campbell Soup Company. Later she was employed at Coldwater Seaford Company in Cambridge, MD where she coded the Islandic labels placed on packed boxes of fish. After 35+ years, she retired due to health reasons.
Patsy was a member of St. Luke United Methodist Church, Hebron. She sang with the Senior Choir, was Administrative Council Secretary, Membership Secretary, and Evangelism Chairperson. Her greatest pride was being Choir Mother of the St. Luke Gospel Choir. She never hesitated to fill her car full with teenage choir members as they traveled from church to church for Choir Anniversaries on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. She lavished those old days and old times, especially when the choir celebrated their anniversary. She pranced down the aisle just like the teenagers.
Patsy was wheelchair dependent due to health reasons. Although her body limited her mobility, her mind was witty and sharp. She enjoyed watching The Price is Right, Young and the Restless, Bold & The Beautiful, In the Heat of the Night and Family Feud. But mostly, she was an avid “Word Search” puzzle book fan.
Patsy closed the final chapter of life on Sunday, April 30, 2017 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Salisbury about 2 PM. Saying “FAREWELL” to this earthly world to enter into a heavenly home, she leaves to mourn two children: Lemont “Jingles” Handy and Amelia “Mousey” Handy both of Hebron; the sparkle and apple of her eye 2 grandchildren: Carlton Handy and Jasmine Beasley; 3 great-grands: Cambria Miles, Anthony Miales, Jr. and Noah Quarles; God Daughter, Karen Hayman; first cousin, Betty Handy Williams; Cousins Gwendolyn Hubbard-Harrison, Angela Thompson, and Tonya Thompson-Wise; a special sister, Dorothy Camper; and a host of other relatives and church family. In addition, she was Mom Mom to all her daughter’s godchildren and grandson’s friends, too numerous to individually name.