Obituary for Mrs. Patricia Chapman
Patricia Ann Chapman was born in Denver, Colorado on March 14, 1948 to Charlotte Vernettea Pate and John Willis Richie. She was the oldest of 5 children. She was surrounded by the love of her brothers and sisters: James Sr., Ernest, Marcelyn (Marcie) and Gladys Richie. Patricia was affectionately called "Patsy" by family and close friends. Her sister, Marcie, often referred to her as being more of a mother than a big sister. She began learning about the Love of Jesus Christ at an early age. The word of God was planted in her heart while attending various vacation bible school and Sunday school sessions at Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church. Pat developed a sensitivity to God, thus beginning her spiritual journey and shaping her destiny. As a child, Pat was the "Protector", not afraid of anything or anyone.
She was very nurturing and enjoyed singing, dancing, cooking from scratch, listening to Motown records, being adventurous and spending time with family. One of her fondest childhood memories was of her grandmother, Jane Caldwell. She tells of how soft her skin was and how she will never forget her scent. She loved sitting on the porch swing with her grandmother and made sure that she kept that tradition with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren she attended Manual High School and continued to LaVonne’s
Beauty Academy and the United Theological Seminary & Bible College with a degree in religious education. She was a devout and eager learner. She received several awards including recognition by the Black Chamber of Commerce, Volunteerism Award by the Salvation Army Red Shield and received the Professional Technician Award from the American Beauty Products Company. She was a member of Alpha Chi Pi Chapter of Kappa Chi Pi Omega Fraternity & Sorority, where she focused her efforts in preparing young men and women on life skills, etiquette and pageantry.
She met and married the love of her life, Robert “Charles” Chapman, on January 31, 1964. They were married
53 years until the time of his passing just 78 days earlier. They shared many blessings in their marriage. On special occasions, Charles would find the prettiest cards and present them to her. Most often the cards were for the wrong occasion – but he would say it was too pretty to pass up. The most beautiful card and a bouquet of her favorite flowers (white tulips) always brought a huge smile
To this union were born three children, John Sr., Vernettea and Charlotte. John remembers her famous peach cobbler that she made special just for him and how she sat in the hospital all day, every day, when he was hurt, praying, rubbing his head, reading scriptures and singing gospel songs. Netta remembers how she would volunteer Mom for everything at the school. She even promised that Mom could find the Candy Man Song needed for their Christmas play and she did. Once she promised that Mom could make a 3D dinosaur cake for their class party; she did that too! Charlotte remembers how they would travel all over together, always setting aside an annual special trip just for the two of them to Vegas. Her grandchildren, Monique, Patrick, John, Krystal, Matthew and Loren added more joy to her life. They called her Granny, Don and Me-Me and have many special memories of her. She loved them dearly.
Patricia was a member of Central Baptist Church for over 4 years. She was a charter member of Peaceful Rest Baptist Church and remained there for over 20 years where she was ordained as a Deaconess in 2003. She served the Lord and His church in the capacities of President of the Deaconess, Pastor’s Aide, founder & president of the Seniors on the Move Ministry, choir director, choir member, Sunday school teacher, senior’s bible school teacher, Pastor’s anniversary committee member, armor bearer, mission department, finance committee
She had a creative and intuitive mind and enjoyed making something out of nothing. She was a walking book on etiquette and proper manners, how to walk, talk, sit and always be a “lady”. She could balance a book on her head, walk in stilettos and it would never fall. She was an advocate for single mothers, always wanting to give them a word of encouragement.
She was an entrepreneur who made “pocket bread” before Hot Pockets were created. She invented her own hair growth serum and developed a way to shorten the processing time needed for “curls” Pat was an entrepreneur, cosmetologist, Nutrition Manager in DPS and Retail Clerk. She owned her own beauty shop, “Pat’s Beauty Nook”, for over 20 years. She was a winning hair artist that entered her clients in hair shows across the US. She served as a manager in the business office at Walmart where her co-workers affectionately called her “Mom”. She advanced quickly at Walmart being a go-getter, fast learner and good with money. She was a dedicated, mother figure who was trusting and trustworthy.
Her favorite color was green. She loved white tulips. Her favorite recording artists were Gladys Knight, Smokey Robinson, Shirley Murdock, Frankie Beverly, Millie Jackson, Aretha Franklin and Kirk Franklin. Words to describe this beautiful lady are survivor, astonishing, trailblazer, Wonder Woman, woman of great faith, conqueror, great listener, Lady, style & grace and fashionable. She will be remembered by her kind heart, infectious smile, witty humor and encouraging words. To know Patricia was truly to love her and she will be deeply missed by all who were blessed to have shared a part of her life.
On December 12, 2017, the Lord called Mrs. Patricia Ann Chapman home to eternal rest and joy. She is preceded in death by her husband, Robert “Charles” Chapman, parents, John Richie and Charlotte Rogers, brother, Ernest Richie, granddaughter, April Chapman, grandson, Patrick Chapman. Those left to cherish her memory include her son, John Chapman Sr., daughters, Vernetta (Sheliah) Chapman-Lowe, Charlotte (Alan) White, all of Denver; brother, James (Luverna) Richie, Merced, CA; sisters, Marcelyn (Andrew) Chapman, Copperas Cove, TX, Gladys Richie, Dallas, TX; grandchildren, Monique (Myles) Whitsett, John Chapman II, Krystal Chapman, Matthew White, Loren White, all of Denver, CO; great-grands, Quincy, Willow, Simone, Zoe and a host of nieces, nephews,