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Patricia "Pat" Lewis Paynter Rush Obituary


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“Helen, So sorry to have read about your mom. Did not know until today when on line looking at the obits. Barry and I have had two great losses...Read More »
1 of 14 | Posted by: Margie Haun - Lake City, TN

“I am so blessed to have known Pat. She was one of the most generous and giving people I have known. She was always a bright spot at the Altrusa...Read More »
2 of 14 | Posted by: Marla Lenihan - Oak Ridge, TN

“HELEN JUDY AND I ARE SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. WE THOUGHT A LOT OF YOUR MOTHER. SHE WAS A WONDERFUL PERSON. WE FOUND OUT ABOUT HER PASSING YERSTERDAY....Read More »
3 of 14 | Posted by: Judy Jenkins&BUDDY JENKINS

“Pat felt everyone should live in Oak Ridge. She love this city and served well. She was an advocate for education and was an education just to be...Read More »
4 of 14 | Posted by: Dee Crumm - Oak Ridge, TN

“Dear Helen & John, It saddens me to hear your Mom passed away. You were all special neighbors and friends. She was such a kind and generous...Read More »
5 of 14 | Posted by: Val Richards - Deltona, FL

“Helen, I'm so sorry to hear about your mom. You'll be in my thoughts and prayers. Colleen ”
6 of 14 | Posted by: Colleen Cardwell - Clinton, TN

“To all of Pat's family--- Pat was an amazing woman, and she will be missed so very much--- not only by you, but by everyone whose life she...Read More »
7 of 14 | Posted by: Marci Willison - Oak Ridge, TN

“The first timae I saw Pat was in the 1st grade of Miss Wilson' s Class. She was dressed in a white Sailor's outfit, which was unusual attire for...Read More »
8 of 14 | Posted by: Sarah Heaton Limpert - KY

“"Patsy" and I were friends,classmates and very close during our school years in Middlesboro. I will always cherish her friendship and memories. I...Read More »
9 of 14 | Posted by: Charles Pearcy - Smyrna, TN

“Blessings on the family as you cope with this loss. I was a high school classmate and friend of Patsy ”
10 of 14 | Posted by: Dorris Reynolds Smith Gillespie - NC

“Pat is a very giving person and helped many people. I hope we can have a Pat Rush Scholarship in Altrusa. Louise Mixon ”
11 of 14 | Posted by: Louise Mixon - Oak Ridge/Kingston, TN

“I have known Pat since the 6th grade and played in the trumpet section of the MHS band with her until graduation. My thoughts and prayers are with...Read More »
12 of 14 | Posted by: Damon Frost - Gainesville, GA

“So sorry for your loss. Pat was a good friend. ”
13 of 14 | Posted by: Don Emmett - Middlesboro, KY

“One of the first things Pat asked me was to let her know how she could help me. Pat welcomed me and was one of my sponsors when I joined Altrusa. She...Read More »
14 of 14 | Posted by: Laura Carrington Duckett - TN


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Patricia "Pat" Lewis Paynter Rush, known for her service in many civic endeavors including 14 years as a member of Oak Ridge City Council, died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge following a short illness. She was 82.
Born Feb. 24, 1930, in Middlesboro, Ky., she was the daughter of Walker Burton and Helen Lewis Paynter, both now deceased. She graduated from Hollins College in Roanoke, Va., in 1952, with a bachelor of science degree in physics. She met her future husband, Richard M. Rush, while working as a laboratory assistant to his aunt at the University of Virginia. She and Mr. Rush were married on June 25, 1955, and moved to Oak Ridge shortly thereafter. Mr. Rush, a former member of the Oak Ridge Board of Education, died in 1996.
Mrs. Rush became very involved in Oak Ridge activities as a civic leader and volunteer. Soon after moving here she joined the ORCMA Chorus and the choir at First Presbyterian Church and continued singing with both groups for many years. She also served as a member of the church Session from 1981 to 1983, and on the board of directors of the Oak Ridge Civic Music Association.
In 1979 she joined Altrusa International, serving the local organization as president in 1984 and 1985 and also as District Four treasurer from 1989 to 1991.
Mrs. Rush's proudest civic accomplishment, the family said, was being elected to City Council in 1987 and serving for 14 years. She had also been a member of numerous organizations and boards.
For the past six years, she had been a resident of Greenfield of Oak Ridge, where the family said she thoroughly enjoyed her time, making new friends and playing bridge.
The absolute love of her life was her only grandchild, Emily Lewis Jenkins of Oak Ridge, who survives her. Mrs. Rush is also survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Helen Lewis and Jimmy Jenkins of Oak Ridge; and her son and daughter-in-law, John and Laurie Thompson Rush who live on a horse farm in Walland; her brother, Walker Burton Paynter Jr. of Morristown; and 10 nieces and nephews.
Ali Swofford and Connie Larimer were considered special friends.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Methodist Medical Center for the loving care they gave Mrs. Rush during the last two weeks.
The family will receive friends from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at First Presbyterian Church in Oak Ridge. The funeral will start at 2 p.m. Saturday with the Reverend Sharon Youngs officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Memorial Park.
The family requests that any memorials be in the form of gifts to Altrusa International of Oak Ridge, P.O. Box 5763, Oak Ridge, TN 37831-5763; or to First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 6106, Oak Ridge, TN 37831.