Patricia Ruthann DeLuche was born in Pueblo, Colorado on February 25, 1944, to Paul Robert Petry and Elizy Faye Kirgan Petry.
When Patsy was one and a half her mom and dad were divorced. When she was three her mom remarried John Hutchinson. (Daddy).
Patsy attended elementary school in a two-room schoolhouse in Beulah, Colorado, and went to junior high and high school in Pueblo, CO.
Patsy was married to John Mackey in 1960. They had three wonderful boys. Twins James and John and little brother Troy. James died in a tragic accident when the twins were 15 months old.
Patsy cultivated a career in transportation getting her CDL. She drove eighteen-wheelers coast to coast for Coors Brewing Company. She worked for Alpine Tours and in 1984 she was sent to Los Angeles to drive the Finnish track team during the Olympic Games. When she returned to Denver she went to work for Denver Mobility transporting special needs adults in the Denver area.
Denver Mobility sent Patsy to Alamosa in 1987 to the Colorado Department of Education seminar that trained drivers to become driver trainers. There she met her future husband Don DeLuche who was the instructor for that seminar. Patsy moved to Durango and transported special needs children for School District 9-R for 12 years.
Patsy was preceded in death by son James, mother Elzy Faye, father Robert, stepfather John Hutchinson, brothers Van and Jack.
She is survived by husband Don, brother Chuck, sons John (Linda) and Troy (Nina), 16 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren at last count.
Patsy touched the hearts of many families with her compassion and grace. God Bless.
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Published by The Durango Herald on Aug. 18, 2020.