Patricia Hoig

November 28, 1931 – July 4, 2017

Patricia Ann Corbell was born in Okmulgee, OK on November 28, 1931. and passed away on Tuesday, July 4, 2017. She grew up in Okmulgee and attended Oklahoma A&M College where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in 1953. Shortlyhoig, patricia before graduating, she married the love of her life, Stanley W. Hoig, and upon graduation, moved to Tulsa where their son Mel was born in 1955. In 1956 they moved to Houston, where they added Lisa and Brent to the family.

Upon moving back to Oklahoma in 1964, Pat taught at various elementary schools in the metro area, predominantly in the Edmond Public School District. She never felt that she worked for a living because she loved her job teaching elementary students to sing and develop a love for music that she hoped would last a lifetime. Pat retired in 1987 and worked with Stan as he followed his passion of researching and writing historical nonfiction books, publishing 26 in total over the span of 51 years. Stan’s accomplishments were not his alone; Pat tirelessly typed, proofread, and assisted in the completion of every manuscript written by Stan. Pat’s passions included her husband, of course, and her children and grandchildren. She loved to sing and sew, and found her greatest joy in being with her four older sisters, their families, and her husband, children, and grandchildren. Pat welcomed all visitors into her home and once introduced, they also became family; she became mother or grandmother to any and all.

She is survived by her sons Mel and Brent of Edmond; daughter, Lisa Provenzano and husband Anthony of Edmond; ten grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Pat is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Stanley; her four sisters, Martha, Ruth, Helen, and Betty; nieces Jackie and Judy.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, July 15, 2017, at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Edmond, OK. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the UCO Foundation, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, or the charity of your choice. Services are under the direction of Matthews Funeral Home, Edmond, OK.


  1. Mrs Hoig was my music teacher at Will Rogers Elementary in Edmond from 1973-1978. She taught my brother and sister also. My family just loved her and family gatherings will often have us breaking into the songs that she taught us. She was a beautiful woman and wonderful music teacher. I know she will be greatly missed.

    • Thank you so much for your kind words, Cathy. Knowing that she touched your family both then and now would bless Mom so much.

  2. Aunt Pat you will be missed. You have become an angel that I know will be watching over your family and those that loved you . You were so special to me and Joe. God blessed us to be able to have had visits and fun times talking and listening to music together. I feel a tremendous loss not having you here in the now. But I pray we will see your sweet smile greeting us in time. Heaven has a true angel in its midst. Joe and DeDe

    • Thank you DeDe. She loved and thought the world of you, Joe, and your boys. You blessed her right back, cousin.

  3. OHS ’49 classmates remember Pat as ‘that tall statuesque girl with golden red hair and a beautiful singing voice”. Friendships developed during elementary and high school days remained through college, married life, raising a family, teaching and assisting her husband with his writing career. Those early friendships were never forgotten and continued over a period of 65 years through correspondence, phone calls, emails, small group get-togethers and six class reunions Pat, and several OHS ’49 Keynote members proved they were still in tune singing songs reminiscent of high school days during one of those last reunions in Okmulgee.
    Travel distance, health, age are all determining factors as to how many 49ers can attend Pat’s service; therefore, in lieu of flowers or personal appearance, a donation has been made to The Botanic Garden at OSU in Pat’s name. Our last formal class reunion was held in Stillwater…we did a campus windshield tour then spent the afternoon lunching and visiting in the tranquility of the beautiful gardens. Pat was an OSU graduate and I think this gift would please her.

    • Thank you, Jeneane! How beautifully you captured Mom’s life. She would be thrilled to know this donation is being made in her memory. My dad gardened extensively (that man could get anything to grow). This gift honors them both! Thank you again. And I really enjoyed our talk!

  4. She was my music teacher at Clegern Elementary from about 1966 through 6th grade. I learned my States from Fifty Nifty United States, and still burst into a rendition of “A Shooting Star is Not A Star” at a moment’s notice. ? I still think of her, and she will be missed.

    • Thank you, Lesa, for your sweet remembrance of Mom. I think many of Edmond still knows their 50 states simply because Mom took the time to teach it. She loved what she did and I’m thankful her students till remember her fondly.

  5. Mrs. Hoig, the best music teacher in the world. Loved her class at Clegren and my mom loved her so much. RIP Pat?

    • Thank you, Tim. I have such wonderful memories of your parents as well. Mom and Dad really loved them and spent many hours playing cards and entertaining each other 🙂 So sad to see those days long gone. I hope you are well.

  6. Mrs. Hoig was a huge part of my life as a child. She was my music teacher at Will Rogers and I kept in touch with her well after that. She encouraged me to continue in music well past elementary school. Thanks to her I have continued a love of music still to this day. What a gift she has given me. What a gift she gave all of her students. I am sorry for your loss and wish you peace in this hard time.

    • Thank you so much for sharing with us what a positive impact she had on you. I’m sure your contact with her over the years really blessed her.

  7. Mrs. Hoig was also a huge part of my life as a child. She was my music teacher at Will Rogers from ’73-’78. I developed a love of music that I still have to this day. I just wish my children had experienced a teacher with her love and enthusiasm for music. I am sorry for your loss and wish you peace in this hard time.

    • Thank you, Ellen. I’m sure your enthusiastic response blessed her right back! Thank you for sharing!

  8. She was my music teacher at Clegern Elementary around 1966 or so. I couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket but I couldn’t wait for her to get there. She made singing so much fun and she taught us so much history while learning our “Americana” songs… just two days ago I was talking about her while watching a special on the Erie Canal …in fact started singing the song and everyone was shocked I knew the words. I said ” My music teacher Mrs. Hoig taught us that!” She taught us so much and she was always so joyful…I’m so thankful for her. Her beautiful spirit will be missed!

    • It makes me so happy to know she reached so many people and helped you in particular develop a love for music, actually making it fun! I know students like you made her love her job even more. Thank you for sharing!

  9. Mrs. Hoig was my music teacher when I attended Clegern ES in the mid-60s to early-70s and is still one of my favorite teachers of all time. She made music class so much fun and had the patience of a saint with those of us who could not sing. I can still remember many of the songs we learned, especially the Fifty-Nifty United States song, which impresses the students at the elementary school where I work. She had such an amazing gift and her students were truly blessed as her love for children and music came through in every lesson. I am so sorry for your loss and my thoughts and prayers are with your family.

    • Thank you, Marie. I am really glad you have such awesome memories of Mom. I know her students blessed her immensely. Thank you for being a part of that.

  10. I went to Will Rogers from about 1977-1982. I remember racing out to “Morning Exercises”, where we did the Pledge of Allegiance and sang several songs to start the day. I still sing “Fifty Nifty United States” in my head when trying to remember the states alphabetically. I remember our class doing “Oklahoma”. I remember around every Halloween, we’d watch/listen to the “Dance Macabre” filmstrip. Mrs. Hoig introduced us to so many things musically, which had an impact on my love for listening to and playing music today. She was a very special lady, and it sounds like she made an impact on thousands. What a legacy! Prayers for her family, and peace for them in knowing how many lives she touched. We should all strive to do the same.

    • Gosh, Dave, you beautifully describe Mom. I am so blessed that you have such fond memories and carry such an important part of her eithbhou still! Thsnk you, sir.

    • …with you… not that odd combination of letters toward the end!!!

  11. I had the awesome experience of having Mrs. Hoig as my music teacher at Will Rogers Elementary from 1980-1985. You cannot think of Will Rogers without thinking of her! Our girls sing some of the fun songs that she taught us back then. Fifty Nifty United States, Hagalena Magalena, and Don’t Put Your Dust in My Dustpan will always remind me of her. Your mom was a a fun lady that made every child feel special and loved. She was truly a gift! I’m very sorry for your loss.

    • Thank you for letting us know how special she was to you. She loved her job and remembered the same wonderful memories you share throughout her life.

  12. Pat and Stan both had a huge impact on me and my life. Pat was my music teacher at Will Rogers from “72 – “74. She even convinced me to sing a solo at a voice competition when I was a whipper-snapper. Loved her a ton and I’m sorry to hear of her passing. I think of her often!

    Stan had an impact on me posthumously. I’ve always wanted to open an Oklahoma history based restaurant at the Ice House in Edmond. Every stitch of history I found was written by him. The dream lives on through the Hoigs!

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