Patricia Irene Bodkin

Patricia Irene Bodkin


Patricia Irene Bodkin, 85, of Edmond, Oklahoma was born October 1st, 1937 to Lela (Goff) and Zora Leaford Thornbrough at Rhea, Oklahoma.  She grew up on the Rhea farm and graduated from Leedey High school in 1955.  She attended SWOSU, Weatherford and graduated from Oklahoma General Hospital School of Nursing.  She married Donald Bodkin in 1958 at the Moorewood Baptist Church.  They lived in Clinton, Okla. And then moved to Raytown, Missouri.  They returned to Bethany in 1963.  She graduated from Physical Modulaties College as a R.N.T.   She worked part-time at Baptist Hospital. They moved to the farm in the Deer Creek community in 1970.  Every move their church attendance went with them.  Pat was always a member of the Oklahoma General Hospital school of Nursing.

During the 80’s and 90’s she was involved in the exotic animal world, making many good friends and raising many different kinds of animals.  She especially loved the Llamas.

She retired from the O.S. D. H. as director of the complaint department in 1991 after 25 years of service.  She volunteered at Cashion Elementary school, tutoring Reading and Math.  She started a Llama show group and speech group in 4-H club.  She won the Oklahoma “Volunteer of the year” award in 4-H in 2007.  She served as assistant for Boy Scout troup for 6 years.  Pat was a charter member of the Oklahoma Llama Ass’t from 1987 to present.  Her passion was teaching children (4yrs to 18 yrs) to show Llamas at State fairs, parades and visits to schools and other facilities. 

She loved her large extended family, helping with the family reunion in July.  She taught them how to water ski and in the winter time how to snow ski.  In 2012 medical and physical conditions forced a “slow-down”.  She still enjoyed basketball and Jeopardy.

Pat is survived by her husband, Don, married for 65 years., son , Kendall and wife Donna of Bonners Ferry, Idaho.  Son, Lyndall and wife Karen of Cashion, Oklahoma. Grandsons, Brady, Justin, Colby and Dustin.  Sister, Evalyene Williams of Leedey, Oklahoma, sister, Marlene  of Clinton, Oklahoma, Brother, Sam and wife Velda of Sayre, Oklahoma.  Sister-in-law, Sarah Thornbrough and Charlene Thornbrough, and  many wonderful nieces and nephews. 

Pat is preceded in death by her parents, Zora and Lela, Brothers, Dr. Leaford Thornbrough, and LeDon Thornbrough, sisters Gearlene  Follis and her husband Percy, and Janie Hire. 

She requested memorials be made to: Clinton Nursing Alumni Scholarship fund #3821 at SWOSU in Weatherford and also to the SWOSU foundation, 100 E. Campus Drive, Weatherford, Oklahoma 73096.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m., Monday, April 3, 2023 at the Cashion Baptist Church in Cashion, Oklahoma with burial to take place at 3:00 p.m. at the Arapaho Cemetery, Arapaho, Oklahoma.  Public visitation will be from 2-6 p.m., Sunday, April 2nd at Matthews Funeral Home Edmond, OK.

Services under the direction of Matthews Funeral Home and Cremation Service-Edmond.

1 thought on “Patricia Irene Bodkin”

  1. Lydia Follis

    To the Bodkin Family,
    I want to express my sympathy to all of you on the loss of Aunt Pat. I always enjoyed being around her and she was very good to me. She was such a hard worker and a positive influence on so many people. I was grateful that I got to see her in 2015 at my son’s wedding. It was so special that she was able to be there.
    Sending prayers of comfort to you all.
    Lydia Follis

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