Patricia Ann Rose Goehring


Patricia Ann Rose Goehring began her compassionate life in Poplar Bluff, Mo. on March 19, 1952, born to Darrell and Ruby Rose. She spent her adolescence and early adulthood in Dallas where she was an active member of the Junior Achievement Society and received multiple awards and citations. Patti was also an accomplished musician, pursuing clarinet and choir.
In that time, she met and married James Ray Brannon. In 1972, they had a child, Samuel Douglas Brannon. Patti attended nursing school at San Antonio College and became a registered nurse. In 1977, Patti and James divorced, and she lived the life of a single mother for several years.
Then, one day while swimming in Austin, she met Duke Goehring. She married Duke on May 31, 1980 in Austin. Patti called Duke her best friend. They lived in Austin, Round Rock, Houston, and finally settled permanently in Yorktown. Patti and Duke had two children, Chad and Katie.
Patti and Duke dearly loved their family. Patti spent many days working music festivals at Quiet a Valley Ranch near Kerrville. She often took her children to the Folk Festival and the Bluegrass Fest as well as many Austin area family events like Safari Days, the Aqua Festival, and the annual Boat Races.
Patti had a highly accomplished career as a psychiatric nurse. She graduated with a master’s degree in nursing, and was recognized as the most outstanding student of her class. She was the founding member of the Victoria Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau the Honor Society of Nursing. Patti helped design and implement a new computer system for electronic medical records for the Devereux Foundation that is used nationwide. She was a founding member of the Nursing Honor Society for the University of Houston at Victoria. She became the only non-M.D. speaker at the American Psychiatric Nurse Convention at Carnegie Mellon University. Patti’s writing was published in several medical textbooks. She had a special passion for working with alcoholics and drug addicts. Her work affected hundreds if not thousands of people. She saved countless lives and brought countless alcoholics and drug addicts back from the brink of death.
Patti’s compassion can also be seen through her numerous volunteer work. Her volunteer activities include helping with the Red Cross, Austin Police Department Crisis Mental Health, and Community Action Committee in Victoria. In addition, she served as a Girl Scout Brownie leader and a Cub Scout leader. 
Patti passed away on Christ the King Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013 from cancer.
Patti is survived by her husband, Duke; sisters: Sherma Deathridge, Rometa Tomlinson, and Sharon Webber; children: Samuel Brannon, his wife Emily, Chad Goehring, his wife Tiffany, and Katie Goehring; Grandchildren: Clara Rose Brannon and Stella Brannon; additional family members include: Geraldine Goehring, Howard and Ginger Goehring, Jenny Carter, Glen and Kathy Goehring, and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
Visitation will be 4-6 p.m. Wednesday Nov. 27 at Massey Funeral Home. Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 29 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Ander. Interment will follow at St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery in Yorktown.
You are invited to sign the online guest book at
Donations or memorials in lieu of flowers may be sent to the Devereux Foundation Development Office, 444 Devereux Drive, Villanova, PA 19085 or Saint Peter Lutheran Church, 1545 East FM 1961 Goliad, TX 77963 or Saint Paul Lutheran Church, PO Box 245 Yorktown, TX 78164.
Arrangements by Massey Funeral Home, Yorktown, 361-564-2900.
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