Patricia J. Livers, 79 of Clay City, IN, affectionately known as "Pat" or "Patty" -- or the lady with silver hair who walks her little black dog and lives in the big white house on 4th St., in Clay City, IN., passed away quietly in hospice care at her home on Aug. 21, 2005.
Born July 7, 1926, in DuQuoin, IL, she came to Clay City with her family, in 1939 when her father Patrick L. Livers was hired as a drag line operator with the Mariah Hill Coal Company. Patricia is a 1944 graduate of Clay City High School. During high school, she worked as a linotype operator and printer's assistant for Ms. Ella Grahams at the Clay City News. Following high school, she attended Mount St. Joseph Academy in Maple Mount, Kentucky and Indiana State Teacher's College (ISTC) now ISU in Terre Haute, IN.
After completing her studies, Patricia taught school in a one room school for a time in southeast Missouri. Later, she was employed for a few years as a case worker by the Clay County Welfare Department in Brazil, IN.
Ultimately, Patricia entered government service as a Social Security representative in New Albany, IN. A challenging career ensued in the Social Security Administration (SSA) with career assignments from the Midwestern cities of Muncie, IN., Peoria, IL. , Chicago, IL., Cleveland, OH., and Kansas City, KS., to the opposing coastal cities of Baltimore-Washington, D.C., and San Francisco, CA. As she relocated, Patricia progressed to the rank of Commissioner, SSA, becoming the first female in the United States approved by the President to occupy one of only 10 such Federal positions available.
Although she made many job-related moves to a variety of desirable locations during her career; Clay City, IN., remained the 'home base' where her family continued to reside and the place where she and her brothers and sister returned regularly for renewal. Consequently, when Patricia retired as Director of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) under Joseph Califano, Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare (HEW) in 1979, she returned to Clay City to reside in the family home with parents Patrick L. and Kathlyn F. Livers.
As a full-time resident of Clay City following retirement, Patricia purchased and operated the former Clay City Laundromat. She also served as head of the Clay City Town Council for several years. During her stint as a small business owner, Pat sponsored little league teams and became a faithful supporter of the Clay City Eels basketball team. Sometimes in a humorous manner, she would refer to herself as a curmudgeon; she was anything but! Those fortunate enough to know her personally, loved her for her veracity, courage and quiet leadership ability. She was recognized as a wise and respected source of counsel and often served as a mentor to family and friends alike.
An admirer of Susan B. Anthony and Amelia Earhart among others, Patricia was an early champion of fairness for the less fortunate and a strong supporter of all reasonable efforts directed toward improving the pre-1964 plight of both women and minorities. True to her ideals, throughout her career, she assisted in shaping today's attitude of equal opportunity, where all capable individuals can compete for a chance to pursue the full measure of their potential.
Her life reflected a deep philosophy: to always be honest, work hard, pursue knowledge and experience and with modesty, compassion and sincerity strive consistently to make the world a better place for all mankind.
Intelligent and articulate, Patricia enjoyed doing the daily and Sunday New York Times crossword puzzles in ink. Extremely well read, her interests ranged from golf, sports cars and travel, to a life-long love of newspapers, literature, poetry and music; especially operas and Irish folk songs.
An avid football fan, Pat has always supported her favorite team; Notre Dame-- regularly displaying their insignia on her signature ball cap, a familiar sight around Clay City and environs that will now sadly be missed by all!
Patricia was preceded in death by her (Mother) Kathlyn Frances, (Father) Patrick Leo Livers and one brother (shortly after birth) Thomas N Livers.
Surviving are her brothers and sister: David Richard "Dick" Livers and spouse Mary Frances (Crist) Livers of Lafayette, IN. Jon Michael "Mick" Livers and spouse Patricia Ann (Devlin) Livers of Chapel Hill, NC., Penelope Kaye "Penny" (Livers) Hiestand and spouse, Da Hiestand of China Spring, TX. Also surviving are nieces and nephews: Mary Elizabeth (Livers) Springmeier, spouse Mark Springmeier of Geneva, NY., Kathryn Ann Livers of Washington D.C., Thomas Nathaniel Livers, spouse Tracy (Moneypenny) Livers, Chapel Hill, NC., Sean Timothy Livers of Terre Haute, IN., Ian Patrick Livers of Lafayette, IN. Grand nieces: Haley Alexis Livers and Jenna Elizabeth Livers of Chapel Hill, NC.
Patricia was a member of the congregation at Annunciation Catholic Church, Brazil, IN.
Services will be held Tuesday at 3:00pm at Schoppenhorst Funeral Home with Father Joe Villa officiating. Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 1-3pm.
The family requests that no flowers be sent and that donations be directed to any of the following organizations in Patricia's name: Hospice of Wasbash Valley, IN, Breast Cancer Susan G. Komen Foundation, Clay County Humane Society or the American Heart Association