Patricia "Pat" Kyser

Died: December 5, 2013
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Patricia (Pat) Hill Kyser passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 5, 2013, with her loving family at her bedside. She was predeceased by her parents, Harry and Leola Hill, brother and sister-in-law Ronald and Sonia Hill, and her beloved maternal grandparents Arthur and Eva Cope. Pat will be sadly missed by her loving husband of 58 years Leslie Kyser; her loving daughter and son-in-law Allison and David Wood, a loving son and daughter-in-law Eric and Carol Kyser; loving grandsons David and Michael Wood and loving granddaughter Erinn Wood. Pat is also survived by many special nieces and nephews; the children and grandchildren of her much loved and sadly missed sisters-in-law Helen Sheldon, Barbara Carr, and Phyllis Jones. Pat was born in Syracuse, NY. She graduated from Minoa High School in 1951 and after graduating from CCBI business school in Syracuse she changed course and worked as an EKG technician to raise enough money to pursue her passion to become a nurse. In 1953 she enrolled in the Auburn Memorial Hospital nurses training program and upon graduating in 1956 she received the school’s annual scholarship award for “proficiency in theory and practice”. She passed the RN licensing exam shortly after graduation. Although she worked only briefly as a nurse, giving it up to raise a family and support her husband, she has never regretted her switch to nursing and is rightly proud of her accomplishment. Pat was equally proud of the successes academically and professionally of her family. Pat enjoyed many activities and had a number of hobbies. Probably her favorite activities were watching her children and grandchildren pursuing their interests in sports and band. She loved listening to music, playing the piano and demonstrating her moves on the dance floor. In this past year she had great times at the Friday afternoon dance parties at her assisted living facility where the other residents and staff were entertained with her enthusiasm for dancing. She also enjoyed bowling and especially her good friends on the team. She loved visiting historical sites like Williamsburg. Her hobbies included reading, antiquing, refinishing, auctions, needlework, coin collecting, and genealogy. She always had a bible nearby and read from it frequently. Her favorite colors were the patriotic red, white, and blue. She was a great cook – her potato salad was sometimes challenged but never beaten! Pat especially loved to go out to eat and ALWAYS follow it with a chocolate ice cream! Pat loved people and loved to compliment them to make their day. She had many friends. She was a great listener and people often came to her for advice and counsel as they knew she was one that could give good advice and always maintain confidentiality. Her favorite quote was “The grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.” She had all three.
The family would like to thank the staff at the Willow Point Nursing Home for their loving care. In accordance with Pat’s wishes private services will be held at the convenience of her family. Family and friends are invited to visit at the Allen Memorial Home, 511-513 East Main Street, Endicott, on Monday December 9, 2013 from 4-6 PM. In lieu of flowers expressions of sympathy in Pat’s memory may be made to the American Heart Association.

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Date: Monday, December 9, 2013

Time: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


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DICK MOYNIHAN posted on 12/7/13



Mike & Debbie Edmonds posted on 12/12/13

Eric & Carol ... so sorry to hear of Eric's mother's passing. While I never met her, from Eric's Dad's memorial comments she sounds like a wonderful lady who had a fantastic life and who surely passed her love of life on to her family ... Eric for sure! We know you're hurting now but hope reflecting on her life gives you comfort during this time. Take care dear friend and know you and she are in our thoughts. Mike & Debbie Edmonds


Rick & Jan Bradshaw posted on 12/11/13

Dear old friend Eric, So very sorry to learn of your mom's passing. I'm sure these are difficult times, but please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prays. Best regards, Rick & Jan Bradshaw P.S. We make your mom's carrot cake every holiday season!


Don and Mary DeGraeve posted on 12/10/13

Dearest Eric, Carol and Kyser family, You are in our thoughts as you celebrate your mom's long life. My your stories and warm memories comfort you at this difficult time. Hope you can feel the love we are sending to you all. With friendship, Don and Mary DeGraeve


Marshall posted on 12/9/13

Dear Kyser Family, My most sincere thoughts for the loss of your Mother Pat. I know these are very trying times and as a long time friend of Eric I wanted to let you know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers. Warmly, Marshall Gobuty


Ed Schwarz posted on 12/9/13

Les, Please know the empathy of a long term friend at this lifetime crossroad. Even now however, may we both count the many parallel blessings of a long life shared with our life mates. I wish to you comfort, emotional support, and fulfillment in the blessings of a successful marriage, embraced by loving children, grandchildren and our shared Christian hope of eternal life together. In His name, Ed Schwarz


Shari Lewis posted on 12/9/13

met Pat when she was staying at Emeritrus with my mom She always made me smile very Special lady Rest in Peace.


Debbi posted on 12/8/13

Will miss you, Aunt Pat. So happy Mom and I were able to get to visit you twice this past summer. Mom will be waiting for you at heavens door. Love you always.


susan lenza ketcha posted on 12/8/13

We will miss you very much.


Millie and Gene Hole posted on 12/7/13

My memories are many my sorrow great..My parents home was always open to her when we shared our years at AMH as her parents home was open to me...Her parents and grandparents so gracious to me. My prayers are with Patti s family and friends at this time. Patti was my Matron of Honor 57 years ago and I was a bridesmaid for her when she was married..58 years ago..Our friendship is one I cherish..


Les Kyser posted on 12/17/13

THANK YOU PAT Thank you for saying “Yes” when I asked you if you’d like a ride home from our Senior Play practice. That’s where it all began and my life was forever blessed. Thank you for that first date. Sorry about getting home so late and upsetting your Mom. I don’t think she ever did buy into the failed car battery story. Thank you for sticking with me in those years after high school graduation while you were in nurse’s training and I was pursuing an engineering degree. Oh Yeah there was some sparring back and forth but we always knew we’d end up at the altar and spend the rest of our lives together. Thank you for marrying me. It paralleled the births of our children for the happiest day of my life. Thank you for making our first house, at 41 O’Kane Street in Central Islip, a home. It was four rooms and a bath with central heating (one register in the middle of the living room floor) and well over priced at $85/month. It was our dream home when you finished decorating it and putting everything in the right place. Thank you for raising our children. I’m confident those who know Allison and Eric would agree you did a superb job. Thank you for being such a great Wife, Mother, and Grandmother. Thank you for the love you had for your parents and grandparents and for my parents and sisters. You were so close to all my sisters they were truly your sisters as well. Thank you for all the great food you prepared over the years. You were a super cook. Thank you for sharing and maintaining our present house for the last 50 years. It is full of many memories and reminders of you that will keep me company as long as I’m here. Thank you for your unending love the past 63 years. Thank you for your magnificent smile. Over the past year, while you were in the assisted living facility and the nursing home, your smile was even more special. As I visited each day I looked forward to being greeted with your smile that, as so many have said, just lit up the room. It was a smile you’d give to someone you hadn’t seen for years, but you did it for me almost every day and I loved seeing it. I know the day will come when I’ll see your smile again and until that day I’ll do my best to remember the last time I saw it. Until we meet again I’ll be thinking of you and celebrating the great life we had on Earth as I look forward to an even better time in Heaven. Save a place for me next to you. With All My Love, As Always - Les