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Patricia Lee BOSTICK

Female 1931 - 2012  (80 years)


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  • Name Patricia Lee BOSTICK 
    Born 30 Oct 1931  Durham, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 5 Sept 2012 
    • Patricia Bostick Farris

      PATRICIA BOSTICK FARRIS: Educator and Civil Rights Activist.

      PATRICIA BOSTICK FARRIS, 80, of Tallahassee FL died on September 5th, 2012, at Clare Bridge after a long battle with lung disease, followed by dementia.

      Born October 30, 1931 in Durham, NC, to Zoa Lee Powers (nee Heywood) and Wade Huntsman Bostick, Pat was raised in Durham and Washington DC. As a child, she loved reading, recycling scrap metal for World War II and her electric trains.

      Pat Farris loved justice and knowledge. Concerned about racial intolerance since childhood, she joined civil rights activists in Gainesville FL in the 1960s, holding leadership positions in Gainesville Women for Equal Rights, Alachua County Democratic Executive Committee, Florida State Democratic Executive Committee, League of Women Voters, Democratic Women's Club, and the Gainesville chapter of the National Organization for Women.
      Working with these groups, she helped achieve the goals of ending racial segregation and integrating workplaces, schools and restaurants. Politically she worked to elect the first black men and women to city and county offices, winning more rights for women, and reforming local government.
      Pat remained proud of her 1968 arrest with other Gainesville activists for blocking Main Street during a sit-in protesting the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.

      Her love of knowledge led Pat to earn a BA in Political Science and Journalism from the University of Alabama, where she was the first woman editor of the student newspaper, and was a member of the Theta Sigma Phi honor society and Kappa Delta.

      At UA, she fell in love with her political science professor, Charles Detyens Farris, and after living and working in Paris, she married him in 1953 in Durham, NC. After the birth of their two children, the family moved from Tuscaloosa AL to Gainesville FL in 1958.

      Charles died in 1969. Left with two children to support, Pat both worked and attended graduate school full-time. Yet she remained the strength and heart of her beloved children, then 11 and 13.

      Pat earned an MA in Sociology from the University of Florida in 1972, then moved to Tallahassee in 1977 where she completed the coursework for a PhD in Sociology from Florida State University, and earned a Master of Library Science from FSU.
      In 1980 she married agronomist Donald Albert Berger in Gainesville, FL. The couple then moved to Cameroon, West Africa for Don's agricultural research.

      Pat's degrees and diverse interests allowed her a wide range of employment.
      In Alabama she worked as a journalist. In Gainesville in the UF Dept.
      of Psychiatry, she was field coordinator of a multi-year study that evaluated mental health needs and services. She then directed a multi-year study of mortality in Alachua County. Both resulted in well-received research papers. Pat taught sociology and other social sciences at Santa Fe Community College and Tallahassee Community College.
      To share her love of books, she became a reference librarian at the University of Southern Alabama Medical School in Mobile, the Fort Lauderdale College in Tallahassee, the State Library of Florida and the First District Court of Appeal.

      Fascinated by the world's people and cultures, Pat was an intrepid and fearless global traveler.
      She lived in Paris twice in the early 1950s and traveled throughout post-war Europe. With husband Don, she took over 30 trips to 38 countries on four continents. Her wide-ranging travels took her from Mozambique to Tibet, India to Indonesia, China to Egypt, returning five times to her beloved Paris.
      An ardent supporter of the arts, Pat loved music from Beethoven to The Beatles, modern art (particularly Matisse and Chagall), museums and theater in New York, and film. From her travels she collected textiles, carvings and other arts.

      Pat was passionate about the outdoors, canoeing the rivers of North Florida, snorkeling reefs of the Florida Keys, and hiking the Smoky Mountains. Her favorite spot to relax was the beach at St. George Island.

      A voracious reader, Pat never missed the New Yorker magazine. International novels by women authors revealing the challenges of being female in their homeland held particular resonance with Pat in her later years.

      With her gift for friendship, Pat remained close with friends from her book clubs and the Tuesday Coffee Group, where she was known for her intelligence, dry wit, unshakeable loyalty and camaraderie. With a strong opinion and sense of conviction, Pat reveled in spirited discussions on any topic.

      Patricia Farris will be deeply missed by her husband of 32 years, Donald Berger (Tallahassee FL) who cared for her every need to the end; daughter, Lee Farris and her husband Bill Morse (Cambridge MA); son, Charles Jr. (Chuck) Farris and his wife Marianne Armshaw Farris (Hollywood FL); sister Lane Derby (Mt. Pleasant SC); and five adult step-grandchildren.
      She is pre-deceased by her first husband, Charles Farris Sr. (Gainesville, FL).
      A celebration of the extraordinary life of Patricia Bostick Farris will be held 2pm Saturday, November 17, 2012 at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 2810 North Meridian, Tallahassee FL.

      In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to National Public Radio at http://www.npr.org/stations/donate/. Online condolences can be offered at http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/DignityMemorial/guestbook.aspx?n=patricia-farris&pid=159853782
    Person ID I671953387  Johnson & Hanson
    Last Modified 1 Oct 2012 

    Father Wade Huntsman BOSTICK,   b. 11 Aug 1907, Pochow, Anhwei Province, China Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Aug 1984, Bibb, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Mother Zoa Lee HAYWOOD,   b. 16 Aug 1907,   d. 11 Jan 1978  (Age 70 years) 
    Divorced 1937 
    Family ID F565968036  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Charles Detyens FARRIS,   b. 15 Sep 1914, Jacksonville, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Feb 1969, Gainesville, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years) 
    Children 
     1. P.L. FARRIS
     2. C.D. FARRIS, Jr
    Last Modified 1 Oct 2012 
    Family ID F565968037  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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