Patricia Lucille Rushin, 71, of Jackson, passed away peacefully Sunday, July 17, 2016, at her daughter’s home in Jackson, following a courageous four-plus year battle with cancer.

The oldest of five children, Pat was born August 25, 1944, in Cape Girardeau, to Vernon and Charlotte Walther Auer.  She and Jack D. Rushin were married April 21, 1979.  They had been married 24 years when Jack passed away October 18, 2003.

Patricia attended St. Mary’s grade school and was a 1962 graduate of Notre Dame High School.  She pursued an education and career in nursing, graduating from St. John’s School of Nursing in 1965.  Her passion for helping and teaching others served her well in the nursing field as she worked in St. Louis, then down to Broward County Memorial Hospital in Florida, before finally returning to her roots, where she finished out her 50-year nursing career at Southeast Hospital and St. Francis Medical Center.  During her career, she staffed nearly every imaginable position, ranging from direct patient care where everyone agreed her compassion and spirit shone through best, to education – passing on her knowledge and technique to new generations of nurses, as well as supervisory roles like House & Shift Supervisor and the Head of Infection Control.

As impressive as her nursing career was, it was her devotion and trust in the Catholic faith that made her such a remarkable person.  She was a member of Immaculate Conception Church in Jackson, serving many years as lector and Eucharistic Minister and previously sitting on the Parish Council.  In November of 1997, she helped start a Thursday night Rosary group that still meets weekly.  She was also a member of the Saint Francis de Sales Prayer Group.

While Pat’s remarkable faith and career would be more than fulfilling to most people, neither were her greatest joy.  She reserved that special honor for her family.  The love and affection she bestowed upon all of her children and grandchildren will forever affect them.  Her gentle nature and caring soul shone through in all she did for them, and her passing leaves a huge hole in their lives.

Loving survivors include two sons, Dr. Jack “Duke” Rushin, wife Teresa, and children, Richard Jack “R.J.” and Shelby of Poplar Bluff; Richard Rushin, wife Debby, and children, Rachael, Jill, Ben and Jackson of Jackson; three daughters, Kathy Bierman, husband Doug, and daughter Lacy of Seymour, Ind.; Stephanie Jackson, husband Steve, and children, Elizabeth, Emily, and Alex of Rolla, Mo.; Kim Baker, husband Mark, and children Austin, Tori, and Ryan of Jackson.

Also surviving are three siblings, Judy (Bob) Stricker of Cape Girardeau, Mary (the late Jim) Sturm of St. Louis, and Andy (Gail) Auer of Cape Girardeau.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, John Auer; and two nephews Michael Stricker and Johnny Auer.

Visitation will be Wednesday, July 20, 2016, from 4 to 8 p.m., at Immaculate Conception Church in Jackson.  Deacon Walter Biri will lead Parish Prayers at 7:00 p.m, immediately followed with a Rosary led by her Thursday night Rosary group.

Funeral Mass will be Thursday, July 21, 2016, at 11:00 a.m., at the church, with Father David Hulshof officiating.  Burial will follow in Russell Heights Cemetery in Jackson.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to Immaculate Conception Building Fund or Birthright.

Arrangements by McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson.

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16 Comments
  1. JanetBrase

    Please accept my sympathy. Pat was a wonderful person!

  2. Debbie Heise

    Please accept my condolences. Pat was such a great person. She taught me many things, working with her many years at SFMC. She will be missed.

  3. Susan Montgomery Smith

    I knew Pat(Patty) from childhood. We attended each others birthdays and played together. Our parents were friends. I attended St. Vincent’s Grade School and Patty attended St. Mary’s, but many of us had friends in both schools. Through the years, Patty and I lost touch but I was aware of her wonderful service to others through her chosen field of nursing. She led a most admirable life and will be missed by many. I offer heartfelt condolences to the family and pray that God will hold you close as you attempt to heal.

  4. Robin Goehman

    I lived next door to Pat and Jack years ago. They were both wonderful people and great neighbors. My kids used to love going over to their house just to visit with them. My prayers go out to the family.

  5. Dee Maupin

    Thoughts and prayers for all the Rushin family! Pat was one of the finest and gentlest souls I have known! She leaves a huge void!

  6. Julie

    Lovely lady. I was privileged to have met her. My deepest sympathies to her family.

  7. Ellen Deiermann

    My thoughts and prayers are with Pat’s family. Pat was a wonderful friend and helper to my mother, Niki Daoukas before she passed away in 2011. I will forever remember Pat’s kindness to my sister’s and I after my mother passed away. I am grateful that she no longer is in pain and is in heaven with my mother.

  8. Tara Halcomb

    So much love to all of you from our Salesian heart.
    Love you always, Pat.

  9. Joe Huskey and Carole Smith

    We will miss Pat in our exercise class. She was always concerned about the health and needs of others even when her own health was going downhill. She was a faithful prayer warrior for anyone who needed prayer . We will be thinking and praying for Pat’s children , her sister Judy and all of the rest of the family during this difficult time.

  10. Lance Morgan

    She is truly a remarkable soul
    R.I.P. Pat

    Lance

  11. Pat Fornkohl

    Pat was such a sweet and gentle soul. It was a blessing to know her. I will miss her beautiful smile!

  12. Ken Minner

    Pat was my neighbor. She was without a doubt the sweetest and kindest person I’ve ever met. I always looked forward to her smile and wave.

  13. Linda Rushin Mills Peck

    Loved the times I shared with Pat, especially at Rushin family reunions. She loved the Lord, her family, & her fellow man, & she had a servant’s heart. She’ll be missed in this life, but I thank God we have eternity to share when we’re in Christ.

  14. Donna Frye

    Pay was a wonderful, kind and loving person.
    My thoughts & prayers to her family & especially to my dear friend Kim.

  15. Roberta

    My heart is sad at our loss of Pat, but Heaven’s gain. She was a wonderful person with whom to work: compassionate, always looking out for what her patients snd colleagues needed. Godspeed, my friend.

  16. lisa sneed boswell

    Our deepest condolences to Pat’s family members,from her freinds at SFMC Arthritis Aquatics ; Lisa Boswell,Shirley Young, Peggy Barks and many others. We will miss her gentle nature and friendly smile.God bless the family at this time of loss.

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