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On Septem­ber 4, 2017, La­bor Day morn­ing in the pres­ence of her sec­ond old­est daugh­ter Leah; Mother Pa­tri­cia Ann Wal­lace an­swered the Master’s call and de­parted this life at her res­i­dence in Prince Ge­orge County, Va.

Pa­tri­cia Ann Wal­lace, was born on Fe­bru­ary 28, 1947, in Brunswick County, Va., to the late Everett Jones and Rev. Gra­cie Lee Gibbs. Pa­tri­cia was the old­est out of six chil­dren and was raised by her mom and Mr. Joseph Gibbs.

Dur­ing Pa­tri­cia’s early years of life at the age of six, she learned how to play the pi­ano taught by her mom. At that ten­der age, it was noted that God had given Pa­tri­cia a spe­cial gift to play by ear as she learned how to read the notes. Also in her young years, she ac­cepted the Lord as her per­sonal sav­ior. Pa­tri­cia re­ceived her ed­u­ca­tion from the Din­wid­die County Schools where she grad­u­ated at South­side High School in 1966. Due to her health is­sues dur­ing her youth, she was still able to over­come and was very ac­tive in school par­tic­u­larly in the Jour­nal­ism Club.

Af­ter grad­u­a­tion, Pa­tri­cia moved to Wash­ing­ton, DC, in 1967, where her fa­ther paid for her to at­tend Kelly Ser­vices to get cer­ti­fi­ca­tions as a sec­re­tary and court re­porter. At that time she met and mar­ried Wil­liam Mullen in 1968, to that union two chil­dren were born, Noelle Mullen and Leah Dar­lene Mullen. While her hus­band was serv­ing in the mil­i­tary ser­vice they re­lo­cated to Colorado Springs, Colo., and Detroit, Mich. Dur­ing the time of re­lo­ca­tion, she was a stay at home wife and mother that cared for her two chil­dren while she helped pre­pare mil­i­tary para­chutes along­side her mother-in-law, Shirley Jack­son for the Viet­nam War.

In 1974, Pa­tri­cia re­lo­cated back to Wash­ing­ton, DC, where she gained em­ploy­ment with DC Pub­lic School Sys­tem within the Trans­porta­tion Unit. As a cou­ple of years passed, Pa­tri­cia started her fed­eral ca­reer at the United States Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture. Af­ter giv­ing over 30 years of ser­vice to the fed­eral gov­ern­ment, Pa­tri­cia re­tired in Jan­uary 2010. In her ten­ure at Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture, she re­ceived nu­mer­ous merit and cash awards. Pa­tri­cia was very tal­ented, ef­fec­tive and ef­fi­cient to the point in her work that she was se­lected to fill in at the White House Sec­re­tary Poll, dur­ing Pres­i­dent Ron­ald Rea­gan Ad­min­is­tra­tion.

In 1977, Pa­tri­cia re­mar­ried El­der Robert Wal­lace, Jr.; into that union they had one son, Robert Tyrus Wal­lace III; and one daugh­ter, Lin­nis Pa­trice Wal­lace. In the late 1970’s, Pa­tri­cia and her fam­ily, at­tended and were de­voted mem­bers of the Bi­ble Way Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ Tem­ple (Head­quar­ters) on New Jer­sey Av­enue NW, Wash­ing­ton, DC, un­der the great lead­er­ship of an “Awe­some Man of God and Founder,” Apos­tle Small­wood E. Wil­liams. She was af­fec­tion­ately known as Sis. Pat, and was a part of and played for many church clubs such as The True Blues, The Rain & Shine, and The Will­ing Work­ers.

Pa­tri­cia had a beau­ti­ful voice and could be heard singing in 1st so­prano in the Bi­ble Way Tem­ple Ra­dio Choir. She also played the pi­ano/or­gan for 8:00 o’clock Bi­ble Way Tem­ple broad­cast ser­vice un­der the lead­er­ship of the late Dr. Pearl Wil­liams-Jones.

Momma Wal­lace, Sis Pat, or Mother Wal­lace as peo­ple would call her, helped count­less of churches and or­ga­ni­za­tions to in­clud­ing fu­neral homes in the mu­sic min­istry depart­ment. Not only was she gifted in mu­sic and song, she was a hair­styl­ist. She was a well-known and sort out by count­less churches, non-profit/ profit or­ga­ni­za­tions, and in­di­vid­ual needs for be­ing an ex­tra­or­di­nary seam­stress. If you needed a robe, she made it. If you needed pants/skirt hemmed or sim­ply busted your seam, she had nee­dle and thread in her purse with safety pins. If you needed a wed­ding/prom dress, she made that too. What­ever that you needed and it was as­so­ci­ated with fab­ric; and you didn’t have a pat­tern or couldn’t get a pat­tern from the fab­ric store, she cre­ated and made one for you.

Ev­ery year at church con­vo­ca­tions and dio­cese meet­ings, Pa­tri­cia had a ta­ble with her sewing ma­chine, pins, scis­sors, etc. for peo­ple to pur­chase han­kies, lap scarfs, cor­sages with pretty bow-rib­bons, usher hats, and prayer caps. She was well­known at the Sara Fab­ric store, where the owner gave her fab­rics to her count­less of times be­cause she was one of their top cus­tomers. Pa­tri­cia was so or­ga­nized with her fab­ric, but­tons, and lace that she built sev­eral wall units in her home to show­case tons of dif­fer­ent fab­rics, but­tons, and lace to make for peo­ple if they came to her for her sewing ex­per­tise.

Pa­tri­cia’s fa­vorite scrip­ture was “Psalms 121” and fa­vorite songs were “Great Is Thou Faith­ful­ness” and “The Lord’s Prayer.” She couldn’t cook soul-food like her mom and late hus­band El­der Wal­lace but she knew how to pick good fruit and veg­eta­bles. She made some good fried ap­ples, hand­made soups, and al­ways had a gin­ger root boil­ing in wa­ter.

Just two months ago, she was pre­ceded in death by her mother, Rev. Gra­cie Lee Gibbs Scott. Also pre­ced­ing in death were her fa­thers, Everett Jones and Joseph Gibbs; hus­band, El­der Robert Wal­lace, Jr.; sis­ter, Josephine Bland; and a son-in-law, An­to­nio Bland.

Mother Pa­tri­cia Wal­lace, leaves to cher­ish her mem­o­ries to her chil­dren, care­giverLeah Dar­lene Weaver (Ed­ward) of Prince Ge­orge, Va., Noelle Bland of Colum­bus, Ohio, Robert Tyrus Wal­lace III (Aisha) of Ch­ester­field, Va., and Lin­nis Wal­lace (Ter­rance Speights) of Wash­ing­ton, DC; four­teen grand­chil­dren, Wil­liam Mullen, Dar­ius Ma­son, Alphonzo Alexan­der Marsh, Mariah Pa­trice Marsh, James Ford, Jr, Eli­jah Lee Bland, Vic­to­ria Weaver, Ja’Nice Marie Wal­lace, Mikiya Leigh Wal­lace, Jeremiah Ali Wal­lace, Robert Jelonie Wal­lace, Nyla Si­mone Wal­lace, Sin­nil Amelia Wal­lace, and Is­sac Kedar Wal­lace; thir­teen great grand­chil­dren; sis­ters, Donita Wooten and Don­nette Dent (Ray­mond), both of Din­wid­die, Va.; step­sis­ter, Betty Scott of Ch­ester­field, Va.; brothers, Joseph “Bubba” Gibbs of Din­wid­die, Va., and Dal­las Gibbs (Dar­lene) of Ch­ester­field, Va.; god­brother, David Hale (Tanya) of Church Road, Va.; god­daugh­ter, Sharon Greenidge of Camp Springs, Md.; god­son, Wal­ter Ju­nious Thomp­son of Sev­ern, Md.; un­cle, Clarance Hop­son (Leann) of Winch­ester, Tenn.; sis­ter-in-law, Mable Simp­kins of Wash­ing­ton, DC; a de­voted brother-in-law, Her­bert Wooten of Peters­burg, Va.; de­voted friend, Emma Clark of Sil­ver Spring, Md.; spir­i­tual par­ents, Apos­tle Floyd E. Nel­son Sr. (Yvonne) of Lau­rel, Md.; a host of nieces, neph­ews, cousins, other rel­a­tives and friends.

Ser­vices for Ms. Pa­tri­cia Ann Wal­lace will be held at 1 p.m. Satur­day, Septem­ber 16, 2017, at Good Shep­herd Bap­tist Church, 2223 S. Crater Road, Peters­burg, Va., Bishop Jef­frey L. Reaves, Sr., Pas­tor, and Bishop Darren L. Gay, Sr., eu­lo­gist. The in­ter­ment to fol­low at

Marmora Bap­tist Church Ceme­tery.

A wake ser­vice will be held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Fri­day, Septem­ber 15, 2017, at the fu­neral es­tab­lish­ment.

The fam­ily will as­sem­ble at 12 noon the day of the ser­vice and re­ceive friends at 3919 Pruett Drive, North Prince Ge­orge, Va.

Fam­ily mem­bers and friends are in­vited to pay fi­nal trib­ute to Ms. Wal­lace at www.jmwilk­er­son­

Fu­neral ar­range­ments en­trusted to the staff of J.M. Wilk­er­son Fu­neral Es­tab­lish­ment, Inc., 102 South Av­enue, Peters­burg, Va., (804) 732-8911, www.jmwilk­er­son­

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