Patricia Joan Mercer Baxter aka Patrice Baxter of Yuma, Arizona, was born January 23, 1933 a daughter of the late Charles Oscar and Mildred Emma (Sparks) Mercer. She departed this life Thursday, October 3, 2013 in Yuma, Arizona, having reached the age of eighty years, eight months and eleven days.
Pat is survived by three sons, David Baxter of Bourbon, Missouri; John Alberga of Sea Cliff, Long Island, New York and Michael Alberga of Yuma, Arizona; one sister, Sandra Sue Donley and husband David of Cape Girardeau, MO; three brothers, Dale Joe and wife Mary Lou Mercer of Jackson, MO; Wayne Mercer and wife Pat of Jackson, MO and Merlin Floyd Mercer and wife Doris of Cape Girardeau, MO; six grandchildren: Rachail Baxter, Erin Alberga Nyahay, Kristin Alberga, Michael Alberga, Kimberly Alberga Stroud and Matthew Alberga; 2 great grandchildren; also surviving are nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
In addition to her parents, Pat was preceded in death by two brothers and their wives, Alvin Mercer and Dorene Glore Mercer and Donald Mercer and Edith Nicholson Mercer; two sisters and their husband, Doris Jean Mercer and John (Mac) McLeskey and Geraldine Olive Mercer Warden and John H. (Buck) Warden and a brother-in-law, Dr. Jerry McLane.
Pat went to school and church at Bunker Hill and was led to the Lord at a young age by her father. Though raised on a farm in Washington County, Missouri, Pat made her way to New York City where she became a model, later starting her own cosmetic company - Patrice Baxter Cosmetics; she also worked in sales and was an exceptional business woman for her time. She survived a plane crash in the late nineteen seventies and then the loss by fire of a Ski Lodge which she owned outside of New York City. She was a forward thinker when it came to business of any kind. She was an airplane and helicopter pilot as well, unheard of for women in the nineteen sixties.
Pat loved playing tennis and she loved her many dogs that she had through the years. Pat will be greatly missed by her family and many friends.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, November 16, 2013 at 1 p.m. at Ozark Heights Missionary Baptist Church, 6 miles south of Potosi on Highway 21. Family and friends are being invited to attend this celebration of Pat's life.
Independent Journal, Potosi, Missouri Thursday, November 7, 2013