Patricia “Patti” LaVon Kendall Craig


Patricia LaVon Craig
Patricia LaVon Craig

Patricia “Patti” LaVon Kendall Craig ascended to her heavenly reward on February 5, 2023, where she was undoubtedly and joyously reunited with her mother, Vivian Clark.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, February 11, 2023, at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Patti was born to Glenn and Vivian Kendall on July 12, 1961, in Wichita, Kansas.  Patti moved to Amarillo in 1980 with her mother and loving stepfather, Red Clark.  On St. Patty’s Day 2011, she married her best friend and love of her life, Jim Craig on the beach in Tampa, Florida.

Patti’s daughter, Brittany Alston, was born in 1988.  Raising Brittany was the highlight of Patti’s life.  She loved her daughter immensely and was very proud of all Brittany has accomplished.  Patti’s grandchildren, Braelee, Kynlee, and Dallas were very precious to Patti, as well as her step-granddaughter, Mia.  She loved spending time with them and watching them grow.

In 1999, Patti began working for Canyon ISD spending most of her career at Lakeview Elementary where she was a teaching assistant for physical education, computer literacy, and Head Start.  She was proud to be a Lakeview Lion and thoroughly enjoyed her retirement since May of 2022.

In her free time, Patti loved being outdoors.  Whether she was on a beach in Florida, with her in-laws, Phil and Charlotte Brooks; at the lake with her friends; or just hanging out and listening to music in her backyard oasis, which she nicknamed “the Love Shack;” her most joyous times were spent in the sun.  When Patti could not be outside she could be found cheering for her favorite teams, the Kansas State Wildcats and the Dallas Cowboys or binging Lifetime movies. She was never one to pass up a trip to play the slots at the casino.

Patti was preceded in death by her father, Glenn Kendall, and her parents, Red and Vivian Clark.

Patti will be greatly missed by her loving husband, Jim Craig; daughter, Brittany Alston, and bonus son, Chad Craig.  Patti is survived by her sister, Suzy Kendall-Shoemaker. Her family  Scott Clark and wife Chris, Paul Clark, Steven Clark and wife Sonja; and Shelley Behrhorst and husband Fritz who will cherish the memories that they share of and with Patti.  Patti was also very close to her “Kansas cousins,” Joel Weidner and wife Dana, Randy Weidner, and JoAnne Busch, and husband Art.

Her extensive network of friends mourn her loss, but are thankful for the love and laughter that she brought to each of them.

17 Replies to “Patricia “Patti” LaVon Kendall Craig”

  1. I am deeply sorry for the loss of patti she was a good woman and good mother when we were young she would always chase us boys out the house and tell us it was time for Brittany to go to bed that we were more than welcome to come back tomorrow. Rest in peace patti and may God be with the family in this time of mourning.

  2. Patti was my friend of 58 years. I’ve know her since we were 3 years old. She has been by my side through so many happy and challenging times in my life. My heart is broken for her family. She was the best friend a girl could ask for. I will miss you Patti. I love you.

  3. When I think of Patti I can’t help but smile. She was one of the Sweetest and Kindest people I know. She had a special laugh. I knewPatti during some more difficult times but she handled it like the lady she was. I will always have precious memories of the times we were together.
    RIP Patti, I know your in Heaven and the pain is no more. I also know you will be watching over Brittney and her children, being their Special Angel 😇
    You will continue to be in my thoughts and
    Prayers 🙏🏻

  4. It’s not surprising to read so many memories of laughter and fun in these comments. Patti always brought happiness and hope with her. Art and I and all the McCord cousins will miss her a lot. ♥️

  5. Patty…
    To Your families & all your friends.
    May you be comforted.
    May you have peace.
    May you have strength.

  6. Patty, I loved the time I got to spend with you at our last class Reunion, you and Tammy walked in that room and y’all were on a mission,you were confident you were smiling from ear to ear your smile lit up the room your energy was not to be denied . I am so sorry Craig and Brittany I hope y’all will talk about her that’s how y’all will keep her memory alive. Please know that I loved Patty too

  7. I was a parent volunteer when my kids were at Lakeview years ago and felt very fortunate to call Patti my friend. We had lots of conversations and lots of laughs. I always loved seeing her and visiting even after my kids were in older grades. Prayers for her family and close knit friends!!

  8. We will always remember your smile and laughter. we will miss you.
    Praying for your family.
    Pauline and Joanna

  9. Jim, Brittany, and grandchildren of Patti, I am so sorry Patti passed away. She was a one of a kind lady with the best laugh!! God hold close all who are feeling her loss

  10. Patti….I’ll forever miss your contagious laugh and smile you always had. I’ll cherish the memories we have had at the river and hanging out with all of our friends. Praying for your family during this difficult time. I love you sister. See you on the other side!

  11. Oh my, I can’t believe your gone, you were amazing friend you will be truly missed.. Fly high my sweet friend,

  12. Patti was one of the first friends I met when I moved to Amarillo in 1987. My wife to be Dana Dean and Patti was great friends. We had a lot of laughs and great times. My sincere condolences to Patties entire family! God bless…

  13. Your smile was contagious! Your laugh was unique! You loved whole-heartedly and you were loved deeply by all. I’m so sorry we let so much time pass by but I am so grateful for the time we had.
    I love you, Patti ❤️

  14. Patti has been a part of my life since highschool we have shared so many memories and great times I’ve watched Brittney grow up into a lovely person and mother .Miles may have come between us in the last few years but we would always pick.up where we left off. I will forever treasure the friend she was and will miss her forever .My love and condolences to her family. Tammy Barlow Joyce Barlow

    1. Oh my Patty…you were one of a kind.
      Will miss you much!!!
      May your families & all your friends be comforted @ this Time.

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