Patricia R. “Pat” Willingham
Patricia R. “Pat” Willingham

PAYNE, Ohio — Patricia R. “Pat” Willingham, 78, formerly of Fort Wayne, Indiana, and most recently of Payne, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020.

Patricia was born Jan. 30, 1941, in Indianapolis, Indiana, a daughter of the late Paul and Wilma “Jean” (Hunter) Scales. She worked as a sales manager at J.C. Penny’s for many years before retiring in 2003. In her free time she enjoyed listening to music and dancing, her pets, and especially her grandchildren. She also enjoyed participating in the many activities that were available to her at Vancrest of Payne Nursing Home where she had reside for the past five years.

Surviving family include her children, Duane Maurice Burkley Jr., Judy (Daryl) Bowman, Rose (Chris) Putman, David Burkley Sr., and Brenda Burkley; stepchildren, Marcia (Craig) Zenta, Jeffrey and Jerry Willingham; 31 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in passing by her husband, James “Jim” Willingham; son-in-law, Brian Williams; and a grandchild, Joey LaBounty.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, at Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Home for Funerals, 6810 Old Trail Road, Fort Wayne, Indiana, with visitation beginning at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Prairie Grove Cemetery, Fort Wayne.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at