Stir-Up Queen Pat Proctor | Recent news
Pat Proctor grew up on a farm two miles north of Memphis, Nebraska – the daughter of Bohumil and Mabel Pacula. She attended District 6 Country School, St. Wenceslaus Catholic School in Wahoo, and Ashland High School.
She married schoolmate and best friend Jerry Proctor in 1954 and they raised two children together – Cathy and David. They lost their son David in 1979 in a car accident after serving four years in the Coast Guard.
Jerry and Pat lived most of their married life in Ashland – except for a short time in Omaha when Jerry started working for Western Electric. Pat and her mother opened a clothing store in downtown Ashland, calling it the Silver Smart Shop. They ran the business successfully for 10 years. When the store closed due to the failing health of Pat’s father, she continued her career, working for 10 years in the office of Sapp Bros. at Millard, then another 10 years for the Bethesda Care Center in Ashland as an accountant and at Gretna as an administrator.
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Both Jerry and Pat retired in 1990 and started traveling. On the way home from a trip, Pat was busy planning the next trip! They traveled in their RVs and RVs and enjoyed every minute! They spent a lot of time fishing in Minnesota and on Lake McConaughy, as well as visiting family in Wyoming.
Pat and Jerry lived on the farm after Pat’s father died and his mother moved to town. They returned to Ashland when Jerry’s health began to fail due to a neurological disorder. Jerry passed away in 2008. Although he missed his Jerry dearly, Pat continued to volunteer in a variety of ways.
Pat is known for her volunteer activities over the years, including five years with the Ashland Rescue Team until they moved to the farm; Junior Woman’s Club and their many activities including the coronation; Ashland Saddle Club; St. Mary’s Church and Altar Society; Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts; as a hospice volunteer; and in recent years as Ombudsman for Ashland Care Center and Oxbow Living Center. She is also enjoying her new venture as a school mentor.
Pat had a good life. She enjoys her friends and family, her neighbors, her deck buddies and Bunco, playing cards of all kinds and chatting over lunch and coffee with her friends. There were a few setbacks along the way, but she enjoyed life. God is good and we will all see what tomorrow has in store for us.