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Patricia Ann Trent Appleberry

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Patricia Ann Trent Appleberry passed away on Saturday, May 23, 2009, as a result of an unexpected illness. She was born in Waverly, Mo., the daughter of Stuart Ryland and Lucile Fern (Neer) Trent, on December 16, 1939. Her husband of 49 years, Dr. James B. Appleberry, survives at the home in Louisville, Ky.

She is also survived by her two sons, two daughters-in-law and five grandchildren: John "Mark" and Maureen (Carr) Appleberry with children Doulin and Cara; and Timothy David and Bridget (Waite) Appleberry with children Maura, John and Helen, all of Louisville, Ky.; her brother, William Stuart and his wife, Alice (Naught) Trent of Marshall, Mo., and one brother-in-law, Ernest Dale and his wife, Thelma (Richhart) Appleberry of Carrollton, Mo.

Pat inherited a progressive form of ataxia that inhibited her ability to walk. Fortunately, her form of ataxia, while leaving her in constant pain, allowed her to walk to an older age than others who are not in pain.

She turned her disability into an advantage while she adapted to a lifetime of change. A frequent speaker on the local and national level about her experiences with mobility loss and life changes, Pat recognized that everyone faces changes over which they have no control.

She was a recognized watercolor artist who had her own one-woman show in the Washington, D.C., area and also worked as an interior designer. Always active in her local community, Pat coordinated the Aqueous National Watercolor Competition sponsored by the Kentucky Watercolor Society.

An accomplished fundraiser, she raised funds for the American Cancer Society, the United Way, the Propylon Handicapped Living Facility in Marquette, Mi., which she also helped design. Pat was also one of the early proponents of the hospice program, helping to develop a hospice wing in a hospital in Pittsburg, Ks. one of the first in the nation. In Marquette, Mi., she helped establish Beacon House, a cost-free facility in which families could live while receiving cancer treatments.

She moved to Louisville 10 years ago from Washington, D.C., where she had been the spouse coordinator for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. In that position, she counseled both university presidents and their spouses about the demands and opportunities of life in the public eye. She also helped develop a national spouse education program for newly appointed university presidential spouses, and she was the first to recognize the unique role and to develop programs for male spouses of female university presidents.

She was instrumental in launching the Century Alcohol Awareness and Education Program on college and university campuses nationwide.

She was a member of Second Presbyterian Church of Louisville, the Louisville Woman's Club, P.E.O. (a charitable women's educational organization), numerous Bible study groups, Louisville Newcomers Club, and Big Springs Country Club. She was awarded an honorary doctorate from her alma mater, the University of Central Missouri, for her extensive humanitarian, entrepreneurial, community and service activities on the local and national levels.

Pat never left her home-town roots, and enjoyed frequent vacation opportunities at her farm in Waverly, which has been in the family for more than 100 years. The funeral service was at the Waverly Methodist Church in Waverly at 2 p.m. on Monday, May 25, with internment in the Waverly Cemetery. A Celebration of Life service will be held at the Second Presbyterian Church in Louisville, at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 31. Memorial contributions are suggested to the P.E.O. Chapter U, C/O Jacquie Kuhens, 311 Buckingham Terrace, Louisville, KY 40222-5532.

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