Maleta "Pat" Center, age 94, of Joplin, MO, passed away at 11:13 a.m. Friday, July 26, 2019, at Mercy Hospital Joplin. Pat was born November 9, 1924, in Ellsworth, KS. She moved to Joplin in 1992, after spending over 35 years in Aurora, MO.
She was employed for several years with the Vasey-Bristol Shoe Mfg. Co., in Monett, MO, and later worked as a CNA with the Aurora Hospital and Aurora Nursing Home. She was a member of the College Heights Christian Church and volunteered with Crosslines and American Rehabilitation Ministry.
Pat married William W. Center January 24, 1942, in Cassville, MO. He preceded her in death on May 20, 2009.
She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Barbara Fenske; and a grandson, Jason Gray.
Survivors include a daughter, Katherine Wilkerson, Joplin; one sister, Louise Stockton, Aurora; two grandsons, Michael Wilkerson and wife, Carol, and Patrick "Danny" Wilkerson; and seven great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Clio Cemetery, Jenkins, MO, with Rick Bushnell, minister, officiating. Visitation will be from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday at the mortuary.
Memorial contributions are requested to God's Resort, in care of the Mortuary.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Mason-Woodard Mortuary, of Joplin.
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Marcia Jennings
Jul 30, 2019
Kathy I am so sorry to read of your Mommas passing. It is so hard to handle but I know you will do ok. But I am here if you ever need someone to talk too. Just got out of hospital last week and I am still pretty weak so will not be able to make visitation, but my heart is with you. Come over or call anytime