Patsy Brandon Dessauer, 86, Johnson City, died Saturday, July 9, 2011, following a lengthy illness.
Mrs. Dessauer was a Johnson City native and a daughter of the late John Thomas and Jessie Ruth Shipley Brandon.
She was a graduate of Science Hill High School, where she finished second in her graduating class. She also graduated from the Appalachian School of Nursing, achieving the highest score on her state boards. She faithfully and with dedication served her country in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps during World War II.
Mrs. Dessauer had over thirty years of employment as a surgical nurse with the Johnson City Medical Center and its predecessors.
Patsy was a member of First Presbyterian Church and a former member of East Unaka Christian Church.
Mrs. Dessauer was a long-standing member of the League of Women Voters and an active member of the Operating Room Nurses Association, holding numerous offices. Mrs. Dessauer actively supported the advancement of civil rights during the turbulent 1960s.
Patsy was an avid reader and “crossworder” and enjoyed many years of playing bridge with her friends. Mrs. Dessauer was a loyal U.T. football and Atlanta Braves fan. She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister and loyal friend to all who knew her.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Dessauer was preceded in death by her husband, Hans J. Dessauer; two brothers, John Thomas Brandon Jr. and Walter George Brandon; and son-in-law, Timothy Lee Deakins.
She is survived by one son, Mark Dessauer and wife, Gina, Kingsport; two daughters, Debbie Deakins and Kim Owens and husband, John, all of Johnson City; one sister, Lois Brandon Crutchfield, Ocoee, FL; five grandchildren, Julia, William and Samantha Dessauer, all of Kingsport, Julie Deakins, Johnson City, and Kim Deakins, Athens, GA; several special nieces; and a special sister in law, Rose Prager, of Nanuet, NY.
The family would like to express appreciation to Dr. James Hansen and Dr. Jason Colinger, and special caregivers: Donna Lindsey, Cheree’ McAdams, Charity Reams, Debbie Wilkerson, Amanda Turner, Chris White, Angela Williams and Betty Hayes.
A memorial service will be conducted Monday, July 11, 2011, at 7:00 P.M. from the East Chapel of Appalachian Funeral Home with the Reverend Louis Imsande officiating.
The family will receive friends prior to the service from 5:30 until the service hour in the East Parlor of the funeral home.
A private graveside service for the family will be held at Monte Vista Memorial Park.
Those who prefer to make memorial contributions may do so to First Presbyterian Church Children’s Ministry, 105 S. Boone St., Johnson City, TN 37604.
Memories and condolences may be shared at www.appfh.net.
Appalachian Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 800 E. Watauga Ave., Johnson City, is serving the Dessauer family. 928-6111