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(July 13, 1936 – August 14, 2010)

Patricia M. (Durman) Schwartz, 74, of Midland, died peacefully at home surrounded by her family on Aug. 14, 2010. For the last 20 months, she has lived courageously with ovarian cancer.Pat was born in Saginaw on July 13, 1936, the hottest day ever recorded there. She was the youngest of three daughters of Dr. Donald Charles Durman and Nora Eileen (Mills) Durman. She graduated from Arthur Hill High School. She met her husband, Thomas R. Schwartz of Midland when they were students at Albion College. Pat and Tom were married in Saginaw on Aug. 23, 1957, and lived for a short time in East Lansing. Both graduated from Michigan State University.Pat and Tom settled in Midland where they began their family. More than anything, Pat longed to be a mother. She and Tom became parents in 1959 with the birth of their daughter, Ann. Their son, Tom, was born in 1961. Over the next 13 years, the family lived in Minneapolis, St. Louis, and Memphis. They returned to Midland in 1973.Pat loved being a stay-at-home mom during her children?ÇÖs early years. She also enjoyed her work as the receptionist and office manager for Dr. Richard Dulude?ÇÖs dental practice for 18 years.Pat retired in 1994 with the intention of traveling and spending time with her husband. Although she was a latecomer to the game of golf, she quickly became a fanatic and played frequently, serving as the president of her golf league. She also loved to travel; a visit to her ancestral home in Ireland was a favorite trip.She was widowed in 1998. Pat is survived by her children, Rev. Ann Schwartz (Wade Meranda) of Hoopeston, IL, and Tom Schwartz (Patty Antaya) of Okemos, MI; five grandchildren, John Joy of Grand Rapids; Aimee Pinkelmann (Keith) of Haslett, MI; Adam Joy of Los Angeles; Samantha Meranda of Monticello, IL; and Laura Meranda of Hoopeston, IL; three great-grandchildren; her sisters, Marian D. Parks (the late Dr. Leland A. ?Ç£Bud?Ç¥ Parks) of Manistique, MI, and Jane D. Adams (Rev. John J.) of Hampton, NH; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Robert and Barbara Schwartz of Midland; ten beloved nieces and nephews; eight great-nieces and nephews; and one great, great niece. Pat was an active member of First United Methodist Church, where she had served as a Stephen Minister, and often helped with funeral meals. She valued the love, prayers, and support of her church family, golf family, wonderful neighbors, and many, many friends.A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, August 17, at First United Methodist Church with Reverend Dr. Charles Keyworth officiating. Her family will greet friends in the church parlor from 9:30 until the service. A private burial will take place at a later time.In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be given to the First United Methodist Church or the hospice of your choice. Smith-Miner Funeral Home, 2700 W. Wackerly is assisting the family. Online condolences are available at smithminer.com