Patricia Irene (Whatley) Moore

Patricia Irene (Whatley) Moore
October 12, 1953 – May 17, 2016

Patricia Irene (Whatley) Moore passed away unexpectedly on May 17, 2016 in her family’s home in Bryan, Texas at the age of 62. Though her life ended too soon, her final days were spent the way she had always lived – by serving her community and its students and loving her family. Visitation and the rosary (6pm) will be held at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, College Station, Texas Friday May 20, 5:30 p.m. until 8:00. The funeral mass will be held Saturday May 21 at 11:00 a.m., also at St. Thomas Aquinas.

Patti, the youngest child of Thomas and Irene Whatley, was born on October 12, 1953 in Texarkana, Arkansas. Patti always made it very clear that despite her birthplace, she was a Texan through and through. Patti’s family lived all over the United States during her childhood, but when she found Aggieland she found her heart’s home and the love of her life, Dave. She was the loudest and proudest member of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Class of 1975. Her undergraduate studies at Texas A&M University fostered her passion for education and paved the way for a stellar teaching career in both English Language Arts and Spanish. In 1984, Patti found herself back in College Station to further her education with a Masters Degree in Educational Administration from TAMU, which allowed her to achieve her lifelong goal of becoming a principal at the intermediate and high school level. After 39 years of leadership in Texas schools Patti retired, only to continue teaching. In retirement, Patti flourished. She was able to supervise and mentor student teachers at Texas A&M as well as serve as a surrogate parent for at-risk students in Bryan ISD.

She was preceded in death by her father in-law Marion Moore, mother in-law Nan Moore, uncle Father Paul Thetreau S.J., aunt Betty Reynolds, uncle Joe Reynolds and niece Jennifer Prado.

Patti’s legacy will be carried by her husband of forty years Dave Moore; her children Zack (and wife Laura), Josh (and wife Brandy), Ashley Moore Coffey (and husband Matt); granddaughter Jada and grandson Maddox. Also honoring her memory are her parents Tom and Irene Whatley; her brother Phil Whatley (and wife Cheryl); her sister Linda Prado (and husband Al); and her nieces and nephews, Allison, Jill, Aric, Miriam and Paul.

The family requests any donations made in Patti’s memory be made to the “Patti Moore Academic Achievement Memorial.” Checks can be sent to The Bank & Trust at 2900 Texas Avenue, Bryan, TX 77802 or to an educational organization of your choosing.

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  1. Dear Dave and Family,
    I am so sorry to hear of Patti’s unexpected death. She was a caring educator who loved children and those with whom she worked for so many years. She also loved and cared for each of you immensely. My only regret is not having known her longer. May God comfort you in your time of deep sorrow. I hope you are convinced that Patti is celebrating with her Savior.

    • Thank you Margie. She admired you for your willingness to help her in the time of transition during retirement. You were and remain a godsend. Life will never be normal as we knew it. But, having the memories of her will give comfort. Peace be with you and those you hold dear.

  2. Patti touched so many lives, all in a very positive way, as a spouse, mom, teacher, administrator, friend… she was serious about any endeavor she chose to undertake… years ago, I remember being amazed that she kept a detailed scorecard at Aggie baseball games, the mark of a true fan. Many students and teachers over the years were the beneficiary of her love of the profession of education. God bless the Moore and Whatley families in this time of great sorrow.

    • Thank you John and Maggie. Your thoughts, prayers and friendship mean the world to us, to me. Please stay in touch. And remember to tell those close to you that you love them.


  3. David,

    We are so sorry to hear of Patti passing. Please know that Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Paul & Janalee

  4. Dear Dave and Family,
    I believe that the Lord works in mysterious ways that we sometimes are not meant to understand. I choose to believe that there are earthbound angels and angels in heaven. Your earthbound angel was called to heaven to serve God with her angelic love and educational knowledge for a more divine, eternal task and purpose. Rest assured that she will be watching over you and the rest of her family and be waiting ever so patiently for her reunion with open arms. From what I have seen, heard and read, once an angel, always an angel. She is where we all want to be, home with our Lord.
    The Pate Family

  5. David: Our prayers and sympathy go out to you and everyone in your family. May our Lord and Savior continue to be with you all during this most uncertain time.

    Keith, Jeff, and Michael Kimmel

  6. Dave and family, my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May God give you strength and lots of fond memories.

  7. As long as I have known Patti, she looked for the good in everyone. That is why her life-long passion as an educator was so profound. Those who knew her as a friend will mourn the loss. Those who knew her as family, will forever be missing her. Those who knew her as Christian will rejoice in knowing it won’t be long before the great Homecoming where we’ll all get to celebrate.

    Our prayers will be with the Family

    Doug and Susan

  8. We are keeping you all in our thoughts and in our hearts. May you feel comforted by the love surrounding you from family and friends.

  9. David:

    Our condolences and prayers are with you and your family in this time of need.

    Al and Peggy Castaneda

  10. Dave,
    We are very sorry to hear of Patti’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are have been for you over the last few days and will continue into the foreseeable future.
    John, Heather, Steven, and Amanda Moehring

  11. Dear Moore family, all 3 of my kiddos had the privilege of being educated under your moms/wife’s care, and I served on cpic committees for years lead by Patti, and she was a fierce proponent for all kids and the machine of public education system! Loved her passion and willingness to battle for her convictions, especially the underdog! Thanks for sharing her , and I am sad for your loss and will always hold your family in our hearts and prayers God bless you !

  12. Dear Moore family, the news of Patti’s death saddens us deeply. We want to express our sincerest sympathy and to let you know we are sending prayers and thoughts of comfort to you all. God bless!

  13. Dear Dave and family,
    I don’t seem to have the words to say other than we are deeply saddened over Patti’s passing. We are praying for comfort that can only come from our Heavenly Father.
    I do want to share that it has been a real blessing to have spent the last few weeks working side by side with Patti. She spoke of each of you with such love and affection. She loved the flowers you sent her on your birthday Josh. And, she was very excited about your recent marriage. As with any grandmother, she spoke with such delight over her grandchildren. Ashley, she was so proud of your new position at your work place and how diligent you were with the entire process. Zack, she spoke of how she loved that you and your wife were also educators. And Dave, she simply lit up when she spoke your name.
    It was a delight to see how many of the students she knew from middle school these last few weeks while we were testing. She seemed to be in her “element”.
    Although her life was cut way too short, her legacy will live on through each of you.

    Robin & Robert Adams

  14. Dear Moore Family, we were stunned to hear of Patti’s death. I always think of Patti with a smile on her face, as she had a very special smile. When I saw Zach’s Facebook page today, there it was. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you find your way through this difficult time.

  15. We are so sorry for your loss. We see you through the lovely Ashley. Norrice Ann & Freylon Coffey

  16. The Moore Family,
    Praying that the cherished memories will forever console your heart. Thinking of you in your time of sorrow and remembering how Patti loved all of you. May God bless you.

  17. We are so sorry for your loss Zack and Laura. You are in our thoughts and prayers. I am sorry we can’t be with you! If you need anything, please let us know.

    We love you guys!

    Auntie Andrea, Uncle Bobby, Jesse & Jade

  18. We share your grief in the loss of Patti. She touched so many lives including ours. We have many wonderful memories of Patti. One of our favorites may be her generosity and hospitality when two washed up refugees from Houston showed up unannounced on her doorstep after Hurricane Ike. She took us in without blinking an eye. We appreciated her wit and smarts too. Good times with word games!

    All our love, Janice and Gary

  19. I am sorry for you loss. Mrs. Moore was one of our surrogates at Davila. She was awesome, always willing to help, and loved the kids. Bryan ISD can never replace what she has done for us.

    Our thoughts and prayers for the family.

    Christina Estrada
    Bryan ISD-Special Education Department

  20. My deepest sympathy to you at this time.
    I will always have fond memories of Patti. She had such a caring heart and it was evident in all she did. Nothing associated with Patti was ever half done. It was always 100%. She was passionate about her beliefs. Her contributions to the lives of students and staff in Bryan and the other districts she served were immeasurable. What a servant’s heart!

    I know she will be missed so very much. I pray God will be your comfort during this difficult time.

  21. Dave and family,

    So surprised to learn of Pattti’s death and your loss. Our thoughts and prayers and condolences are with you.

    John and Cindy

  22. Dear Dave and family,

    Words cannot express how sorry we were when we heard the news of Patti’s passing. Only God knows when our work in this life is complete. When a loved one goes to their eternal home, we are left to mourn our loss, but we also, eventually, rejoice in the knowledge that our loved one is with our Lord.
    May God grant you peace and comfort you in your sorrow.

  23. Dave – I always think of you and Patti as part of “the old guard” at St. Thomas Aquinas and when we moved back in ’09 was so happy to recognize your faces and see you sitting across the aisle in your usual spots. It was a comfort to me that perhaps not too much had changed while we were gone and we could settle in again. Though we weren’t regularly hanging out together, you and Patti and her mom always remind me to be be involved at church. She and you set a wonderful example of hard work, loyalty, dedication in faith, in marriage, in family. The 2nd reading that I read tonight at mass when I learned the news was a reassurance to me and I hope to you, Romans 5:1-5 “Brothers and sisters: Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith to this grace in which we stand, and we boast in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we even boast of our afflictions, knowing that affliction produces endurance, and endurance, proven character, and proven character, hope, and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.”
    Peace be with you.
    Karen Seago

  24. Patti… the moment I heard, my stomach dropped and a wave of memories flooded my mind. Was already planning a time for us to catch up again this summer.

    You believed in me and my methods as a teacher even when they seemed off the beaten path. I was privileged enough to share with you times of reflection through the good and bad times. Was also honored to share the appreciation of cultural diversity along your side. Thank you for those memories! The best part of you as an administrator was that you were great at leveling with me when most would play the political role. The last memory I had of you was the time we had coffee to talk share our idealist thoughts which was always a favorite pastime of mine.

    You will be greatly missed.

  25. Dear Dave & Tom and their families,
    Patti will be remembered for her wonderful personality and being a great friend. I was very sorry to hear about her passing. She will live on in my memories as a special person and friend. I enjoyed the afternoons we all worked on taxes together. My prayers and thoughts go out to you both and the rest of her family.
    Marie Wolfe

  26. Dave,
    We were saddened to learn of Patti’s passing. Sorry we were unable to attend the services. Our thoughts are with you and your family. We had missed seeing you at church and think about you often.
    If there’s anything at all that we can do for you, please call.
    Jerry & Carole Cooper

  27. So saddened and shocked to learn of Patti’s passing. As a one-time room mate to Dave in Aggie college days, I got a ring side seat of this romance, full of love. The memories can never be taken from you, Dave and family. Prayers for comfort and understanding.


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