Blog 121 Once More, With Sorrow

Blog 121 Once More, With Sorrow

Sadly, another one of our classmates has fallen.

Patricia Vaughan “Patty” Ramby Nevitt


Patricia Vaughan “Patty” Nevitt, joined her husband Dick in heaven on September 3, 2020 exactly one year from the date of his death in 2019, with her family by her side. She was 84 years old. Patty was born on March 23, 1936 to the late Thomas R. and Violet Vaughan Sproul Ramby in San Antonio, Texas.

Patty graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School where she was a member of the Lassos Dance Team. She then earned a degree in Education with a minor in Spanish from the University of Texas at Austin and was a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority.

Patty and Dick were married on March 2, 1962 in San Antonio, Texas. Shortly after their marriage, they moved to New Braunfels, Texas when her husband had the opportunity to buy a Moving & Storage business. Patty had taught four years right out of college at Highlands High School in San Antonio but resigned when they moved to New Braunfels and started a family. In 1981 she continued her teaching career at New Braunfels Middle School. She especially loved teaching Spanish to her 8th grade students. Patty retired after 20 years of service.

Patty loved being around people, social gatherings, and traveling with her husband, family, and friends through the years. She enjoyed being a member of Gay Forties, Soiree Club, attending Jefferson High School reunions, spending time with friends from T Bar M, going to Lake Breeze Ski Lodge, and “The Supper Club” with lifelong friends from San Antonio. She is preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Dick. Patty is survived by her son, George Nevitt & wife, Michele of New Braunfels; daughter, Kendall Newburn & husband, Bauchy of San Antonio and grandchildren, Tyler Nevitt, Quint Nevitt, Patrick Newburn and Kate Newburn. Also, survived by one brother, Thomas E. Ramby of Alabama.

A private, family service will be held at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home in New Braunfels, Texas followed by burial at Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park.

In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.


No memorial events are currently scheduled. To offer your sympathy during this difficult time, you can now have memorial trees planted in a National Forest in memory of your loved one.


Remembering Patty:
At Jeff, I was aware of Patty but did not know her. Through our reunions over the years, Patty and I became good but not close friends. My best memories are that Patty always had a kind word for everyone, a great smile, and a good outlook.

In the yearbook, Patty listed these affiliations:



Sophomore Scholastic Society

Junior Play

Advisory President

Lasso (Vice-President, Second Lieutenant)


Planting a Tree

The obituary for Patty suggested planting a tree in her memory. I have noticed this suggestion frequently in obituaries over the past several years. I did click on the link and was startled to see a price of $80 through a florist.


In my opinion, planting a tree is a great way to honor someone. I have a couple of alternate suggestions for donating a tree. I am a bit of a tree hugger and contribute to the Arbor Day Foundation. I spoke with them earlier and found that they offer memory tree plantings for $2.00 but have a minimum order of $10, which would mean planting ten trees. These trees are in a national forest.


Here is the website for the memory tree page at the Foundation:

I also came across an organization, “A Living Tribute” which plants a tree for $10. I am not familiar with this organization, out of Connecticut, but they list many of the organizations that receive the trees that are donated.

At this point, I do not have the address to send a card indication the donation but will post it as soon as I get it.




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