Patricia Borders Matsumoto

Obituary of Patricia Ann Borders Matsumoto

Patricia Borders Matsumoto, 80 years old, was born September 21,1941 in Catlettsburg, Kentucky and was raised in the hills of Huntington, West Virginia. She passed away peacefully surrounded by the ones she loved on April 13th, 2022 in Frisco, Texas. Patricia was born to James Warren Borders and Mabel Bayes Borders, and was a sister to Hubert, Alice, Annabell, Laura Mae and her half brother, Bobby. She was predeceased by her mother Mabel, brother Hubert, and sisters Laura Mae and Annabell. After graduating high school, Mom was honored to serve in the US Women’s Army Corps as a cryptographer in the Signal Corps. She had a top secret security clearance where she received “eyes only” top secret messages during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Five-Star General Omar Bradley saw her pass by and said “There goes a walking ad for the United States Army“ and wanted her to be a poster girl for the army. Patricia married John Blanco Matsumoto at Ft. Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas in August 1962. Together they had three children, Dreama Messer, Carla McCoy and James Matsumoto who they raised in Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands, a US Commonwealth. She was the proud grandmother of Will Messer and Kara Pitney (Messer), Cliff and Jacqueline McCoy, Brandie, Patricia Ann and James Matsumoto Jr. She lived for twenty years on Saipan. She was a wonderful mother who created a loving home for her children with great memories of her baking delicious desserts and cooking memorable meals, growing beautiful flowers and a huge vegetable garden, sewing clothes and organizing wonderful family gatherings. Her exceptional leadership skills led to work with the Deputy High Commissioner of the U.S. Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands which later became a Commonwealth to the United States. She later ran the JM family enterprise while raising her family and being active in church and doing many charitable works. In 1982, Patricia moved back to Dallas, Texas during this time she was very involved in politics and continued doing charitable works. She was proud to be a daughter of the American Revolution, a patriot, and a warrior for freedom. Patricia was a precinct chairman, election judge and a delegate to the National Republican Women’s Convention. In addition, she was a member and officer of the Dallas Eagle Forum, Concerned Women of America and the Moral Majority. Mom loved this country. She believed in the importance of feeding and clothing the poor, ministering and bringing Jesus Christ to those in prison, fighting in the defense of the unborn and visiting the sick. She was humble and thankful to God for everything in her life and modeled integrity, honor, a love for justice and righteousness. The world lost a dynamic, strong, loving and wonderful woman the day our beloved mother and grandmother departed into the loving arms of Jesus Christ our Savior. God welcomed home a valiant daughter and soldier for His kingdom. We, her children and grandchildren, will miss her greatly but know we will be reunited one day. “One of the greatest things of my life is bringing three beautiful children into the world who turned out to be wonderful adult human beings, much better and smarter than I would ever hope. I am enormously proud of them and they bring me hope. Now that I am 80, I am amazed and thank God that he has blessed me so that I can see my babies reaching middle age and seven grandchildren. The years do go fast and I am so thankful for these people in my life who are my family. I thank God for his mercy and all his blessings. I know that it was God who has blessed me and guided me in all the things that I accomplished and everything I set out to do.” Mom SERVICE LIVE STREAM:
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