Patricia Ann Carmichael Lichty, 83, known as “Pat”, of Colorado Springs, departed for her eternal home on September 27, 2012. Pat died in her home after her courageous and long fought battle with cancer.
Pat was born to James Ottis and Mae Rivers Carmichael on December 20, 1928 in Groesbeck, Texas. The family moved to Austin and later to Houston where Pat attended Lamar High School, graduating in 1946. Pat attended the following colleges: Brenau College in Georgia, the University of Arkansas, The University of Houston, and graduated with her bachelors degree from The University of Texas at Austin in 1950. Pat also received a Masters in Education from the University of Colorado in 1970.
In 1952 Pat married Henry Lichty and the couple had two children, Susan and Linda. The family lived in Texas, Holland, and New York. The couple later divorced and Pat moved to Colorado Springs with her daughters in 1969.
Pat was a gifted teacher had a long and illustrious career in education. She began teaching in the elementary grades. The last three fourths of her career Pat taught Speed Reading and Analytical Reading at Pikes Peak Community College, retiring in 2003.
Pat was devoted to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and was quite active in church and Christian activities. In the 1970’s Pat led meetings in her home for prayer, praise, and Bible study. These meetings were comprised mostly of teenagers and often had 125 in attendance. Her generosity, her wise and loving counsel, and her example assisted countless of others on their life’s journey.
Pat is survived by her daughter Susan (Bruce) Ursin of Muscatine, Iowa; her daughter Linda Lichty of Colorado Springs; granddaughter Christina Ursin of Tulsa; grandson David Ursin of Kansas City; several other relatives; and a large number of wonderful friends who assisted her greatly during the time of her illness.
Pat is preceded in death by her parents James Ottis and Mae Rivers Carmichael; her older sister Daphne who died at the age of 11; and her former husband, Henry Lichty.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Shrine of Remembrance, as well as from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Thursday. The funeral, a celebration of Pat’s life and legacy, will be at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday at Shrine of Remembrance. Reverend Todd Hudnall and Reverend Bruce Ursin will be officiating.
Those who wish can make a memorial contribution to the Pikes Peak Community College Foundation in Pat Lichty’s name. All proceeds go directly to student financial aid. Please send to:
5675 South Academy Boulevard
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80906
The family would like to thank all of her wonderful doctors and nurses and Evercare Hospice for taking such good care of her.
Pat had a long and fruitful life filled with God’s blessings. She will be deeply missed. She lived well, she loved well, and now she has gone to her eternal reward. All praise be to God.