Patricia Atkins “Patsy” DeLong died on 2/10/2020. She was born in Memphis, Tennessee on February 21, 1937. Her parents were Keyes Winter Atkins and Eleanora Mitchell Atkins. She spent her childhood years in Indianapolis, Indiana, where she graduated from Tudor Hall School for Girls. She also spent some of her time in Memphis, Tennessee, at the home of her maternal grandparents, Dr. and Mrs. Edward Dana Mitchell, Jr. After graduating from high school, she attended Briarcliff Junior College in New York. In 1954, she met Clarence “Clancy” DeLong, a cadet at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. They were married in 1956. They subsequently lived overseas for six years (three years in Germany and three years in Japan), as well as in many locations in the United States, including Luke Air Force Base. As an Army officer’s wife, Patsy was dedicated to performing service in the local community. Partly because of her service in dispensing funds to local charities, she was selected as Army Wife of the Year in Okinawa, Japan. Upon her husband’s retirement from the Army in 1975, the family returned to Arizona where they settled in Paradise Valley. Patricia was an active member of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of Arizona, the Junior League of Phoenix, and Christ Church of the Ascension in Paradise Valley. At Christ Church of the Ascension, she served as Directress of the Altar Guild and Chairwoman of the Search Committee. Her interest in tennis, bridge and gardening continued into her later years. She is survived by her son, Theodore A. DeLong, and his wife, Kelli Brogan; their daughter, Elizabeth Suto and her husband, John Suto; and by grandchildren Amy Suto and Daniel Suto. She is also survived by her sister, Annie Kohl, of Media Pennsylvania. Services will be held at Christ Church of the Ascension, 4015 E. Lincoln Dr, Paradise Valley, on Saturday, February 15 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Christ Church of the Ascension Altar Guild.
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