• September 18, 2014

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A Mass of Christian burial for Patricia Ann Hartline, 61, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 9500 Neenah Ave., in Austin. Interment will follow at Capital Memorial Park Cemetery, 14501 N. Interstate 35 in Pflugerville.

Mrs. Hartline died in her sleep Nov. 20, 2012, at a local hospital in Austin due to a brief but debilitating illness. She was born March 5, 1951, in Honolulu, Hawaii, to Melvin and Violet Pimental White. She left the islands at the age of 3, and lived on Army posts in California, Germany and Texas with her military family. Her family retired to Killeen in 1961, where Patty graduated from Killeen High School. She attended Central Texas College while her high school sweetheart, Peter Hartline, completed his college degree. They married in Killeen in 1972, and she started her own military family, living on Army posts in Texas, Georgia, Alabama, Arizona and Germany. Her son Christopher was born in 1973 in El Paso, and daughter Lisa was born in Germany in 1977.

While stationed at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., and with her children both in school, she was able to pursue her dream of earning her college degree and becoming a teacher. She put in many miles and hours commuting to the University of Arizona in Tucson, graduating in 1983. She began teaching in Arizona and moved to Killeen in 1984 with her two children while her husband was stationed in Turkey for a year. She continued teaching in Killeen. The family then moved to El Paso in 1989 and then to Germany in 1991.

When her husband retired from the Army in 1993, the family moved back to Killeen, where she again continued teaching. While in Killeen, she began teaching the Talented and Gifted Program at Willow Springs Elementary School. In 1997, they moved to Austin, where she taught “Quest” at the Giddeons, Cox and Reagan Elementary schools in Cedar Park. She retired from teaching in 2010 to focus full time on family and to enjoy retirement with her husband.

She was an excellent and respected teacher, but family was the most important thing in her life, always. She was a loving, tireless, and proud daughter, wife, mother, sister and Nana. With her beloved mother, Violet, as her model, she created a fun, warm and loving home wherever she lived, supporting her husband and children in all of their activities and enjoying every minute of it. When her husband was gone on temporary duty for long periods of time, she kept everything running smoothly at home. With his help, she took loving care of her mother and her mother-in-law in the last years of their lives, happy to give back the love she had been given.

Cheerful and enthusiastic by nature, she was never happier than when she was with her four young granddaughters, Hope, Isabelle, Audrey, and Ariana. She was a very lively Nana, never too tired to play. Thanks to her years as a teacher, she encouraged intellectual development as part of playing, but always with fun being first. And when a serious illness struck her youngest grandchild, she was there with her husband to help and support her daughter and granddaughter completely, night and day. She never would have had it any other way.

Mrs. Hartline was preceded in death by her parents.

Survivors include her loving husband and partner, Peter Hartline; son, Christopher Hartline and his wife, Jennifer; granddaughters, Hope, Isabelle and Audrey of Suffolk, Va; daughter, Lisa Hartline; granddaughter, Ariana of Austin; brother, Wayne White and his wife, Nina Hurter, of Austin; and sister, Nancy Sanderson of Arizona. She leaves countless friends to miss her as well.

Memorials may be made to Children’s Oncology Group (COG), 3501 Civic Center Blvd., CTRB 10060, Philadelphia, PA 19104, or phone (215) 590-6354, or at www.childrensoncologygroup.org.

Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Beck Funeral Home, 1700 E. Whitestone Blvd. in Cedar Park.

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