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Patricia Stewart-McCormick, born Patricia Carolyn Myers and affectionately known as “Lady” by her descendants and students, of Lake Placid, and formerly of Tulsa, Oklahoma, died on January 9, 2022, just three days before her 88th birthday. She died after a long battle with congestive heart failure.

Patty was born to Nellie and Murray Myers in Muskogee, Oklahoma. She attended Muskogee Schools where she was FFA Sweetheart and Debating Champion.

She loved horses and was a barrel racer. After graduating from Central High School, she continued her law studies at Northeastern State College and the University of Oklahoma Law School.

After her freshman year in law school, she followed her first husband, Murray Baker Stewart, to Virginia where he served as a judge advocate in the military. They had three children, Melinda Stewart, Cheryl (Stewart) Lashay from Massachusetts and Jeffrey Stewart from Ohio. After his service, they moved to Tulsa.

Lady has lived increasingly different lives than most people ever imagine. She was a dedicated Boy Scout leader, leading 40 Tulsa Cadette Troop 191 girls in planning, funding, and executing a two-week trip from Tulsa to Washington, D.C. She served as Queen of the Temple of Zibiah, Daughters of the Nile, and Officer of the Tulsa Figure Skating Club.

After her marriage ended in 1972, Patty built a new life in Lake Placid, where her children were competitive figure skaters. His mother then joined the family there. There she began working at Northwood School, where she ran the food service for 17 years. During the summers she worked as a conductor for the Martha Graham Dance Company and Twyla Tharp Dance. She was president of the Lake Placid Skating Club. She started a catering business and ran a boarding house where she hosted athletes, students and journalists from all over the world. She was a volunteer hostess for the Lake Placid Olympic Committee in 1980. In 1991, she married Bill McCormick.

In her mid-40s, Patty pursued her interest in medicine. She started working on the volunteer ambulance in Lake Placid and later got her nurse at North Country Community College. She went on to earn certification as an ER, ICU, ICU and Life Flight nurse. She worked at the Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake until her retirement. In addition to her many responsibilities at the hospital and on Life Flight, Patty led a successful campaign to organize nurses at the hospital. She participated in a professional nursing exchange program in Russia and Hungary. She was named Woman of the Year by the Business and Professional Women’s Foundation.

A lifelong Baptist, she was a member of Memorial Baptist Church in Tulsa, Southern Baptist Chapel in Lake Placid, and Holden Baptist Church in Holden, Massachussets.

Patty loved big and was loved by many. She leaves her three children, Melinda, Jeffrey and Cheryl; their spouses, Richard Hussong, Lynette Stewart and Bruce Leshay; grandchildren Jaron Stewart (Kristin Stewart), Jesse Stewart (Danya Stewart), Melinda Stewart Reisbick (Danny Reisbick), Eric Leshay (Sarah Leshay), Kaila Stolar (Jake Stolar), Ilana Bartok (Shawn Bartok), Charles Hussong, Elizabeth Hussong, Rebecca Stewart and Eleanor Stewart as well as 11 great-grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend call hours from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, February 20 at Miles Funeral Home, 1158 Main Street, Holden, or view online at www.milesfuneralhome.com. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, proper social distancing and wearing a mask will be required. A private funeral service will be held for Patricia at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the North Country Community College Foundation, www.nccc.edu/about/foundation/index.htmi. To share a memory or offer a condolence online, please visit www.milesfuneralhome.com.

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