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Patricia Ann Dowell Sobotka was born at home south of Diagonal, IA in Grant Township, Ringgold County on January 20, 1933, to Irven Charles Dowell and Edna Jane (Perkins) Dowell, the youngest of six children. In 1937 the family moved to a farm east of Diagonal where she attended country school at Fairview school until fifth grade and then attended Diagonal school where she graduated in May 1951.
She was married to her high school boyfriend, Wallace Sobotka, on December 16, 1951. They lived in Des Moines where she worked at Homestead Life Insurance Co until Wallace was drafted into the Army and she went to be with him at Fort Riley, KS and then Baltimore, MD. When Wallace was sent to Germany, she moved back to Iowa to stay with her parents. Their first child, Nancy Kay, was born on February 23, 1953. Wallace was discharged from the Army, returning to Iowa in February 1954. They then bought their farm north of Benton. On August 24, 1955, their son, Steven Edward, was born.
Patty was a stay-at-home farm wife raising a big garden, canning, baking and sewing for her family. Patty was well known for her pies, kolaches, sugar cookies and cinnamon rolls that she happily shared with everyone she knew. She also blessed many people with baby blankets, pillowcases, tea towels and quilts. She enjoyed taking her garden and sewing projects to the Ringgold County Fair and was very proud of the ribbons she won.
Patty and Wallace were happiest working on the farm, but enjoyed trips to Canada, Colorado, Oregon and Virginia Beach.
Patty passed away on August 2, 2021, at Clearview Estates in Mount Ayr, enjoying Bingo, jigsaw puzzles and her friendships with the other ladies right up to her last moments. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wallace; parents, Irven and Edna (Perkins) Dowell; her parents-in-law, Andrew and Eva (Driskill) Sobotka; her brothers, Iven and Donnie (Evelyn) Dowell; sisters, Mary (Ralph) Stevens, Betty (Don) Trimble and Marge (Dick) Yashack; brothers and sisters-in-law, Elbert, Bernard and Charles Sobotka, Carrol Strange, Darland McGinnis and Maxine (Bill) Myers; her son-in-law, Rudy Saville, her nephew, Ronald Yashack, and niece, Leesa Craig.
Patty is survived by her children, Nancy Saville and Steve (Cyndi) Sobotka; five grandchildren, Mike Sobotka, Michelle (Bryan) Bradley, Bob (Jacque) Sobotka, Melissa Sobotka and Ashlee (Mike) Pruett; 13 great-grandchildren: Rachel and Eva Sobotka, Elizabeth, Andrew, Jacob, Ronny and Leo Sobotka, Michaela and Nicholas Bradley, Ally Waske and Rylee Miles and Alisha and Logan Lomax and three step great-grandchildren, Taylor, Makaila and Michael Pruett. She is also survived by her brother-in-law, Joe (Bernadine) Sobotka; sisters-in-law, Margaret McGinnis, Sheryl Strange, Lynn Sobotka, Cawren Sobotka and Jan Sobotka Sabin; many nieces and nephews and numerous friends.
Armstrong Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Services was at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 10, 2021 at the First Christian Church in Mount Ayr, IA.
Officiating was Pastor Bill Armstrong.
Music was “In The Garden” and “How Great Thou Art”.
Musician was Korbie Rinehart.
Casketbearers were Mike Sobotka, Bob Sobotka, Bryan Bradley, Colby Holmes, Russell Holmes and Gary Smith.
Honorary pallbearers were Rachel Sobotka, Elizabeth Sobotka, Eva Sobotka, Andrew Sobotka, Michaela Bradley, Jacob Sobotka, Nicholas Bradley, Ronny Sobotka, Ally Waske, Leo Sobotka, Rylee Miles, Alisha Lomax and Logan Lomax.
At rest in the Bohemian Cemetery in Diagonal, IA.
Memorials to the Bohemian Cemetery.

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