Patricia Aynne Jennings, 68, Lyndon: March 6, 1952 – April 4, 2020

LYNDON, Kan. – Patricia Aynne (Steen) Jennings, 68, passed away peacefully at her home in Lyndon, Kan., in the company of her love husband, Kenneth, and her three faithful dogs Ryker, Tosha and Muttley, on April 4, 2020.

She was born March 6, 1952, in Ithaca, N.Y., to Lillian Carpenter and Walter Earl Steen. She and her brother, Walter Earl Steen Jr., were raised by their foster mother, Mabel Elian. They have all preceded her in death.

Patty, as she was later known, attended and graduated from Bakers College and was an amazing cook. She owned and operated three different restaurants, including the Rolling Pin Bakery, at Lyndon. Patty also worked in long-term care, a Ford dealership in Wichita, Kan., and the Veteran’s Administration, in San Antonio, Texas. Most recently, she owned a home-based sewing business called The Dancing Needle Embroidery.

Patty married the love of her life, Kenneth David Jennings, on Feb. 6, 2011, in Burlington, Kan. He survives. She inherited stepdaughter Laura (Robert) Sidlinger and step-granddaughter Ashley (Casey) Bryan, both of Topeka, Kan., and reconnected with daughter Allison Jordan and granddaughter Samantha, of New Braunfels, Texas. In addition to her family, she is survived by her best friends, Ann Hladky, Topeka, and Deb Smith, Lyndon.

Patty was extremely creative and artistic, and could do anything she put her mind to! She was always supportive and willing to lend a hand, and that generosity was returned when she needed help, as people hosted fund raisers and donated to her medical expenses.

Patty was probably best known for her personas of Mother Goose and Mrs. Claus. She delighted many children and adults. She was a master at managing a room full of overly excited children.

Patty was active in several Eastern Star chapters over the years.

In 2019, Patty’s Posse was created, and founding members included Patty, Laura, Ashley and sister-in-law Sara (Duke) Windsor, of Topeka. The Posse completed several bucket list trips, attended concerts and plays, and most recently attended the American Cancer Society’s Couture for Cancer. Along the way, the Posse was expanded to include friends and extended family in Nashville, St. Louis, Topeka and Texas. Patty’s Posse members both grieve her loss and celebrate her life and courageous spirit.

Patty received excellent care from the team at Elara Caring through their hospice program. We are forever grateful for your compassion, love and support for the last six months.

A celebration of life will be held at the Lyndon Community Center at a later date. She was cremated.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1315 SW Arrowhead Rd., Topeka, KSs 66604-4020, or at www.cancer.org. Thank you to all who touched her life and ours.

 

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