Age 89, of Holt, MI, went home to be with her Lord Jesus Christ on Tuesday, July 6, 2021. She died peacefully surrounded by her loving family, hand-in-hand with her two sons. Patricia was born on October 9, 1931 in Lansing, Michigan to Ivy (Fairweather) and Kenneth Watson, formerly of Cambridge, England.
Although born in Lansing, Patricia returned to her English roots with her parents and four siblings prior to the onslaught of WWII, traveling on the Queen Mary. It was in Cambridge that she discovered a love and passion for dance and achieved numerous certifications including: M.R.A.D. from London, England, A.S.I.T.D. in Musical Comedy, Tap and Ballroom, and a Teacher’s Certificate of Cecchetti Method of Classical Ballet. Patricia is also a former member of the Cecchetti Council of America.
Following the war, Patricia’s family returned to Lansing where she opened The Patsy Watson School of Dance in 1950; one of the first studios in Lansing, and the training ground for dance teachers of numerous other studios. Patsy found immense joy and purpose in sharing the love and discipline of dance with thousands of children and families throughout her 70-year teaching career. Her love of dance and family was only superseded by her love for Jesus. Whether she was teaching a dance routine, taking care of her own children, or helping a neighbor in need, she infused everything she did with the eternal hope of Jesus Christ.
Patricia was preceded in death by her former husband, Thomas Bird Mitchell, her daughter, Rhonda Rose Mitchell Bryan, and siblings, Tony Watson, Dallas Watson, and Anita (Watson) Forman. She is survived by her sons, Thomas Bird Mitchell III (Nancy) and Jerome Kenneth Mitchell (Amy), her older sister, Pamela Dunworth, eight grandchildren, Jenna, Emily, Matthew, Vanessa, Ronny, Katherine, Andrew, Anna, and ten great-grandchildren, Grace, Liam Owen, Wyatt, Wesleigh-Kate, Moses, Jonah, Lola, Ivey, and Grayson.
A Celebration of Patricia’s Life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 13, 2021, at South Lansing Christian Church, 6300 N. Aurelius Rd., Lansing, MI, with visitation beginning at 12:00 p.m. A graveside committal will follow at Maple Ridge Cemetery in Holt.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to: “Joshua and Caleb Leadership Center” in Brecksville, OH, or visit: https://joshuacalebleaders.org/make-a-financial-investment/. Arrangements are by the Estes-Leadley Holt/Delhi Chapel.