Patricia Jean Poole Cleek Dorsett, better known as Patsy, passed on into Jesus’s arms on March 1, 2021, in Naples, Florida. Patsy was born in New Castle, Indiana on May 26, 1935. She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Margaret Poole, who were long-time residents of New Castle. She is survived by her sister Margaret E Walls; her children, Cindy Troxell and husband Ernie, Jill Martin, Deborah Ferrell and husband Terry, and David Cleek; her grandchildren, Joel Troxell, Bryan Troxell, Jackson Martin, Christopher Ferrell, Matthew Ferrell, Nicholas Ferrell, Marilyn Ferrell, Katie Cleek, Abby Cleek, Bryan Cleek, and Joseph Cleek; and seven great-grandchildren. A private graveside service to celebrate Patsy’s life will be on Saturday, June 12. Patsy grew up in New Castle, Indiana as a member of the Presbyterian church. She was a member of the Sunshine Club and active in school activities such as speech, politics, radio and book clubs.
Patsy was a survivor of polio which she contracted at the age of 15. Contracting this disease at such a young age shaped Patsy’s determination to enjoy life to the fullest. She spent her summers at Lake Wawasee in Syracuse, Indiana with her parents, sister, and children. She raised her children in Orchard Park, New York, and Greensboro, North Carolina before settling in Conyers, GA where she resided for many years. The last five years of Patsy’s life were spent in one of her favorite places, Naples, Florida where she was a member of the Naples Community Church and the Imperial Golf Club.
Patsy studied at Georgia State University and was an inspiring English teacher for 10 years. In addition to teaching, Patsy was the president of the League of Women Voters, played piano for her children’s dance company, owned her own business, was involved in church activities, and was a travel agent. When she wasn’t planning other peoples’ travels, she was planning her own trips around the world. While at home, she enjoyed the beach and relaxing on her lanai. She appreciated everything life had to offer, from the arts, theatre, history, books, trivia, swimming, and watching sunsets. She loved to socialize, go shopping, eat out, and spend time with her family. She had a fighting spirit and was full of poise and grace. Patsy will be greatly missed, but she will remain in our hearts forever.
Graveside services will be conducted at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, June 12 in South Mound Cemetery, New Castle with son-in-law, Pastor Ernie Troxell officiating. Arrangements by Macer-Hall-Marcum & Moffitt Funeral Home, 2011 East Broad Street, New Castle, Indiana. Online condolences may be made at www.macerhall.com