Patricia Adams Sterling


Gone home to be with the Lord, June 25, Georgetown, Texas.
Patricia Lillian Sterling, née Adams, was born Jan. 24, 1924, in Glendale, Calif.
The youngest of three siblings, she was orphaned at 4, was taken in by her cousin, Effie, and lived in Dallas, Texas; St. Louis, Mo.; and New York City. She attended the Mary Institute and Saint Louis Country Day School as a child and St. Faiths boarding school, Saratoga Springs, N.Y., as a teen. After high school, she attended secretarial school then enlisted in the Women’s Marines (WAM) and worked as a secretary in Washington, D.C. Discharged at the conclusion of WWII, she returned to California, where she met the love of her life, Lee Bernard Sterling. Patty and Lee were married in 1948 and spent most of the next 15 years in the Chicago area. They moved the family to Houston in 1965, ran a successful printing business in Austin for many years, traveled throughout the world and retired to Pagosa Springs, Colo., in 1986. There she could ski and hike to her heart’s content. Patty and Lee were both very active in the community. Her activities included tutoring for GED exams, assistant teacher for ESL students, health fair volunteer, co-chair for Relay for Life Cancer Drive, library volunteer, board member of Friends of the Library, and activities chair for the Pagosa Springs Grey Wolf Ski Club. She was also an active member of St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church. After Dad passed away, she moved to Sun City, Georgetown, Texas.
She loved her husband, children and grandchildren and had many friends. Patty was a Francophile, an active member of Grace Episcopal (Georgetown), a wine enthusiast, an avid reader, a lover of music, art and theater. She made sure her children appreciated them as well.
She was greatly loved and will be greatly missed.
Preceded in death by her husband, Lee Bernard Sterling; her father, Edmund Burke Adams; her mother, Leola Morris Arenschield Adams; her brothers, Edmund Burke Adams Jr. and Andrew Morris Adams; and her grandson, Ryan Sterling Davies.
Survived by her children, Sally Anna Salino, Scott Adams Sterling, Amy Catherine Davies and Andrew Louis Sterling, nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.