Ms. Patricia Gail Hair Van Gorder, loving Mother, Grandmother, Sister and Aunt, age 69, of Danielsville, GA went to be with the Lord April 26, 2017 surrounded by her family. She was preceded in death by her parents, John H. and Mable Hair. Survivors include her Children, Leah Lucas of Colorado, and John Van Gorder of Sugar Hill, GA. Grandchildren Amanda Anne Childress and Evan Lewis Van Gorder; Brothers and Sisters in Law, Ronald Hair of Lilburn, GA; Gary and Blanche Hair of West Memphis, AR; and Samuel and Jan Hair of Dalton, GA; Numerous Nieces and Nephews and Great-Nieces and Great-Nephews also survive. Tricia (Pat) was born April 30, 1947 in Dalton, GA. She attended University of Georgia achieving a Degree in Elementary Education and Master’s Degrees in Education and Art Education. Tricia (Pat) was a life-long teacher of 40 years with Clarke County School District. After retirement, she was a Master Gardener Volunteer at the UGA Cooperative Extension office and the State Botanical Garden of Georgia.  She will be greatly missed by all those who knew, loved and received her cheerful smile. Memorial Service will be Saturday, June 10, at 11 am at the Chapel of State Botanical Garden of Georgia. 2450 S. Milledge Ave, Athens, GA 30605 Aaron Hawkins and Rev. Gary Hair officiating. The family is asking in lieu of flowers give a memorial gift to State Botanical Garden of Georgia or to PBCers.org (The PBCers Organization is a wonderful source of education and support for those who suffer from Primary Biliary Cholangitis (originally Primary Biliary Cirrhosis) and other autoimmune liver diseases.) Arrangements made by Wages and Sons Funeral Home, Inc. - See more at: https://www.wagesandsons.com/obit/patricia-gail-van-gorder/ https://botgarden.uga.edu/support/donations-gifts-memorials/ https://pbcers.org/

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  1. My heart sank when I learned of your passing Pat. My prayers and condolences are with your family and loved ones. The community of gardeners has lost a dear friend to all and a ray of light, laughter, and immense kindness that leaves a huge void. Students, master gardeners, and anyone who knew and loved you as we did know what a wonderful and amazing person we were so very fortunate to have been mentored by. Rest In Peace my friend.

  2. How very sad it makes me, however I know that you are rejoicing in the arms of God, and glorying in the presence of our dear friends Bonnie and Barbara! Our love your son and grandson who miss you so much.

  3. Please accept my deepest condolences for your loss. May the peace of God soften some of the pain in your hearts during this time of sorrow. Phil 4:6,7

  4. God be with you and comfort you in this time of sorrow. Pat was a bright and beautiful flower in God’s garden here on Earth. We will miss her and lift her up to take her place among the angels in the sky. May the Lord welcome her into His kingdom with open arms and a loving heart.

  5. My prayers and thoughts are with you Leah and with your family.You also spoke of your mom with such love and with such wonderful stories.

  6. I have such beautiful memories of Pat – I loved her robust enthusiasm and big beautiful smile. The world has lost a beautiful spirit – a loving mother and teacher. My heartful prayers are with Leah, John and the rest of her family.

  7. I first met Pat after she retired although we both had been teachers in Clark County at the same time. I met her in Master Gardiner class. We both volunteered at the Botanical Garden and worked together several years. She was a dedicated daughter and was proud of her mother. She went nearly every weekend to help look after her mother as her mother’s health declined. It was a long drive. I looked forward to seeing her at the garden and the county extension office. She was a vibrant, enthusiastic lady–fun to be around. I admired her greatly.

  8. I’m so sorry to hear of Pat’s passing. My first memories of her are as a welcoming neighbor in the 1980s and then as my son’s 5th grade teacher and tutor. Her patience served as a wonderful example for all. She touched our lives in such a positive manner. May your loving memories fill the hole in your hearts left by Pat absence.
    In sympathy,

  9. Many fun memories come to mind in thinking of Pat, a friend from childhood. Her grand smile and easy laugh added to much to our high school years. She was an outstanding leader and great friend to everyone at Dalton High class of 1965. Truly a sad day for so many. Love to her family.

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