Patricia Stewart-McCormick, born Patricia Carolyn Myers and affectionately known as “Lady” by her descendants and her students, of Lake Placid, and formerly of Tulsa, Oklahoma, passed away on Jan. 9, 2022, just three days prior to her 88th birthday. She died after a long battle with congestive heart failure.
Patty was born to Nellie and Murray Myers in Muskogee, Oklahoma. She attended Muskogee Schools where she was FFA Sweetheart and Debating champion.
She loved horses and competed as a barrel racer. After graduating from Central High School, she went on to study Law at Northeastern State College and Oklahoma University Law School.
After her first year in law school, she followed her first husband, Murray Baker Stewart to Virginia where he served as a judge advocate in the army. They had three children, Melinda Stewart, Cheryl (Stewart) Lashay of Massachusetts and Jeffrey Stewart of Ohio. After his service, they moved to Tulsa.
Lady lived more and more different lives than most people ever imagine. She was a dedicated Girl Scout leader, leading 40 Tulsa Cadette Troop 191 girls in planning, funding and completing a two-week trip from Tulsa to Washington, D.C. She served as queen of the Zibiah Temple, Daughters of the Nile, and an officer of the Tulsa Figure Skating Club.
After her marriage ended in 1972, Patty built a new life in Lake Placid, where her children were competitive figure skaters. Her mother later joined the family there. There she began working at Northwood School, where she led the food service for 17 years. During the summers, she worked as a chef for the Martha Graham Dance Company and Twyla Tharp Dance. She served as the president of the Skating Club of Lake Placid. She started a catering business and ran a boarding house where she hosted athletes, students and journalists from all over the world. She was a volunteer hostess for the Lake Placid Olympic Committee in 1980. In 1991, she married Bill McCormick.
In her mid-forties, Patty pursued her interest in medicine. She began working on the volunteer ambulance in Lake Placid and went on to get her RN at North Country Community College. She later obtained certification as an ER, ICU, critical care and Life Flight nurse. She worked at Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake until her retirement. In addition to her many responsibilities at the hospital and on Life Flight, Patty led a successful drive to unionize nurses at the hospital. She participated in a professional nursing exchange program in Russia and Hungary. She was named Woman of the Year by the Business and Professional Women’s Foundation.
A lifelong Baptist, she was a member of Memorial Baptist Church in Tulsa, Southern Baptist Chapel in Lake Placid, and Holden Baptist Church in Holden, Massachussets.
Patty loved large and was loved by many. She leaves her three children, Melinda, Jeffrey and Cheryl; their spouses, Richard Hussong, Lynette Stewart and Bruce Leshay; grandchildren Jaron Stewart (Kristin Stewart), Jesse Stewart (Danya Stewart), Melinda Stewart Reisbick (Danny Reisbick), Eric Leshay (Sarah Leshay), Kaila Stolar (Jake Stolar), Ilana Bartok (Shawn Bartok), Charles Hussong, Elizabeth Hussong, Rebecca Stewart and Eleanor Stewart as well as 11 great-grandchildren.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend calling hours from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 20 in the Miles Funeral Home, 1158 Main St., Holden, or view online at www.milesfuneralhome.com. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, appropriate social distancing and wearing of a mask will be required. A private funeral service will be held for Patricia at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the North Country Community College Foundation, www.nccc.edu/about/foundation/index.htmi. To share a memory or offer an online condolence, please visit www.milesfuneralhome.com.