Patricia Brock believed in importance of family

Monday, December 31, 2012 | 7:08 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Patricia Brock instilled the importance of family and friends in her children. She taught them about the connective power of family bonds.

"She was love," her son Trel Brock said. "Family was the most important thing."

Patricia Ann Burke Brock of Columbia died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012. She was 83.

Mrs. Brock was born March 24, 1929, in Charleston, Mo. She was the 10th and youngest child of Emmett and Lena Burke. She married her high school sweetheart, Allan Brock.

Her education started in a one-room school house, where she was taught by her older brother.

"She went off to school very young, three or four," her daughter Tricia Brock said. "She wasn't even old enough for kindergarten."

Education was important to Mrs. Brock. She attended William Woods College and got her master's in education at MU. She began her teaching career at the Star School, a one-room school house in McBaine that housed eight grades.

Mrs. Brock believed that education was the "foundation and the future," Tricia Brock said.

Mrs. Brock cherished the friendships she cultivated from a young age and throughout her life. She always had a tight-knit group of friends, Tricia Brock said. "These relationships fed her and made her life incredibly rich."

Mrs. Brock loved to tell stories about her travels.

"Her absolute favorite was Africa," Tricia Brock said. "She only went once, but she talked about it for a long time after. She loved the light."

Tricia Brock said that what she would miss most about her mother is the belief and support she offered. When Tricia Brock started her own business, Mrs. Brock's support was crucial.

"It was her unwavering belief in me that allowed me to stick with it," Tricia Brock said. "There was nothing like it."

Mrs. Brock is survived by four children, Tricia Brock and Trel Brock, both of New York City, N.Y., Beth Wright and her husband, Mark, of St. Louis, and Gregg Brock and his wife, Connie, of Malibu, Calif.; a brother, John Burke, of Charleston; a sister, Sally Winchester, of Charleston; five grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Her husband, Allan Brock, and several siblings died earlier.

A service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Missouri United Methodist Church, 204 S. Ninth St. She will be buried at the I.O.O.F. cemetery in Charleston, Mo.

Donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.

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