Patricia "Patti" Anne Varner, 53, of Holly Hill entered into the loving arms of Jesus on April 5, 2021, after a brief illness.
Born on July 23, 1967 in Orangeburg, to Roy Carl Varner and Patricia Reed Varner, Patti was the baby sister to Tim, Dawn, and Eddie.
After graduating from Holly Hill with a certificate, Patti went on to eventually work at Santee Industries and resided in a small family style group home in Holly Hill. Highlights of her life were weekends with her parents at the lake, church attendance, social activities to include an annual dance with her coworkers , gatherings that included her siblings, nieces and nephews.
Patti was a great “time keeper” She was at her best when life ticked along in a routine. There was a time and purpose for everything. A time to rise and shine, a time to eat, (and don’t be late!) a time to dance, a time to laugh and a time to weep. There was a time to visit and a time to go home.
One of the funniest expectations she had was met by her dad. Every time she returned to Holly Hill, she insisted upon five quarters to support her daily work week “soda machine” habit. ... life could get a little stressful if dad only found four! It became their Love language.. time to go home, get the quarters and let’s “ride”. She loved to snuggle with stuffed animals at bedtime or sad times. She loved her mama and depended on her to keep things balanced.
She laughed with her nieces and nephews, especially with her “third niece” Meagan as they shared an old movie line “The eagle has landed, the horse is in the barn, the chicken is in the pot!” The minute she would see Meagan she would spout off “The eagle has landed!” And wait for Meagan to follow her cue. The laughter would roll around the room. By the same token, if Patti was a little out of sorts , Meagan would prompt her with the eagle and Patti would immediately change her foul mood to bursts of giggles. It was a rite reserved for just the two of them however. When Meagan’s mom decided to borrow the movie line to try and cheer a moody moment, Patti sharply turned to her and said “DON’T YOU START THAT WITH ME!!”
Most of Patti’s life was filled with the diligence guidance, wisdom and advocacy of her loving parents on her behalf. Unexpectedly her physical and neurological life took a hard hit at the end of 2020. Decisions became increasingly difficult as they relied upon her medical and psychological team to navigate these new challenges. Finally about two weeks ago, her health steadily diminishing, Patti shared a deep and intimate time with her close brother Eddie, and longingly pleaded for her family to allow her to go to her heavenly home. He prayed with her and for her as she held his hand tightly to her chest. And there was peace and agreement in that decision.
She spent her last ten days in a beautiful hospice facility tenderly attended and visited by her parents and brother Eddie as well as the wonderful staff. In the early hours Monday, on the heels of our great resurrection celebration, God determined it was time.... time, sweet child to come Home.
Patti is survived by her parents, her sister, Dawn, her brothers Tim and Eddie. Her brother in law Mark (Cercopely) her sister in law Zelda (Varner) three nieces , three nephews as well as great nieces and nephews.
Waiting to hug her second after Jesus, was her sorely missed Gammy (Eudora Lamber Felder).
She was also preceded in death by her maternal grandfather Powell Reed Felder, paternal grandparents Edward M and Thelma Hill Varner.
Patti, we have shed our tears, mostly for the challenges you had to endure these last months. Sorrowful for the empty places you leave in our hearts, missing your combustible zany laugh , missing your love for all people. But we celebrate the new life that is yours, from here until forever more. We know it is your desire to see us all again. May we live with eternity as our focus. And until our glory train arrives, you and Gammy keep your eyes on the horizon!
A memorial service to remember and honor Patti's life will be at 3:00 P.M. Sunday, April 18, 2021 at the Eutawville Cemetery in Eutawville. The family will visit with those in attendance following the service.
Expressions of sympathy may be viewed or submitted online at https://www.avingerfh.com/.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Avinger Funeral Home, 2274 Eutaw Rd., Holly Hill, SC 29059, (803) 496-3434.