Dophny “Pat Bailey White” Willis, 76 of Deridder, Louisiana, passed away
peacefully in her home December 1, 2022, where she was surrounded
and held by her children and grandchildren. For many years, she fought
the hard battle of terminal kidney disease, however; her body grew
tired, and she was called to her heavenly home. In advance, though. She
excitedly rejoiced in the LORD’s words. She was ready to move on to our
Fathers’ Golden Gates and reunite with her eldest son.
She was born the 8th child, the baby of the Bailey family June 14, 1946,
in Rosepine, Louisiana, to Elmer and Elizabeth Bailey. Pat was a true
Christian lady with the biggest tender heart, never meeting a stranger,
ending every farewell with “I love you” no matter if she just met them.
She is the definition of a mother and grandmother. Some people knew
her as “Pat,” but in her actual world, she was called “Mom” or “Granny.”
From grocery shopping with Mike and Diana, spotting a garage sale sign a
mile away were her favorite things to do. Weekends consisted of
cooking for the “Kids”, as she would say. She would swipe Kenny’s socks
and snicker in Gumbo cooking competitions with Jon insisting that there
should not be any boiled eggs in it. She would stand in the kitchen
teaching Caitlin how to make “her” Chocolate pies, cutting up and pick-
ing on Payton, and motherly loving Baylei. She would be chatting and
planning Christmas shopping with Inkeri for Raymond, Hayden and
CamCam. Not to mention the moment she would see Manuel’s truck she
would cook him his favorite “egg sandwich” that he never could turn
down. Not locking her door because of Punky Punk’s daily visits asking,
“How you doing, you need anything Granny”?
This family had the storybook hallmark gatherings with an abundance of
love and loud laughter. She showed the true meaning of devotion to her
family. These are some of the many memories that this family will always
cherish in the remembrance of Mom and Granny.
Although with great happiness, and love in Pat’s life, she experienced
great sorrow and heartbreak in April 2021, with the loss of her eldest
son, Timothy Ray White, who passed away in his sleep. She tussled with
sorrow and happiness at the same time, showing proof of strength when
the little lady smiled with a tear running down her face missing Tim.
This lady was a genuine Mother, Mom, and best friend.
Pat was preceded in the death by her parents, 5 sisters and 2 brothers.
Left on this earth to cherish her memory are her son, Michael H. White;
daughter, Diana Williamson and husband Kenneth; grandchildren,
Manuel & Inkeri Ybarra, Jonathan & Caitlin Williamson, Payton & Baylei
Williamson, Shawn Williamson and Lindsay Williamson; great
grandchildren, Caleb (Punky-Punk), Lakynn, Raymond, Hayden, Camden
(Cam-Cam); and a host of nieces and nephews.
Pat’s Celebration of Life is being held on Monday, December 5th,
2022, at 2pm and Family Graveside Services Tuesday, December 6,
2022, at 2pm.