Patricia Ann Murray Anthone
January 5, 1931 – November 17, 2022
VISIATION: Thursday, December 1st, 5:00-7:00PM, at West Center Chapel, followed by VIGIL at 7:00PM.
MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Friday, December 2nd, 10:30AM at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church, 11802 Pacific St. Luncheon to follow. Interment: Calvary Cemetery.
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In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Essential Pregnancy Services (EPS), Mater Filius Nebraska, or St. Robert Bellarmine Parish.
Patricia Ann Murray Anthone passed away on Thursday, November 17, 2022. Her life is a testament to the grace of God, as He faithfully granted her last prayer to die peacefully in her home, holding the hand of her husband of 70 years, Albert Anthone.
Patricia “Pat” was born to Faber and Mary Josephine Comer Murray in Council Bluffs, Iowa, at Mercy Hospital on January 5, 1931. She had one sister, Mary Margaret (husband Oral “Bub” Hillman), brother Richard “Dick” (wife Catherine DiMauro Murray), and brother Patrick (who died in infancy). The Murray family lived in Missouri Valley, Iowa, about 30 miles north of Omaha, where Faber owned and ran a service station for many years. Pat went to St. Patrick’s grade school and Missouri Valley High School, where she played the saxophone in the marching band. In her sophomore year, at age 16, Pat lost her mother, Josie. It was one of the most difficult and defining moments of her life. Pat’s love and honor for her mother would continue to help guide her through life’s decisions.
After high school, Pat worked at Mutual of Omaha as a file clerk and commuted from Missouri Valley for a few years before moving into an apartment in Omaha with a good friend and schoolmate, Jan Skelton. One weekend, Jan hosted a party to say farewell to a group of guys leaving for Navy boot camp. Pat had her eyes on Al Anthone and made sure to ride in his car and sit close behind him. “Why waste time?” she said. Al was Catholic, dark-haired, and quiet. She wanted that, and so she hooked him! The first time they went on a date, Al was nearly silent. Pat told him she wouldn’t go out with him again unless he started talking … and she laughed because he never stopped talking after that!
Pat and Jan moved to Long Beach, California, to be nearby as Al and his friends joined the Navy. While Al was out on the ship, they’d write letters, and on October 11, 1952, Al and Pat were married at St. Cecelia’s Cathedral in Omaha, Nebraska, with their family joining them to celebrate. The Anthones lived in San Diego, California, for the first two years of marriage (where Pat had their first two children) and then moved back to Omaha in 1954 to raise their family in a home on Binney Street in Holy Name Parish. In 1965, Al & Pat moved to 124th & Shirley in Omaha and became founding members of the St. Robert Bellarmine Parish, where they continue as members today.
Pat provided a loving home for her family, welcoming Al home from work with her hair fixed, freshly made coffee, and something fresh-baked. Everyone loved her chocolate chip cookies and ground-up roast beef sandwiches, even though she did not like to cook. Pat was active in serving her community and Parish through the school, the Ladies Guild (serving as Vice-President), and other activities. She also volunteered and supported Essential Pregnancy Services (EPS) for many years.
Pat was faithful to living her life in honor to God by the practice of her Catholic faith. In her middle age, she attended a spiritual retreat, where she had another defining moment: she came to feel and know that God really loved her in a personal way. She never forgot this and often told this story.
In 1992, when Al retired, Al & Pat enjoyed a new season of spending time with family and traveling around the country, especially Colorado. They also enjoyed traveling to Europe to visit family in Belgium.
The joy of Pat’s life was her family. She loved her husband Al dearly, and her children were her best friends. She loved shopping with her granddaughters and was so proud of her grandsons. Cuddling her great-grandchildren filled her heart. Her hope in life and death was in the Lord, who made a way for her to have peace with God. She was sincere in living her life to honor God and bless others. Her family is forever blessed because of the love and devotion of Patricia Ann Murray Anthone.
Albert & Patricia Anthone’s family:
Mary Jo (Edward McKenna, deceased); Jeanne (Bret Batchelder), children Haley, Brenna, Preston and Brendan; Matthew (Yelitza), children Seth and Ana; Luke, daughters Eliana, Graysen, Calla; Sean (Desi); Gary (Annlouise); Joey (Jen), sons Carter, Landon, and Max; Gabrielle (Chris Hasiak), children Jude, Lucy, Bernadette and Adelaide; Lauren (Ted Dedon), daughters Ana Sophia and Hildegard; Alex (Kacey), daughter Eloise; Emily; Thomas; Barry (deceased); Timothy Sr. (Genise); Sarah, son Mason; Nichole, children Cy and Tommy; Michaela; Timothy Jr.; Mark (Georgeann); Bryan; Lynn, son Harrison; AJ (Holly Valencia), daughter Rylynn; Karen (Bill Ward); Katie; Amy; Billy (Hayley), sons Will and Wyatt; Esther; Andy; Connie, deceased (John Hasterlo, remarried to Stella Karnis); Sam (Hannah), daughter Violet; Ian (Shannon); Catherine; Lydia; Jill (Alice); Colleen.