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Patricia Canfield Mickelis, born April 21, 1925, went to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on January 19, 2022. Born in Tuttle, North Dakota just outside of Bismarck, Patricia arrived in Liberty, Texas in 1937, at the age of 12 with her mother and two sisters. Her mother Ruth, was a professional photographer and opened a photography studio on Grand Avenue in Liberty, Texas. Patricia learned the art of color photography by hand at a young age. In 1942 she graduated at the top of her class of Liberty High School. Patricia was an excellent businesswoman which was extremely rare for the times. Her excellent business acumen led her to open her own photography studio, Photos by Pat on McGowen Street in downtown Houston. As fate would have it, the serendipity of life took over, as one day her future husband Nick Mickelis walked in the door to have portraits of himself taken, to send to his mother in Patmos, Greece his homeland. Pat always said that lightning struck as she took the first photos of her husband to be and she fell madly in love. Nick and Pat were married in the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral in 1958, they had two children, George and Angela, and raised their family upstairs in the Cleburne Cafeteria on Cleburne Street between Main and Fannin. Patricia and her late husband Nick spent their entire lives working side-by-side in the Cleburne Cafeteria, Pat could always be seen at the cash register helping move the line along. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She leaves behind her son George, daughter Angela, grandchildren Athena, Nickolas, Anthony and Matthew, as well as many friends and nieces. A very special heartfelt thank you to Augustina (Tina) Rodriguez, for all the love care and support she gave my mother while she lived out her final years in our home.
Services will be held at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 3511 Yoakum Blvd., in Houston, on Saturday January 22, 2021. A Trisagion service will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a funeral service starting at 9:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery in Houston.