MIDLAND, Texas — Patricia Dabney, or “Patty” as she was affectionately known, left us much too soon after a car accident on Wednesday, May 19. Patty will be remembered for her giving heart, her energetic spirit, and the unique person that she was. She was one of a kind and will be greatly missed by her family and many friends.
She was a proud native of Maine being born, raised and educated in the Philips/Farmington area and graduating from Mt. Blue High School in 1971. Prior to leaving Maine, she worked in the medical field as a certified nursing assistant at Victorian Villa Rehabilitation & Nursing Home in Canton.
She loved caring for her patients and they appreciated and loved her in return. In 1996, she and future husband Tommy, left Maine with a destination of Arizona in mind, but with a stopover in Midland, Texas.
Midland became their home and where they would build their lives together, but she never forgot Maine and her strong family ties here. She loved her family dearly, especially her only child Richard, and enjoyed “coming home” to spend time with her family and spoiling her grandchildren, with plans to return to Maine.
She was employed with St. Joseph’s Home Health as a billing clerk for the past three years. She was respected and well loved by her coworkers and supervisors.
Prior to that, she worked at Allen Prosthetics & Orthotics and HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital. Her absence will be a huge void that will be felt forever.
She is survived by her husband, Tommy Dabney of Midland, Texas; son, Richard Finnegan and wife, Heather; as well as grandchildren, Draven and Kianna Finnegan and Dylan and Makenzie Lord, of Peru; mother, Olive Jean Welch and father, Joseph Welch, both of Augusta; brother, Jeff Welch and family, of Embden; niece, Shannon Welch of Embden; nephew, Jon Welch and family of East Dixfield; nephew, Mark Welch of Chicago, Ill.; and her beloved dog Max. The four winds have safely blown her home, joining her brother Michael Welch and stepfather Clifford Welch.