Patricia C. Cloud, 78, of Orange, died Friday, Feb. 26, 2010, at her home. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 2, at Claybar Funeral Home Chapel in Orange. Officiating will be Jerry Rogers of Orange Seventh Day Adventist Church. Burial will follow at Orange Forest Lawn Cemetery in West Orange. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Born in Indianapolis, Ind. on April 15, 1931, Patricia was the daughter of James King Ashley and Madge Elizabeth Hynes. Patricia was a nurse educator for McNeese University. Active in her community, Patricia belonged to the American Association of University Women and at one time, organized the political campaigns in Orange County for John Tower and George H. W. Bush.  As an oncology nurse specialist, she volunteered as a hospice caregiver in the early days of Southeast Texas Hospice, and was a mastectomy consultant for breast cancer patients. She golfed, snow skied, played tennis, always giving a hundred percent to whatever she did. She was a good woman, and was loved by many.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband of 60 years, James Presley Cloud; and grandson, Brandon Michael Williams.

Patricia is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Luanne and Tim Jones of Joshua, Jean and Doug Mathews of Phoenix, Ariz. and Jill Smith, of Orange; son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Lisa Cloud of Orange. She is also survived by her seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sister and brother-in-law, Jeanne and Carlos Acosta, of Virginia; brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Anita Ashley, of Oklahoma; half-brother, James King Ashley III; and half-sister, Ina Jean, of Indiana.

Serving as pallbearers will be Scott Cloud, Tim Jones, Doug Mathews, Jason Cloud, James Mathews, and Stephen Jones. Honorary pallbearer will be Matthew Smith.

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