Patty Baack, longtime Miami/Globe resident, passed away on November 3 at American Orchards memory care facility in Mesa.
Patty was born in Abilene, Texas in 1933 and grew up on the family farm in Wylie, just south of Abilene. Aft er graduating from high school she married her high school sweetheart, T.R. Baack. They had a son, Tracy, and in 1962 moved to Globe, where T.R. assumed a teaching and coaching position at Miami High School.
After Tracy started school Patty commuted to Arizona State University, graduating with an elementary teaching degree. She taught in the Miami School District for 25 years. She was a tireless worker for her school, cooking up hundreds of batches of beans for burro sales, working with the PTO and serving on the negotiating team, representing teachers.
In 1988 Patty and T.R. built their dream home on the top of a mountain north of Chaparral Loop.
When Patty retired from teaching, she transferred her energies to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, where she was especially involved in the Women of Worship group. She enjoyed the Tuesday sewing and craft sessions, but her pet project was the Holiday Food Box program. The wonderful friends she made in the group were a constant source of uplifting cards and supportive messages when Patty left her home for Mesa.
For years Patt y was also the head cheerleader and “team mom” for T. R.’s fastpitch soft ball team, never missing a game. She spent countless days and nights camping with T. R. and Tracy, later joined by her grandsons, feeding the hunters. Troy and Jamie were devoted to their grandmother and have a wealth of great memories of time spent camping or “up on the hill” with Grandma.
Patty remained stoic and active aft er losing T.R. in 2004, but her heart and health broke when her beloved son, Tracy, died suddenly in 2019. They had an extraordinarily close relationship. He lived with her during the work week after he opened a store in Miami in 2011; they never seemed to run out of things to talk about.
Patty was preceded in death by her parents and siblings, and T.R. and Tracy. She is survived by her grandsons Jamie and his wife Laura, Troy and his wife Casey, and their three daughters, and her daughter-in-law, Pam, all of Mesa; brother-in-law Richard Baack and his wife Pat; sister-in-law Mary Hardt; and many nieces and nephews and their families.
A memorial luncheon will be served for St. Paul congregants. In lieu of flowers, please donate to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church for their food box program or Women of Worship.