Patricia Krueger Stapleton, 83, died Friday, Aug. 19, at NHC Health Center.
Active in mental health, education and arts initiatives, she is best known for her efforts to establish the Family Counseling Center in 1976. The counseling center started as a small alcohol and drug outpatient facility and grew to care for a wide range of behavioral healthcare issues. Following the death of her husband, former Daily Dunklin Democrat publisher Jack Stapleton, Jr., Pat joined FCC as a doctor's assistant -- her first and only paid position since college.
Patricia Ann Krueger was born in La Salle, Ill., Nov. 9, 1927, to Phyllis Moeller Krueger and Kurth Krueger.
After receiving a psychology degree from Washington University in St. Louis, Pat and Jack were married and moved to Kennett to run the Dunklin Democrat in 1953.
Among her achievements, she was president and founding member of the Kennett Counseling Center Board. She later loved being employed by the counseling center up until the time of her death. She was a board member of NHC HealthCare, board member of Visiting Nurses' Association Home Health, board member and choir member of the First United Methodist Church, board member of Kennett Drug Free Schools Initiative, president of the Chamber of Commerce's Kennett Tomorrow commission, longtime volunteer for the Kennett Hospital's physical therapy department, president of Chapter CY of the PEO Sisterhood, president of the Kennett Music Club, president of the 1976 Bicentennial Committee, and president of the Kennett Arts Council.
Pat is survived by a brother, Philip Carl Krueger, of Pembroke Pines, Fla., a former coach and general manager with the Tampa Bay Buccaneer football franchise and his wife, Kathy.
She is the mother of three children, Carrie Stapleton, of Austin, Texas, a physical healthcare specialist, journalist, Sally Stapleton of Groton Long Point, Conn., and musician, Jay Stapleton, of Novato, Calif. Jay is married to Dr. Katherine Schmidt.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 27, at the First United Methodist Church in Kennett.
The family asks in lieu of flowers, friends and loved ones consider a donation in Pat Stapleton's name to the children's services program directed by Family Counseling Center.
Donations may be sent to FCC Children's Services Program, c/o Family Counseling Center Outpatient and Administrative Office, 925 Hwy VV, Kennett, MO 63857, or the Foundation for Geriatric Education, c/o NHC HealthCare Kennett, 1120 Falcon Dr., Kennett, MO 63857. The foundation provides nursing education to local students to better serve the needs of the geriatric population in Kennett.
Pat's children would like to acknowledge and thank the innumerable individuals who provided support, love and laughter, whether or not they knew her or us previously, during the past several months.