Patricia "Pat" R. Newell

  • Born: December 27, 1931
  • Died: February 5, 2019
  • Location: Austin, Texas

Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home South

2620 S. Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704
Tel. (512) 442-1446

Tribute & Message From The Family

Pat was born to John and Beulah Ritchey 12/27/31 in Ryan Ok. The youngest of six children, she was preceded in death by her husband, Orville; son, Steve; and six brothers and sisters and their spouses.

Pat was raised on a farm and graduated from Union Valley HS in the last class of seven seniors. She went on to attend Southeastern State College in Durant, Ok. where she earned a degree in Music Education with a concentration in Voice. She married Orville Newell in 1954 and went on to raise his three children as her own. After moving to Austin in 1960, Pat taught Music at Travis Heights Elementary for 34 years until her retirement in 1995. Pat was the Choir Director and taught Sunday school at Grace United Methodist church for several years. As a constant voice for peace, Pat worked diligently with the United Nations volunteer program to help educate various youth groups about that organization.

Pat is survived by two of her children, Barney Newell and Lana Rodriguez; grandchildren, Monica Newell, Kevin Newell (Leigh Anna), Nicholas Rodriguez (Matt Lenz) and Matthew Rodriguez, as well as four great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by thousands of music students at Travis Heights Elementary from 1961-1995. Pat was especially fond of a core group of teacher friends called "Bernice's Girls".

In lieu of flowers, donations can be offered to the Alzheimer's Association.

Funeral Service 11:00 am on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 2620 South Congress Avenue.

Interment will follow at Assumption Cemetery.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I hope that you can find comfort in the words of God found at Psalms 86:17.

Posted by A friend   February 13, 2019

Not only was Mrs. Newell our music teacher, but our neighbor across the street on Alta Vista & family friends - she was deeply loved & respected; our Taylor family's hearts go out to the Newell family.

Posted by Mary Taylor Henderson - Austin, TX - Student   February 12, 2019

I am remembering you and the wonderful daughter you were to your Mom. I know she is rejoicing in Heaven right now---say "I wonder what took so long?"
I met your Mom at the Paramount when all of us went to see Mr. Nick in a play. This picture to the left reminds me of you. You can see her gentle spirit in those eyes.
Love to all the Family. Renee' White

Posted by renee white - Hutto, TX   February 11, 2019

Aunt Pat was such a fun person to be around. As the little sister who replaced my daddy as the baby of the family, he loved her very much. We had a great time going to the Ritchey-Hughes reunion together a few years ago, and the siblings reunion in Austin is still a wonderful memory. Goodbye, Pat. Look forward to seeing you again in heaven.

Posted by Gloria Rose - Tyler, TX   February 11, 2019

Mrs. Newell was a wonderful teacher. She made learning music fun. I always looked forward to going to music class. She will be forever missed.

Posted by Kenneth Read - Austin, TX - Student   February 11, 2019

RIP She taught me music at Travis Heights,Good fun memoriesPrayers and Hugs to Lana

Posted by Terri Jenkins - Austin, TX   February 11, 2019

May she RIP. She taught my son Kenneth Read music at Travis Heights from 1980-86.

Posted by Sheila Mason - Austin, TX - Acquaintance   February 10, 2019

She was one of kind and truly loved teaching her brand of music to us South Austin kids! We loved you back Mrs. Newell!

Posted by Harold Simpson - Plano, TX - Student   February 10, 2019


Thanks to Pat, I got my first teaching job. I had the distinct privilege of teaching Music alongside her at Travis Heights for several years. How she loved the children, and what a terrific sense of humor she had! All those original lyrics she put to familiar tunes! Who can forget "Thunderbirds United" or "Earth Day Boogie?" I will never forget her. God bless Pat, and all those who mourn her loss.

Posted by Lana Stone - Georgetown, TX - Friend   February 10, 2019

May she Rest In Peace.

Posted by Pamela Barney LaBanca - Denison, TX - Friend   February 10, 2019

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