Nearing the end of her life Pat Castellaw was asked what she wanted most. Her answer, simple and sweet, “a picnic with my family.” No longer was the home she needed to sell, her yardwork, her bills or even her hair being out of place of any importance to her. She stated that she was waiting for Terry and Tom to come and be with her and desired the love and laughter of them and their families at one last family picnic.

Patricia Ann York Castellaw (Pat), returned to her heavenly home on May 24, 2019, surrounded by her loving family. She was born July 6, 1936, to Clem and Margaret (McCarter) York. She grew up in Bayard where she graduated from high school.

In Pat’s words: “We built our home in 1965 and lived in Bayard all of our married life. Duane worked for the city for 28 years until he suffered a heart attack in 1993, forcing him to retire. I worked for the First National Bank, the City of Bayard (Light and Water Department), Great Western Sugar, Western Sugar, Brown Bean and Kelley Bean Company through the years. I was working at the First National Bank when Duane had his heart attack and I quit to stay home with him. Duane passed away on March 11, 2003, of congestive heart failure.

Through the years we enjoyed boating, fishing and camping. We also enjoyed taking a vacation trip every year. We had a full and happy life together.”

After the passing of Duane, Pat enjoyed much of her time traveling, gambling, watching Husker games and just having fun with her “Best” friend Jim Rice.

Left to cherishb Pat’s special memories are her two sons Terry Castellaw of Alliance, Nebraska; Tom (Trish) Castellaw of Merriman, Nebraska; 8 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren, brother Larry (Linda) York of Hawk Springs, Wyoming; sister-in-law Helen Rice of Bayard, Nebraska; special “Best” friend Jim Rice of Bayard, Nebraska, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Among those rejoicing and celebrating with Pat as our savior walks her up the stairs of heaven, is her husband Duane, her parents Clem and Margaret York, her two brothers and their wives Leonard (Beulah) York, Lloyd (Wilma) York and her brother-in-law Don Rice.

We will all cherish the sweet memories we made with Pat and as a tribute to her let’s all make a special effort to remember what is truly important and take the time to enjoy more family picnics.

Cremations has taken place. A memorial service in Pat’s honor will be held June 15, 2019, at 10 a.m., at the Church of Christ in Bayard.

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