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1. Title:   Follett-DeValska Family Questionnaire Responses (1992-1993)

a. Note:   N9 My Aunt Jan was a lovely person whom I and my sisters enjoyed so much when we had the opportunity to spend time with her. Although she was raised in “the North”, she had acquired a lovely southern drawl from her many years spent in Texas after she married Connor, and she had a very nice sense of style. She always seemed to be kind and gracious to all people around her, even us kids.
  Jan and Connor visited us (her brother’s family) from time to time in Fargo and at our lake cabin in Minnesota. I recall especially a fun time we had one summer at the cabin when they visited us with my cousins Pat and Debbie for an extended stay (a week or two?).
  My nephew Jason Pfaff and his wife Jennifer stayed with Jan and Connor briefly and unexpectedly during their sudden move from Misissippi after Hurricane Katrina. It was only a few months later when Jan fell on the stairs in her home (she was carrying some clothing at the time). She must have hit her head and died from the fall. It was an untimely death and she is much missed. ________________________________
  Obituary at
  Janice Elaine Patman, age 84, of Texarkana, Texas died Monday, October 3, 2005 at her residence.
  Mrs. Patman was born January 9, 1921 in Moorhead, MN. She was a homemaker and was a member of First United Methodist Church, Texarkana, Arkansas. She was a Foundation Board Member of Opportunities, Inc. and was a former Wadley Foundation Board Member and was a member of the Texarkana Memorial Unit.
  She is survived by her husband, Connor W. Patman of Texarkana, TX; one son and daughter-in-law, Connor Wright Jr. and Mary Beth Patman of Dallas, TX; one daughter and son-in-law, Deborah Jean and Alan Schimming of Texarkana, TX; one brother Robert Follett of Medford, Oregon; four grandchildren, Jeff Patman, Connor W. Patman III, Meredith Schimming and Sarah Schimming; and a number of other relatives.
  Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday at the First United Methodist Church with Dr. Herbert Wren and Rev. Charles Settle officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Park under the direction of Texarkana Funeral Home.
  The family will receive friends at the Funeral Home Thursday from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. _______________________________
  Following is a Bio I prepared in the 1990s after doing some family research:
  Janice ("Jan") Follett was born in St. Ansgar's Hospital in Moorhead, MN. on January 9, 1921 to Leland and Jeanette Follett. She had an older brother, Robert, my father. Her first years were spent in Sabin, Mn. where Grampa was a cashier at the Sabin Bank, but the family moved to Moorhead, Mn. in 1924 after her maternal grandmother, Martha Johnson died. They lived in the house Martha had inherited from her husband Even Johnson. In 930 the family moved to Wisconsin, but when Grampa lost his FDIC job in 1934 they came back to Fargo and Grampa went to work with his brother Clarence at Smith, Follett & Crowl.
  After high school, Janice attended North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND. for 2 years, where her major was Home Economics. In her third year she went to Washington, D.C. where she attended the Washington School for Secretaries. She met her future husband Connor Wright Patman on Sept. 1, 1941 on a blind date arranged by friends. At the time he was in law school at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
  Janice and Connor were married on August 22, 1942 in El Paso, Texas where Connor was stationed as a 2nd Lieutenant at Fort Bliss. Her bridesmaids were Mary Louise Long and Margaret Blasingame. For their honeymoon Connor obtained a two day pass and they went to Ruidoso, New Mexico.
  After the marriage, Connor was in the service and stationed in different spots until he went overseas in 1943. Jan went back to Fargo, N.D. and lived with her mom and dad and worked at the War Production Board until Connor came back 22 months later. He was discharged as a Lieutenant Colonel in October 1945.
  Jan and Connor have lived in Texarkana, TX. for as long as I can remember and they have two children. Connor Wright Patman, Jr. ("Pat") was adopted and his birthdate is Aug. 17, 1950. Debbie Patman was born to Jan and Connor on November 2, 1953 at St. Michael's Hospital in Texarkana, TX.
  Debbie married Alan Shimming on April 9 in Texarkana at the Arkansas Methodist Church. They have two children: Meredith and Sarah. They currently also live in Texarkana.
  Pat married Mary Beth Blain in 1983 at a Presbyterian Church in Dallas, TX. They have two children: Mary Beth's son Jeffrey from a previous marriage to Gary Young, and Connor III. Their family lives in Dallas.
  Jan and Connor continue to live in Texarkana at 3502 Potomac. Jan's interests include civic work, golf and bridge and she and Connor have travelled extensively throughout the world. Jan says some were learning trips such as Russia, China and Ireland. And some were fun trips such as a Panama Canal Cruise and a Rhine Cruise. Connor is an attorney, who is also involved in real estate development. He has built many office buildings, and they currently have a small retail commercial shopping center called "Summerhill Square."
  Throughout our growing up years, us Follett kids always enjoyed the visits by Dad's sister Jan, and Connor and the Patman kids Pat and Debbie. I particularly remember their summer visits where we would alternately sit around the kitchen table with Connor playing penny poker, or we would swim and splash in the lake together. I also recall the great raft we put together at Pat's instigation, with my brother Steve as second mate. (It was composed of a couple of inner tubes, a piece of wooden dock and a mast and sail) We were certain we could have sailed around the world on it. However, we were lucky to sail it to the island and back and still remain alive! Pat also had interesting theories of the secret caves that lay on the shores of the other side of the lake. Several times we went over to investigate and try to "find" them.
  The first time I recall meeting Jan she had dark brown hair and I was intrigued by how much younger she seemed than my mom and dad. On her next trip she turned up a blond, with her hair done up in an elegant french twist like Tipi Hedren in the famous Hitchcock movies, and she has been blond ever since. We can only assume she has had more fun. Like her mother, she has always been impeccably dressed and I recall her as being very conscious of her appearance. She also has a very warm and congenial personality and is very generous. For instance, she always managed to send a little something to her nieces and nephew on their birthdays or at Christmas, especially when we were little. My sister Peg and I loved a couple of fairly-like negligees we received from Jan when we were little. We danced and danced in front of the mirror wearing them. is NOT responsible for the content of the GEDCOMs uploaded through the WorldConnect Program. The creator of each GEDCOM is solely responsible for its content.