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Patricia Carolyn Ponder Mannheimer

Obituary for Patricia Carolyn Ponder Mannheimer

January 28, 1934 - November 11, 2018
San Antonio, Texas | Age 84


Patricia Carolyn Ponder Mannheimer went to be in the presence of God on November 11, 2018. She fought hard for two weeks with a struggling heart, and is now free from all pain and restrictions of her earthly body, in the beauty of Heaven. She had such great love for her family and we all miss and love her immeasurably. She was born in Dallas, Texas and grew up with a love of horses, sports, and the outdoors, considered a bit of a tomboy for the times in which she spent her youth. She was a beauty all her life and captured the heart of Richard Mannheimer when she was 20 years old. They married and began a life together that would last 63 years.

She devoted her energy and creative spirit to raising her three children and helping her husband in his career, taking on many leadership roles in organizations that they were involved in, always giving and never thinking of her self. She was president of Southwest Research Institute's Wives Club, a Girl Scout leader, and a Master Gardener, among many other accomplishments. Our mother made our childhoods happy and secure, holidays and birthdays were magical. She had high standards for our educations, and also encouraged us in our pursuits of sports and later, college and jobs. She was dignified and polished, without losing one bit of kindness and compassion for others, a rare combination.

As we got older, she took up tennis, which she grew to love for the sport itself and the friends she made. She excelled at it, and was Captain for many championship teams at the local, state, and national level. She cherished all those dear friends, and spent many fun times in lessons, leagues, traveling to competitions, and to watch the US Open in New York. Though she eventually retired from tennis, she continued in those friendships throughout her life.
She had many interests that gave her joy, but the greatest source of happiness was her family. She loved them all with the most selfless love, and once her grandchildren and great grandchildren came, her joy increased even more. She came to everything her children and grandchildren did, always there supporting them and cheering them on. She sat in many a bleacher, cheering for them at swim meets, tennis matches, football games, and graduations.

Our mother loved to read, and had such an amazing command of the language that she never found a crossword puzzle she couldn't complete. She enjoyed British history and traveling to the United Kingdom to see the historical sites. She loved animals and feeding birds in her beautiful backyard. Our mother had a tender heart, compassionate spirit, believed in the power of prayer, and was thankful for what she knew were blessings from God.

Patricia is predeceased by her mother, Mary Holcomb and stepfather, Alvin Holcomb, and is survived by her husband, Richard; her three children, Gretchen and Mike Shary, Eric and Kiz Mannheimer, and Karen and Brenda Mannheimer; her grandchildren, Michael and Karen Shary, Lauren and Colin Miles, and Montana Mannheimer, and her great grandchildren, Evangeline, Asher, Elias, Arabella Miles, and Thomas and Eliza Shary.

The family will be holding a private service. If anyone wishes, donations may be made to SAMMinistries or Animal Defense League.

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