Anderson Creek bench memorializes Pat Etienne

By ANN STEIN
For the Record
Posted 5/27/22

Friends and family of the late veteran, caregiver and community leader, Patricia (Pat) Omata Etienne, gathered to honor her life on May 22 at the Anderson Creek Club Paddleboat Pond.

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Anderson Creek bench memorializes Pat Etienne

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Friends and family of the late veteran, caregiver and community leader, Patricia (Pat) Omata Etienne, gathered to honor her life on May 22 at the Anderson Creek Club Paddleboat Pond. Local wildlife were also in attendance as the sun reflected off of the pond and added to the tranquility of the event. The 10 a.m. ceremony was hosted by Hillary Luton, president of the Anderson Creek Woman’s Club, and Etienne’s husband, Jeff, a U.S. Army Reserve Command soldier and veteran.

Pat Etienne left this world on May 24, 2021, after a year-long battle with cancer. She was a wife, mother, dedicated friend and compassionate counselor to members of Gourd Springs Baptist Church. As an active member of the Anderson Creek Woman’s Club, Etienne served in multiple positions, including those of vice president, health committee chair and supporter of the food pantry and Project Linus. She was known for her laughter and benevolent friendship.

Friends say she was passionate about working with people, whether it was at the annual Anderson Creek Art Festival, local schools, or on Ray Road for Adopt-a-Highway.

The Anderson Creek Woman’s Club chose to honor her with a memorial in Anderson Creek Club as a way to remember the many contributions Etienne offered the community. With the family’s support, a wooden bench was purchased and located at a favorite natural setting within the community. Butterfly designs were burned into the bench as a symbol of Etienne’s love for these beautiful creatures.

During the ceremony, Jeff Etienne announced he would be funding a scholarship in his late wife’s name for seniors in the Anderson Creek Club and Crossing communities. The first scholarship will be presented this summer for fall classes.

Born and raised as an Army “brat” in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, Pat Etienne earned a Bachelor of Science degree in organizational management with honors in 2009 and a Master of Arts degree in Human Services Counseling: Life Coaching with honors in 2016. She retired from Civilian Federal Service after 30 years, specializing in human resources. She is buried at The Sandhills Veterans Cemetery in Spring Lake.

Pat Etienne leaves behind family and friends who remember her caring nature through her work at Gourd Springs Baptist Church, where she served as a Christian counselor for all ages, a body and soul instructor, assistant women’s Sunday school teacher and was a member of the church choir. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, volunteering many hours within the church and community, working puzzles and traveling.

Over the weeks, months and years ahead, as the Anderson Creek Club residents and guests pass the paddleboat pond, the Pat Etienne Memorial Bench will continue to be seen from the road. It is positioned to be enjoyed by all who visit and has already become a steadfast and tranquil reminder of Pat Etienne. This simple bench will overlook the boats, the pond, and Mother Nature’s natural beauty for years to come.

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