NORMAN — Patricia Ann Nichols Privett, 88, died Wednesday, April 30, 2014. She was born March 19, 1926, in Claremore, to Claude Clyde Nichols and Bertha Ada Briscoe Nichols. Pat was the youngest of three daughters with older sisters, Rebecca Jane Richardson and Marcia Helen Wise.
Pat graduated from Claremore High School and later earned a Bachelor of Science degree with a double major of business and education from Oklahoma A&M, now Oklahoma State University. At A&M, she was a cheerleader and a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority. Pat met and married fellow A&M student, Rex Privett of Maramec on Aug. 8, 1947. Pat enjoyed working as a teacher until Rex graduated in 1949.
They then moved to Maramec to work on the family ranch and raise their three children, Deborah Ann, Rex Nichols and Patricia Michelle.
While on the ranch, Pat dedicated her time to her three children and serving the community of Pawnee as a Cub Scout den mother, Girl Scout leader, a member of Democrat Women of Pawnee County, United Methodist Women, Pawnee County OSU Alumni Club and PEO Chapter H.
After a fire that destroyed their home, Rex and Pat moved their family to Norman in January 1976. Pat started a new career as a successful real estate agent and broker. She continued her passion for volunteerism and community service through her active participation in a broad array of organizations, including East Main Place, Meals on Wheels, Retired Senior Voluntary Programs, Volunteers in Missions, Norman Regional Hospital Gift Shop-Hospitality House, PEO Chapter EQ, Coterie Book Club, the Salvation Army, where she served as advisory board chair, Christmas Kettle chair and University of Oklahoma Kettle chair. She also served on numerous committees at McFarlin Memorial United Methodist Church.
In 2000, Pat was presented with a Four Way Test Citizenship award for volunteerism by the Norman Rotary Club. In 2007, she was named the United Way Volunteer of the Year.