Elsworth Patteson Bird


Elsworth Patteson Bird, age 98 of Nixon, passed away on December 18, 2022.  “Tootie” as she was affectionately known was born on October 6, 1924 in Nixon, Texas to Maude (Williams) and Lonnie Parks.  

Tootie was a proud graduate of Nixon High School, class of 1942.  She worked at Central Power and Light and was a lifetime member of First United Methodist Church of Nixon.  

Tootie was full of life and fun. She loved her friends and her family dearly. Her greatest joy was keeping up with her great grandchildren’s activities. She never missed calling to wish them luck before a game, show or performance, and she was the first call they’d receive the next day wanting to know how they did.  She was their biggest fan and supporter, and was so proud of them all.  

She is preceded in death by her husband’s J. B. Patteson, Jr. and Ellis Bird, her parents and her siblings, Lonnie (Bubba) Parks, Leola Henry, Vance Parks and baby brother, Guy Parks. 

Survivors include her son, Bruce Patteson and wife, Marcille; daughter, Debra Springs and husband Jimmy; grandchildren, Kristi Boatright and husband Collie, Nicki Slanker and husband Dave, Reagan Springs and wife Amanda, Colette Henneke and husband Scott, and Jeffery Patteson and wife Courtney; great-grandchildren, Conley and Cameron Boatright, Jaxson and Grant Slanker, Nash, Kline and Boone Springs, Riley, Lexi and Dax Henneke, and Briggs and Harper Patteson; sister-in-law, Nancy Jo Cook; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other loving family members and many friends.          

Visitation will begin on Tuesday, December 20, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. followed by funeral services at 3 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Nixon, Texas with the Rev. Audrey Hewell officiating.  Interment will follow in the Bundick Cemetery near Smiley, Texas.  Serving as pallbearers will be Reagan Springs, Jeffery Patteson, Collie Boatright, Scott Henneke, Dave Slanker, Jaxson Slanker and Grant Slanker.  Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Sid Colwell, Gary Parks, Roger Parks, Bobby Faulkner, Pete Gaytan, Harold Mahan and Alex Trigo.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church in Nixon, P. O. Box 20, Nixon, Texas, 78140 or the Bundick Cemetery Association, P. O. Box 56, Smiley, Texas, 78159.

You are invited to sign the guest book at  Arrangements are under the direction of Tres Hewell Mortuary, 165 Tor Dr., Seguin, Texas, 78155, 830-549-5912.