Obituary of Patricia Cruse

Patricia Ann Cruse, 62, formerly of Fort Scott, passed away Saturday morning, December 25, 2021, at her home in Afton, Oklahoma. She was born November 23, 1959, in Fort Scott, Kansas the daughter of Russell Vincent and Alta Maye (Hall) Schasteen. She married Ricky Cruse, and later they divorced.

Patricia graduated from Fort Scott High School with the Class of 1978. She loved her debate team and spoke of it often. She went on to graduate from Fort Scott Community College. She worked for Kemper Insurance Company until her accident in 1983.

Patty was a member of the Community Christian Church in Fort Scott, and her love for her Lord and Savior was very evident. Patty loved life and lived it the best she could. She loved and valued her parents.

After her mother’s death in 2004, Patty resided with Gary and Evelyn Thurston, her lifelong friends. Later, in 2019, Patty moved to Oklahoma with the Thurston’s and she resided in the home of Chris and Holly Davidson, daughter of Evelyn and Gary. Patty was very happy with her life in Oklahoma and her nurse Holly. She died peacefully at home surrounded by this family. Heaven welcomed and Angel on Christmas Morning.

Patty is survived by her caregiver family and numerous nieces and nephews, including Robin Stephens and Kip Schasteen. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her brother, Jerry Schasteen.

Pastor Mike Buckamneer will conduct graveside services at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, December 31, 2021, at the Evergreen Cemetery, under the direction of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Fort Scott Police Dept. and may be left in the care of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home, 15 W. Wall Street, P.O. Box 309, Fort Scott, Kansas, 66701. Condolences may be submitted to the online guestbook at

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