PATRICIA ANN AVERY | News, Sports, Jobs

Patricia Ann Avery was called to rest on January 3, 2022, at her home in Brooklyn Park, MN, from natural causes.

The funeral will be on Saturday January 15, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. in the chapel of Laufersweiler Funeral Home. Interment to follow at North Lawn Cemetery. A visit will begin 1 hour before the start of services at the funeral home. The family is requesting that masks be worn to attend services. The funeral will be broadcast live on the Laufersweiler Funeral Home Facebook page.

Patricia, affectionately known as “Tap,” was born September 4, 1952 to Albert Cosey and Virgie Miller in Lake Village, AR. She graduated in 1969 from Central High in Lake Village, AR, as a class vice president and subsequently married. She moved to Fort Dodge, IA, as a single mother of two in 1975 to join her mother and family after starting college in the University of Arkansas education systems. Pat continued his education by attending Iowa Central Community College. During this time he joined the Calvary Memorial Church of God in Christ (COGIC) in Fort Dodge and became involved in various outreach ministries. While at Calvary Memorial COGIC, she honed her call to action by working with children and families. Pat received his Bachelor of Science degree from Iowa State University in 1980 with honors and distinctions with a major in psychology. After receiving his teaching license for secondary education, Pat began teaching at Fort Dodge Senior High in the early 1980s, forming the original “Dynamic duo” with Shirley Lockman (Brown) working in the areas of truancy, alternative education strategies, suspension from school and “Saturday school”.

Pat continued to deepen her relationship with Christ to better understand the responsibilities God had placed on her life, and she entered this new area as the Human Rights Commissioner for the City of Fort Dodge, IA, until 1986. Using his new life experience and spiritual growth, Pat continued to leave an indelible mark on the social service landscape in the State of Iowa. She developed educational programs for low-income housing complexes, started local food banks and the Toys-for-Tots program, and established the local Domestic Violence Shelter while successfully earning her Masters of Science in education from Drake University in 1994.

She continued her community engagement and leadership roles as co-founder and executive director of an early childhood enrichment and community outreach center in 1994, served on the Lieutenant Governor’s Task Force of the Iowa on Diversity and Inclusion 1995-1999, YWCA Board Chair. Directors 97-99, and in collaboration with Mother Barbara Johnson, established a free health care clinic which later became the Fort Dodge Community Health Center. She also won the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award in 1996.

Over the past 20+ years, Pat has worked diligently for Hennepin County in Minneapolis, Minnesota, occupying a multitude of roles until her last position as Senior Administrator of the Department of Health and Human Services. . She strived to have an impact on individuals and families until the moment of her death. Patricia had a deeply expressed love and respect for her working family in Hennepin County, her spiritual family at Full Proof Ministry COGIC, and her God-given family.

Patricia is predeceased by her mother Virgie Miller, her brother Rickey Taylor and her sister Diana Redman.

She is survived by her father Albert Cosey of Rancho Cordova, CA; son Michael Avery (Stephanie) of WDM, IA; daughter Michelle Avery-Jenkins (Oraefo) of Atlanta, GA; Brother Bishop Madai Taylor (Michelle) of Fort Dodge, IA; brother Jerry Taylor (Paquita) of Jackson, MS; Brother Myron Taylor of Pocahontas, IA; Sister Sarah Taylor-Smith (Ray) of Indianapolis, IN; Brother Andrew Taylor (Kris) of Fort Dodge, IA; sister Valerie Cosey of Sacramento, CA; Sister Cassandra Anderson of San Jose, California; sister Felecia Luckett of Albuquerque, NM; grandchildren Ashley Avery-Peterson, Addison Avery, Raykeem Jenkins, Rayanna Jenkins, Orasia Jenkins, Michael Jenkins, Peter Jenkins and Oraefo Jenkins Jr; great-grandchildren Chase Michael Avery and Alayah Rose Jenkins; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Memorials can be left at the discretion of the family.

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