Patience Mary Prugh Spire Schram, 79, of Louisville, CO, formerly of Burlington, died at 6:22 PM Wednesday, December 16, 2020, at Balfour Cherrywood Village in Louisville.
Patience was born, alongside her twin brother Burton, on August 1, 1941 in Burlington, IA. She was the daughter of Robert Burton and Marjorie "Margie" Mary Coulter Prugh.
"Pashie", as she was known to family and friends, grew up in Burlington, IA where she was active in her school and community. She graduated from Burlington High School in 1959. She then attended Stephens College in Columbia, MO where she was active in the student paper and modeling. She later attended the University of Colorado in Boulder, CO .
In 1962, Patience moved to Washington, D.C. to "seek her fortune", as she would often tell the story. She loved Washington, with its politics, people, excitement, and opportunity. In May of 1966, she married Richard "Dick" Spire. Together they had two children, Hardy and Honor. He preceded her in death.
Patience began her career as a women's wear buyer for Woodward & Lothrop and later worked for the Institute for Defense Analyses. She worked at American University Law School while Dick attended school there. Her favorite time in her career was working for a military contractor in Maryland, alongside several high ranking retired military officers. Patience also worked for a travel agency that led her on many adventures, the highlights being trips to Haiti and Morocco.
In 1996, Patience moved back to her hometown of Burlington where she was active in the community working for Downtown Partners and spent time with family. Upon her return to Burlington, she took great pride in the restoration of her 1880 Italianate home on North Hill. She also reconnected with an old friend from college, Bill Schram. They were married in November 1998, but later divorced. Patience retired in 2006 and moved to Boulder, CO to be closer to her daughter and family.
Patience had many interests and passions. She loved the Indy 500 and attended the race for many years, a tradition passed down from her father. Whether it was the race she loved, or the frequent sightings of Paul Newman that kept her coming back, her family will never know. Patience loved current events and politics, ice cream with chocolate sauce, Sterzing's Potato Chips, and white wine. She also adored cats and anything with fur.
Survivors include her son, Richard Harding "Hardy" (Tami) Spire II of Kensington, MD; daughter, Honor Coulter Spire (Douglas) Engle of Boulder, CO; grandsons, Charles Burton Engle, Christopher Lee Engle, and Richard Lee Spire III; granddaughter, Margaret Elizabeth Spire; twin-brother, Robert Burton (Joanne) Prugh, Jr. of Burlington; niece, Lindsay (John) Fruehling of Burlington; great-nephew, Coulter Fruehling; and great-nieces, Hannah and Ava Fruehling.
Besides her first husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, and one niece, Molly Kurstin Prugh.
Due to concerns related to COVID-19, services at this time will be private. A public Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
Burial will be in Aspen Grove Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made, in remembrance of Patience, to TRU Community Care Hospice at 2594 Trailridge Drive East, Lafayette, CO 80026 or trucare.org/donate or the Alzheimer's Association at Alzheimer's Association, National Processing Center, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011 or alz.org.
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