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“I will be praying for Patty's family. She was a great friend to my mom who passed away years ago as well. I remember playing at Patty and Jim's...Read More »
1 of 27 | Posted by: Grace Cole - Earlysville, VA

“We will always remember the kind, cheerful lady who, along with Jim, welcomed us to Charlottesville 25 years ago. Her joy was contagious & we know...Read More »
2 of 27 | Posted by: Spencer & Kathy Niles - PA

“Jim: Kate and I are deeply saddened by Patty's passing. You were the perfect mates, and the joy you gave each other was always apparent. We remember...Read More »
3 of 27 | Posted by: Dean and Kate Konopasek - AK

“Jim, I always remember Patty, in your then "new" house, telling us we had to keep you busy at UVA because if you had too much time on your hands, you...Read More »
4 of 27 | Posted by: Ann Welch - Churchville, VA

“Jim, I remember Patty from her many walks around Peacock Hill and walking down our street. She would always stop and check on me and my 3 small...Read More »
5 of 27 | Posted by: Lynne Isaacs - Charlottesville, VA

“To two of our dearest friends and mentors. Patty, you are deeply loved and will be sorely missed. Jim, we hope to be a comfort to you in this...Read More »
6 of 27 | Posted by: Jeanmarie and Steve Bantz - Afton, VA

“Dearest Jim and Family: I only recently found out about Patty's passing. While it has been many years since our "band of rebels" have seen each...Read More »
7 of 27 | Posted by: Patricia Slohoda

“Jim, Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. May the pleasant memories of past times sustain you now and in the future. Lyndal ”
8 of 27 | Posted by: Lyndal M. Bullock - Denton, TX

“Patty made me feel so welcome when we moved to Virginia. Who could resist her warmth and kindness? Patty had the biggest heart, the brightest smile...Read More »
9 of 27 | Posted by: Michele Brigham - South Riding, VA

“Jim, My sympathy goes out to you and your family. Patty was so much fun at our Lexington High School reunions, and I enjoyed my lunches out with...Read More »
10 of 27 | Posted by: Jackie Guter - Keswick, VA

“Jim, My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. Please let me know if there is anything I can do. ”
11 of 27 | Posted by: Richared Van Acker - Elgin, IL

“Jim, my deepest condolences to you and your family. Patty was a such a unique spirit - full of warmth, energy and enthusiasm. During our walks...Read More »
12 of 27 | Posted by: Maria Gutierrez - Los Angeles, CA

“Sorry to heard of her passing.She was such a sweet vibrant, happy person. Glad I got to see her at our 56th class reunion. She will be greatly missed...Read More »
13 of 27 | Posted by: Doris Weeks - Lexington, VA

“I am so sorry - I always enjoying talking to Patty at the Symposium - it was one thing I looked forward to each year. She was such a warm person and...Read More »
14 of 27 | Posted by: Jane Rhys - Topeka, KS - Friend

“Uncle Jim, My sympathy to you. I always enjoyed Patty's vibrant personality and was amazed at her energy! Blessings, Yvonne ”
15 of 27 | Posted by: Yvonne Kauffman Boettger - VA

“Patty was a joy to be around. We will always remember her smile and vibrant personality and treasure her friendship. Our thoughts are with Jim and...Read More »
16 of 27 | Posted by: George and Ginny Ax - Clifton, VA

“Our thoughts and prayers are for you in this difficult time. I knew Patty through our contacts at the Symposium and related activities and she was a...Read More »
17 of 27 | Posted by: Rick Lindskog - Pittsburg, KS

“Her light will always burn in our hearts and minds. Patty will be missed by us all. ”
18 of 27 | Posted by: Bob Brown - Richmond, VA

“My thoughts and prayers are with Ms. Pullen's family. ”
19 of 27 | Posted by: Terry Bigby - Columbia, MO

“Mr. Kauffman, My heart and prayers are with you and your family. It was a great pleasure and honor to get to know Ms. Pullen and the light and love...Read More »
20 of 27 | Posted by: Stephanie Straub - VA

“Jim, Patty was my salvation the first year I was at Jackson-Via. She would bring her "naughty" boy with her each day and have lunch in my room with...Read More »
21 of 27 | Posted by: Paula Dunsmore - Crozet, VA

“Jim, I am in Los Angeles but my heart is with you as you go through this unimaginable sorrow in the loss of your beloved Patty. Every time I saw you...Read More »
22 of 27 | Posted by: Rebecca Kneedler - VA

“The first time I saw Patty, she was standing in the corner near the fireplace at Peacock Hill, playing her drum. I think that she loved that drum,...Read More »
23 of 27 | Posted by: Rick Brigham - South Riding, VA

“Dear Jim, Here at the University of Kansas, my colleagues and I are remembering Patty's charm, kindness, and good cheer as we send our thoughts of...Read More »
24 of 27 | Posted by: Chriss Walther-Thomas - Lawrence, KS

“You know my feelings, Jimmy. Love, Dan'l, or "Danny-Boy" as Patty used to say. ”
25 of 27 | Posted by: Dan Hallahan - Friend

“Jim and Family, I worked with Patty at Jackson-Via.We ate lunch together & she was the best joke teller. Had us all laughing. She was a great stress...Read More »
26 of 27 | Posted by: Paula Johnson - VA

“To the family of Patricia Pullen, My thoughts and prayers are with you all during your time of loss. May God grant you the peace and serenity now...Read More »
27 of 27 | Posted by: Barbara Yowell, LPN - VA


Patricia Louise Pullen (aka Patty, Ms. Puddin', Hassie) died at age 73 on March 20, 2012, at Westminster-Canterbury of the Blue Ridge after a six-month battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Patty was a teacher, child advocate, writer, musician, and loving mother, grandmother, and wife. She was born on December 7, 1938, in Lexington, VA. She spent her childhood and teenage years in the Shenandoah Valley, riding horses and participating in numerous school activities, eventually becoming head cheerleader at Lexington High School. During her younger years, she briefly considered becoming a missionary nun, a nurse, and an airline flight attendant, but eventually abandoned all of those potential careers and became a special education teacher. She attended San Antonio Junior College, obtained a B.S. in Speech Pathology from the University of Maryland, and an M.S. in Special Education from the UVA. In 1977, she began teaching special education at Jackson-Via Elementary School in Charlottesville. During her tenure at Jackson-Via, she enriched the lives of her students and their parents, her fellow teachers, and her student teachers. She always said that she knew she could never "cure" her students, but she always hoped to teach them enough to help them live happy, productive lives. After her retirement from Jackson-Via, Patty volunteered for Piedmont CASA. Her retirement was productive in other ways, as she finally had time to work on her writing and music. Patty published a short story, a short book for teachers, and coauthored a book for teachers on behavior management and many professional journal articles. She also took guitar and voice lessons, and played with local old time music groups. During her 25-year marriage to Jim Kauffman, she was also able to travel the world, as she had always wanted to do. Most of all, though, Patty used her retirement to spend more time with her family and friends. She is survived by her husband, James Kauffman, her brother James and his family, her daughter Lesley Myers and partner Pat Knight, her son James Myers and wife Brenda, her stepdaughter Missy Schrock and husband John, her stepson Tim Kauffman and wife Cathy, and her grandchildren Mike Myers, Rachel Schrock, Loren Schrock, and Emma Kauffman. A Memorial Service/Celebration of Patty's life will be held at a date and time to be announced. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in her honor to one of her favorite charities, especially CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), Habitat for Humanity, Union of Concerned Scientists, or Doctors Without Borders.