Patricia Louise (Farrell) Schott passed away peacefully on March 24, 2022 surrounded by her family. Patricia was born on March 18, 1944 to Joseph and Mildred (Masching) Farrell, who in honor of St. Patrick named her Patricia. Pat found the love of her life in Melvin Schott, who she married on April 19, 1963 (Mel’s 21st birthday). They enjoyed 57 years of marriage before Mel passed on June 24, 2020. Pat is the mother to Anthony, Andrew, Alan, Amanda, and Alicia (Decker) – who was unplanned but a blessing anyway. Pat especially loved her favorite son-in-law, Nick Decker (her only son-in-law). Pat’s working career was long and varied. She was co-owner of Mel Schott Trucking. She worked at the Liberty Restaurant, Beck’s Market, Rentz’s Tap, as an Assistant Operator at RR Donnelley, and carried The Pantagraph, delivering to all of Odell (which she claimed paid for Andy and Alan’s orthodontic needs). Even though Pat or Patsy, as she was called, was born in Pontiac, and graduated from St. Mary’s in 1959, Pat loved Odell. Pat really loved Odell! This love led her to train as an Emergency Medical Technician and then to serve as a volunteer EMT for the Odell Fire Department. She also campaigned and won election to the Odell Village Board, becoming the first woman elected to the Board. She was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church in Odell. For many years she taught CCD from her home, helping many young Catholics become confirmed. While a member of the Lions Club, she helped plan Odell Days, helping to bring WGN’s Spike O’Dell to the days’ events. Her monthly lunch outing with the Odell girls was something she looked forward to and regretted missing. Pat’s children blessed her with 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren (Amanda giving the most blessings with five). Pat’s grandchildren: Kimmi Sue, Kyle, Audriana, Tate, Alan Jackson, Ayden, Jack, Ashtyn, Aaron, Miles and Harper; her great-grandchildren (All from Audriana): A’Marion, Dreyden, and Rowan. Pat loved entertaining her grandchildren and great-grandchildren – though sometimes was glad they went home. She enjoyed planning and hosting holiday get-togethers. She especially enjoyed putting on the annual Easter egg hunt and planning and hosting the annual Farrell Labor Day Picnic/Reunion. The second of six children, Pat loved her sisters, brothers, and most of her in-laws. She enjoyed their company. She especially enjoyed her nieces and nephews both from the Farrell and Schott sides. Her niece, Kelly Schott, was with her and was a great comfort to Pat when she passed on. The nieces and nephews were a constant source of enjoyment and entertainment – especially after Pat became active on Facebook. And, she loved her cousins – particularly the Donovans. Pat enjoyed gardening, drawing, auctions, DYing (which her husband and children spent many weekends and summer vacations helping her enjoy). Her DY-ing led to the remodel of her home which she loved and cherished. Listening to WGN radio was her lifelong passion until it changed formats and stopped broadcasting the Cubs. However, when John Williams returned to WGN, she came back to WGN, never missing the John Williams Show. Her favorite hobby, her children think, was raising them. Pat and Mel did not overly dote on, nor deprive, their children. (They spoiled rotten their grand and great-grandchildren). Both, though in distinct ways, nurtured a true family bond that though tested and strained at times has always kept the family together (even when the children didn’t want to be). Pat, beloved daughter, sister, mother, aunt, and friend will be dearly missed. An open house Celebration of Life will be held April 9 from 2-6 at the Pontiac Elks Lodge, 459 Elks Club Rd., Pontiac, IL 61764. Cremation rites will be accorded. A private family graveside service will be held in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Loretto. The family suggests memorials be made to St. Paul Catholic Church, 313 W. Hamilton St., Odell, IL 60460.