Patsy McLendon named Older Worker of 2019

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Beverly Sumner, SCOA Office Manager and sister to the honoree, had the privilege of presenting the Older Worker of the Year award to her sister, Patsy McLendon. (Photo by The Sabine Index)


An employee of Walmart in Many for the past 30 years and one of the friendliest employees in the store, Patsy Rodrigues McLendon was named the Sabine Council on Aging’s Older Worker of the Year at the Year at the annual SCOA Fall Festival.  Over 300 attendees applauded her as she graciously accepted the award.

It was no surprise that she captured the coveted award. 

Patsy manages the Toy Department at Walmart and is always smiling and helpful to customers.

At 80-years-young, she enjoys her job and it shows.  She eagerly helps locate items and always has a kind word to all.

Patsy Rodrigues was born on July 20, 1939 in Many to Ernest Rodrigues Sr. and his wife, Nancy. She was the third of 11 children born to the couple.

Her older siblings are Betty Broom of Slidell, and the late Ernest Rodrigues of Many.  Her younger siblings included Aubrey Rodrigues of Kenner, the late Curtis “Doc” Rodrigues, Beverly Sumner, James “Rabbit” Rodrigues, all of Many; Fred Rodrigues of Slidell, and Glenva Bradford, Rose Sparks and Richard Bruce, all of Many.

“Momma and Daddy told us to always be nice and friendly and to love everybody,” Patsy said.  Needless to say, they were raised right!! 

Patsy loves her siblings, her own family and her Walmart family and makes it a point to treat others with kindness and love.

She is a longtime member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Many, where she is very active.

She attended St. John’s Catholic School and Many High School.

On November 7, 1957, she became the bride of Odis McLendon.  They were the parents of Skipper McLendon and wife, Diane; Renita Kay Parent, Keith McLendon and his late wife, Becky; Patrick McLendon and wife, Kelli; and Amy Ebarb and her husband, Wayne Allen.

Additionally, she has 12 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Patsy’s daughter, Amy, said, “I had the best mother in the world.  My friends always felt like she was their mother, too.”

That speaks volumes about this wonderful woman who is beloved in Many.

In her spare time, she enjoys working in her yard, fishing, spending time with her family and cooking.

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