Patricia C Bisson

Patricia Doyle Cooke Bisson was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1946.  She was having a lovely life in Scotland with her sisters and brothers when she met a charming missionary.  It was the classic story of boy meets girl, boy sends girl to America to wait for him, girl meets a different boy.

Pat emigrated to the states, leaving her family behind, when she was only 19 years old. She lived in Maryland and worked for the National Geographic Society in Washington DC.  She met Steve Murdock on a church outing and of course he was helpless when faced with that red hair and alluring Scottish accent. Steve gave Pat her greatest joy, her three beautiful daughters.  Steve also gave Pat a lot of heartache so we’ll jump to the next chapter.

Although Pat had many dear friends during her lifetime, she met her very dearest friend, Sondra while working at See’s Candies in the early 1970s. It was Sondra’s daughter that set her up on a blind date with Larry Bisson in September 1976.  Of course Larry also fell in love with that red hair, Scottish accent and her three adorable daughters. In turn, Larry gave Pat her love of Dodgers Baseball.  The two were soon married in May 1977. During their marriage, they lived in California, Utah and Nevada and were blessed with four grandchildren. Pat was the best Granny, always ready to spoil her grandchildren with treats, adventures and presents.

Pat was a caregiver her whole life.  For many years, while her own daughters were growing up, she ran a successful in home daycare.  The children in her care still think of her as Auntie or Grandma Pat. Pat and Larry also opened their home to children in need as Foster Parents. Pat found her calling as a care provider and advocate for developmentally disabled teenagers and adults while working with various social service organizations like Easter Seals, DRC, Danville and Transition Services.

Pat was the most generous person most of us have ever met.  After her stroke in 2019 she was confined to a wheelchair and lived in a nursing home. She always made sure she had snacks and gifts for her caregivers. She was sassy and funny and loving and loved.

Pat will be missed dearly by all who knew her, but most especially by her daughters Maggie Murdock, Kristina Murdock and Chanon Lockett, her sons-in-law Chris Lockett and David Reyes, her grandchildren Keven Leehan, MacKenzie Lockett, Maddox Murdock and Liberty Lockett, her brother George and his wife Ann Cooke, her sister Moira and her husband Gordon Irvine. She loved all of her nieces and nephews and was delighted when each of them called or came to see her.

Memorial service to be held Friday, April 22, 2022, LDS Church 3200 N. Mustang Street, Las Vegas, NV 89108. Viewing at 10:00am, Service at 11:00am.

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  • Hathcock Rebecca
    April 21, 2022 8:33 pm

    This is so beautiful. Pat was a gem and I was Blessed with her acquaintance and her friendship. I miss her so much. We all do.

  • Ruby and Family
    April 21, 2022 10:00 pm

    Grandma “Granny” Pat, forever you’ll be to my children and me 💜 I thank you for being such an amazing, caring and Loving woman! Our friendship will always be one of my greatest memories and will continue to inspire me to be a better person everyday ! I promise to keep advocating for people with various special needs in your behalf and theirs.

    I am honored to have met you through work for the last 20 plus years. You weren’t just a couple-worker you were my second mom and the greatest loving Granny to my children.

    Granny Pat – I love you with all my heart and will miss your text and our chats 💜❤️🥲 Rest Easy and watch over us everyday! Say hello to my dad! I’m positive you two will have a blast together in Heaven✝️

  • I will miss you my dear friend, For this is a journey we all must take, and each must go alone, it’s all apart of the Master’s plan, a step on the road to home.

  • Steve, Rachel, Alan & Andrew
    April 22, 2022 11:16 am

    So sorry we could not be there to console you all at the funeral. Dad will have to be our hugs representative until we meet again in celebration of her life.

    Aunt Pat was a great lady and a wonderful auntie and grand-auntie. I wish my kids could have known her more like I did but they still talk about the visit they had to Las Vegas when mom and dad took them.

    Three words come to mind when I think of Aunt Pat: kind, funny, and positive.

    She showed kindness her whole life, not just in what she did for others in her work but how she welcomed us whenever we visited and looked after us when we came together.

    She was also good for a laugh and a kid-on and the type of person who you enjoyed making laugh because laughter came so naturally to her. Whenever I picture Pat, its always of her laughing at something – a joke, a situation, or just ‘life’.

    Lastly, something that became all too evident near the later years of her life was her overwhelming positivity. In the face of all she was up against, she still took on life with an almost surreal positivity. I don’t know how many times Rachel and I spoke of Aunt Pat’s attitude and how, if we were in the same situation, we would cope just how she was able with such grace and practical optimism.

    In time we will have nothing but happy memories of Pat, but for now we extend our heartfelt sympathy and share in our sadness with all my cousins and their kids and for dad – who looses his second little sister – I’m so, so sorry dad.

    With love and hugs to you all….

  • Stephanie Jordan
    April 30, 2022 12:45 am

    I am so sorry for your loss.
    You and your entire family are in our prayers
    We love you all
    The Jordan Family ♥️


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