Patricia Wayman

Patricia Wayman

URBANA – Patricia Louise Wayman, 82, of Urbana passed peacefully at 10:34 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017, surrounded by her family at her home.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at the First Presbyterian Church of Urbana's Chapel. The Rev. Deborah Owen will officiate.

A proud fifth-generation descendant of German and English immigrants, Mrs. Wayman was born on May 23, 1934, in Sioux City, Iowa, one of three daughters of Roy Ellsworth Smith and Alma Alice Heeren Smith, later of Indianapolis, Ind., and Farmington Hills, Mich.

She married Clarence Marvin Wayman of Wheeling, W.Va., on Jan. 28, 1956; he preceded her in death.

Survivors include their two children and families: Karen Wayman Tudor of Savoy and adult son Jonathan Tudor (Springfield, Mo.); and Stephen Wayman and Christine Bolton Wayman of Urbana and adult children Kristen Wayman Yoon (Seattle, Wash.), Michael Wayman (New York, N.Y.), Shelby Geers (Springfield, Ill.), Nicholas Geers (Mattoon, Ill.) and Jessica Stukins (Monterey, Calif.).

She is also survived by sisters Barbara Smith Justice of Novi, Mich., and Joanne (Jody) Smith Hamaker of Deer Harbor, Wash., and their families.

Mrs. Wayman was a member of the Chi Omega sorority, Mortar Board Honorary and Kappa Delta Pi Educational Organization at Purdue University, where she studied English and speech, receiving the degree of B.S. in secondary education with distinction in 1956.

After their marriage, she accompanied Marvin to Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pa., where he received a Ph.D. degree in metallurgy in 1957 while she taught in the local school district.

Together, they moved to Urbana where he became a professor at the University of Illinois Department of Metallurgy and Mining Engineering and where he taught for 39 years.

Mrs. Wayman specialized in reading in receiving an M.Ed. degree in secondary education from the UI in 1981.

The daughter of educators, Mrs. Wayman embraced the notion of free access to education. She taught in the Urbana School District 116 and provided specialized reading tutoring to reading-disabled students in the school district, at Parkland College and within the UI Athletic Association.

She also served as a reading tutor with the non-profit learning center, The Reading Group, Champaign.

Mrs. Wayman was a volunteer for a variety of organizations including the League of Women Voters of Champaign County, Young Authors Conference Workshops, Junior Great Books, the Children's Theatre Association and the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.

A longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church of Urbana, she served as deacon and member of several committees. She was also a lifelong member, past president, committee member and convention delegate of P.E.O. Chapter HI in Urbana, having been initiated into P.E.O. Chapter BC of Indianapolis, Ind., in 1956.

An avid fan of PBS Ted Radio Hour and PBS NewsHour, she studied nature, physics, the history of the state of Illinois and its geology and archaeology.

She especially enjoyed studying the Holy Bible, and sewing, knitting and crochet, cooking with an international flair, visiting Urbana's Meadowbrook Park and the Anita Purves Nature Center, and watching the native and migratory birds visiting her feeders.

In addition to her own interests and activities, she supported her husband's work in the study of martensitic transformations and shape memory alloys. Together, they hosted more than 25 Ph.D. candidates and their families as they completed their doctoral studies under Dr. Wayman's oversight.

Witty and gentle in character, Mrs. Wayman found humor in life, and always focused on the good in everything. She cherished her grandchildren and their individual paths.

She was an eager reader, writer and photographer, and loved to travel rural Illinois seeing its simple beauty in its prairies, barns, natural habitat and agricultural roots. As her illness deprived her of her ability to read, she especially appreciated the Illinois State Library's Talking Book and Braille Service.

Mrs. Wayman knew that God doesn't make bad things happen in our lives. The Lord is good; His love is eternal and His faithfulness lasts forever. She would surely wish for all of us to seek and love God, treasure our relationships, listen more, not ever speak ill of others, and to take time to witness the simple yet amazing beauty of God's creation in nature, and His goodness in our own lives and relationships with one another. She would remind us that God promises to guide us in our right paths, and His goodness and love will be with us all our lives.

Karen and Steve would like to sincerely thank Mrs. Wayman's caregivers who provided care, comfort and companionship: Darraugh Purcell, Jeannine (DeDe) Peacock, Julie Nichols and caregiver and manager Chris Wayman; and visiting nurses Emma Riggs and Marj Abrajano.

Memorials in her name may be made to the Anita Purves Nature Center, the Urbana Park District, the First Presbyterian Church of Urbana, the Urbana Free Library, the Illinois State Library Talking Book and Braille Service, WILL/PBS or to the University of Illinois Department of Materials Science and Engineering towards the C.M. (Marvin) Wayman scholarship fund.