Rocking Chair Renegades: Pat Puckett

By Leslie Moore

Rocking Chair Renegades: Pat Puckett

A Rocking Chair Renegade is a woman over 50 who: refuses to let age define her and is not afraid of showing the lines of life on her face… believes that the fountain of youth springs from her mind… is wise, funny, active, engaging, valuable, beautiful and definitely not finished!

Lives: I live in Georgetown and Key West. They both have the most memorable sunsets! I could never choose which is more beautiful.

Family: My husband Bill and I celebrated our 25th Wedding Anniversary in May.

Occupation: Following a 23 year career in interior design, I have devoted my time to painting, something I always wanted to do, but never had the time. Art has opened up a whole new world of travel, friends and learning to express myself through brush strokes and imagination. After returning from “The Colors of Light & Shadow” workshop in Tuscany, Italy, I was hooked, forever a painter. I am thankful to my Mentors, Emmy Bronson, Jane Woodward and Jim Calk for sharing their wisdom and supporting me and my ambitions. They have dedicated their lives to art and enriching other lives through art instruction. My artwork is displayed locally at Island Art in Pawleys Island and Henderson Gallery in Greenville.

Volunteers: I am on the “ABC” Committee (Always Beautifying The Church) of Georgetown Presbyterian Church. We recently finished the renovation of a new fellowship hall and chapel. The project was very rewarding. Also, I like helping with the Pawleys Island Festival of Music & Art’s Culinary Symphony, held in the spring. I enjoy cooking so it is fun to meet our local chefs up close and personal, and being an interior designer it’s always interesting to see the beautifully decorated homes of all the hosts. Seaside Palette en Plein Air is a new project the Pawleys Island Festival of Music & Art came up with this year to promote our local artists and expose our community to their amazing talent. It will be held on October 5th, so mark your calendars! I’m happy to be part of this event. I have been a volunteer at Kensington Elementary School and Vacation Bible School at Georgetown Presbyterian Church; I love working and spending time with children.

Hometown: I was born in Conway—that is where my “Southern Drawl” originated. I have fond memories of time spent with family; southern fish fries and watching my Grandmother, Roena Skipper, can tomatoes. My dad, Noah, and brother, Eugene, still live there, so I visit often.

Activities: Bicycling, kayaking, swimming, gardening, boating and painting

Loves: Spending time with my family and friends, traveling, hanging out by the backyard fireplace with my nephews and niece and listening to their stories 

Laughs: Bill is always making me laugh. He is such a comedian! Girls, make sure you marry a man that makes you laugh!

Favorite Meal: It’s a recipe I made up…Grilled Grouper with Cannellini Beans and Salsa. Bill is a “Master Griller,” he can make anything taste good.  

Perfect Day: Watching the sun set, especially at Louie’s Backyard in Key West, or out in the creek in DeBordieu, and sharing it with the one you love.

Reads: I don’t read as often as I once did since becoming addicted to painting, but I still enjoy a David Baldacci novel. 

Spirit: Stay positive, be kind to others and always be there for your family and friends.

Gets excited: About every aspect of living! I am blessed in so many ways, including good health and being surrounded by people who love and care about me.

Aging: I would love to reach the age of 101 like my Great Grandmother, but only if I can still dance.

About this writer

  • Leslie Moore Leslie Moore is the editor for Strand Media Group. A 25 year resident of Pawleys Island, she is blessed with a life filled with the love of family and friends and satisfying work to do every day.

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