Patricia “Pat” Pendleton Wagner, of Statesville, North Carolina, passed away Sunday, November 8, 2020. Pat was devoted to her family. Her greatest joy came from spending time with her family and taking care of them. Pat married John Marcus “Mark” Wagner, the love of her life, April 21, 2007. Together they showed their children true and unconditional love.
Pat graduated from Statesville High School in 1972. She left Statesville for a number of years, but returned to Statesville in the early 1990s, to join her brother, Tony, at Travel Associates, a travel agency her mother Dot Pendleton opened years earlier. Pat later worked as a travel agent at Mann Travel on Broad Street, in Statesville, where she and her fellow travel agents and friends nicknamed themselves “The Broads on Broad.”
Pat had a passion for travel. She worked as a travel agent for more than 30 years. She traveled near and far. There was no destination that she did not want to see. Egypt, India, Africa, and China were among the more exotic locations she traveled to. While Pat loved a trip, she also loved a vacation on a beach, some more remote than others. She visited many tropical islands by air and by sea. Accompanying her husband Mark Wagner, President of EMDA member Tri-State Distributors, Pat was also a regular attendee at EMDA’s Fall Conventions.
Pat’s other love, and perhaps more importantly to her than travel, was her love of animals. When Pat and Mark married one of the biggest challenges was finding a house on the golf course for Mark and a house with enough land for Pat’s dogs. The number of dogs only grew. Pat could not pass up a stray or turn down a foster. Her dogs benefited most from her retirement.
Pat was preceded in death by her mother, Dorothy “Dot” Pendleton whom she shared an extremely close relationship with and whom she could easily be mistaken for.
Pat is survived by her husband, John Marcus “Mark” Wagner; daughter, Christina Clodfelter Haire (Ed) of Mocksville/Statesville; son Tyler Clodfelter of Statesville; her father, Andrew “Andy” Lewis Pendleton; brothers, Tony Pendleton of Statesville and George Pendleton (Tamera) of Franklin, Tenn.; two stepchildren, Jennifer Wagner Griggs (Richard) and Mary Carol Wagner; grandchildren, Grayson and Stuart Griggs; step-grandchildren, Lillian “Lilli” and George Haire; and nieces and nephews, Madison, Tate, and Georgia Pendleton and Brandon Pendleton and C.J. Young.
Importantly and cannot be forgotten are Pat’s beloved dogs, Bella, Chase London, and Tyke.
In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to Lake Norman Humane (formerly Friends of the Animals), 2106 Charlotte Highway, Mooresville, NC 28117; or Broad Street United Methodist Church Foundation Fund, 315 West Broad St., Statesville, NC 28677. A graveside service and burial was held November 14, at Oakwood Cemetery.