Patsy Bethard, 77, of Springfield, died Monday, March 22, 2021 at Memorial Medical Center. 

She was born  June 11, 1943 in Springfield, the daughter of  Joseph Matthew and Jacqueline (Gardner) Hess. She married Donald H. Bethard in 1980.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Anna Graves.

Patsy retired from the State of Illinois House of Representatives as a custodian. She formerly drove a bus for the Springfield Mass Transit District.

She is survived by her husband, Don; son, Jack (Sally) Pitts of Springfield; two grandchildren; two great grandchildren; three step- children, Mike Bethard of Springfield, Jerry Bethard of Chatham and Theresa “Teri” (Bruce) Selway of Jacksonville;  sister, Anna Brandenburg of Springfield and brothers, Walter “Hambone” Hess of North Carolina and Jerry (Nancy) Hess of Champaign.

At her request, no services will be held. There will be a celebration of life at a later date.