The Seventh-day Adventist community has lost one of its own, Dr. Teleka Cassandra Patrick, whose life and tragic story touched church members from coast to coast. The first of several memorial services planned was held at the C.T. Richards Chapel in Mosley Complex of her alma mater, Oakwood University, in Huntsville, AL on Friday.
As news of her passing spread through traditional and social media, many have extended their condolences to the Patrick family on the Facebook page, which was renamed from #FindTeleka to Remember Teleka.
"We've changed the name of this page to 'Remember Teleka' because reading your memories and thoughts of her offers a measure of comfort. Many of you never met her, but have still been touched by her life. This is proof of a life well lived. Thank you for your many words of encouragement and your prayers. God is ever faithful and we will continue to trust in Him and praise Him in spite of our sorrow," according to a Facebook post by the family.
Patrick, 30, was a first year medical resident in Psychiatry at Western Michigan University's School of Medicine who graduated from the Loma Linda University School of Medicine in CA last year. Four months after she was reported missing in Michigan, the search is now over. Her body was found in Lake Charles by a fisherman in Porter, Ind. on April 6.
Another memorial service for Dr. Patrick will be held at her former church, the Linden Seventh-day Adventist Church 228-20 137th Ave. Laurelton, NY on Thursday at 7 PM. The service will be streamed live on Praizevision and the Church's website.
"Our heart is dismayed by the circumstances surrounding her death. We pray that God will grant the family peace and comfort as they mourn the tragic death of their daughter. As Seventh-day Adventists, our hope resides in the second coming of Jesus, where we will once again see our loved ones who have died in Christ. May you find comfort in the words of scripture as recorded in: Philippians 4:7 - And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus," said Dr. G. Earl Knight, president of the Greater New York Conference of Seventh-day Adventists in a post on the Conference's Facebook page. Patrick's father worked as a pastor for 30 years before he retired in 2008.
The funeral service for Patrick will be held on Friday at 9:30 AM in the Mt. Sinai Seventh-day Adventist Church located at 2600 Orange Center Boulevard Orlando, FL 32805. In lieu of flowers, the Patrick family has asked for all donations to be made towards their legal expense fund. Letters of condolences and donations should be addressed to Mattahais & Irene Patrick P.O. Box 450812 Kissimmee, Florida 34745-0812.
Dr. Patrick was survived by her parents, Pastor Mattahais and Irene Patrick; brother, Matthias Patrick; sister, Tenesha Patrick; grandfather, Nathaniel Gentles; and several uncles, aunts, cousins and friends.