Morna Shackelford Patrick
Morna Shackelford Patrick graduated from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (SMWC) in 1972 where she earned a bachelor’s degree in clothing and textiles. While in College, Morna was crowned the first African American Indianapolis 500 Festival Princess, an honor she wore gracefully and humbly.
While at SMWC, she met her husband and life-long partner Wayne Patrick. She and Wayne married in 1972 and began the start of 44 years of marriage. Their marriage began with them living in Europe where they had the opportunity to travel extensively and visit most of the countries in Europe, the Mediterranean, Northern Africa and Scandinavia.
Upon returning to the United States, Patrick resumed her job as a buyer for William H. Block department stores where she had great success and achieved the level of senior buyer. She took a break from the corporate world with the birth of her two children, Theresa Marie and Elliott Justin, and embarked on a career as a full-time mother where she exceled. Her children were the highlight and joy of her life.
When her children began school, Patrick resumed her professional career and served as a statewide manager for Doncaster Clothing and a sales consultant for Jafra Cosmetics, in addition to a very successful career as an image consultant teaching executives how to improve and maximize their personal brand. In her final career, she became a real estate agent at F.C. Tucker and Keller Williams. She had great success as a real estate agent and leveraged that success to become a highly respected and contributing member of MIBOR. She served as the President of Northside MIBOR in 2016 and received the 2016 Northside MIBOR realtor of the year award. She also received the Northside MIBOR Bud Tucker Community Service Award in 2013.
Patrick was also very active in the civic and social communities as a volunteer and a leader. She served on the board of directors at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School and The Sycamore School, which she helped to establish. She served on the alumni association board of directors at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College from 1998 to 2004 and was president of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra Board. Patrick was a graduate of the Edna Burkhardt Leadership Program, one of the most prestigious leadership training programs in Indianapolis.
Patrick was devoted and committed to her faith. She was a life time member of the Catholic church and a long-term parishioner at Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral. She served God and the church as the head of the arts and environment committee for many years, sang in the choir, was a wedding coordinator and a Eucharistic minister. She also served on several diocese-wide committees to help the church advance its mission in Indianapolis.
Patrick passed away on January 9, 2017. She is survived by her husband Wayne, her son Elliott, her brother Marshall, her sister-in-law Linda and many cousins, nieces and nephews and a long list of many loyal, devoted friends and alums.