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Patricia Ann "Oro" Briscoe, 78, of Coyle, OK passed away peacefully on Saturday September 10, 2016 at Integris Hospice House in Oklahoma City, OK. Oro was born July 19, 1938 in Oklahoma City, OK to Lawrence Ralph Thompson and Katherine Florence Stephenson.

Oro lived her life fearlessly and with great spirit. Having been told by her doctor at a very young age that she would not live to adulthood, because of a serious illness, she fought hard for her own life. She strove to make the most of everyday of her life and to make a positive difference in the lives of others. Her strong will and sense of adventure led her on a long life of travel as a frontier woman and trail blazer, creating a path that others might follow.

Oro was a writer, artist, political/environmental advocate, gardener and lover of nature who aspired to make the world a better place. Her deep spirituality, great sense of humor, varied life experiences and love for all human beings (and animals alike) made her an incredible teacher and friend. Teaching was a personal passion through which she influenced many people. She continued to teach until the end of her life.

In 1996, after an intense 20 year relationship, she married and lost the love of her life, James Piscatelli. She loved him very deeply.

Surrounded by beauty, art, her beloved animals and fellow forward thinkers, Oro lived her life the way that she wanted. She willed herself to live a long, healthy life and when she was ready, she willed herself to leave this earth on her own terms as well. She was beautiful, generous, creative, loving and a fierce force with which to be reckoned. Her incredible spirit will live on through the hearts of all those that loved her. Oro generously donated her body to science so that others might continue to learn from her.

Oro is survived by her daughter, Ginger Cerola, 57, and husband Peter, her son Dan Briscoe, 53, and wife Jennifer. She is also survived by her granddaughter Summer Blue, 32, and her three great-grand children Ernest Horcajo, 16, Hualani Horcajo, 14, and Karis Mitchell, 8. She is also survived by three siblings, her brother Lawrence Thompson, 75, her half-sister Jan Durbin, 61, and half-brother Bart Durbin, 69.
Published on October 4, 2016
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