Mila Patrice “Patti” Drolet, 65, of Greensboro passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, June 27, 2020.

Patti was born to James Newton Pelham and Wanda Nell Wheeler in Houston, Texas, and she lived a life full of love and adventure. Patti achieved her master’s degree from the University of Georgia and became a lifelong fan of Georgia Bulldogs football. She served as a custody mediator in four counties for the North Carolina judicial system for 25 years and was an esteemed colleague and friend.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Wanda Pelham; her brother, Mitchell Pelham; and her grandparents, Mila and Raymond “Shorty” Jones and Marion Stokes and Audrey Pelham.

Patti is survived by her son, Collin Drolet and wife, Stephanie, their daughters, Ainsley and Delaney Drolet; her daughter, Dana Arellano and husband, Anselmo “Cheeto,” and their sons, Davis and Spencer; her sister, Diane Williams and husband, Wayne, and their daughters, Lindsay West (Dillon West and son William) and Tess Williams; her brother, Craig Pelham and wife, Denise, and their children, Mitchell and Katie. She is also survived by many other extended family members and dear friends.

The care provided by the doctors and staff of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center was nothing less than extraordinary and her family will always be thankful for their unwavering commitment to cure Patti’s illness.

Patti’s life will be celebrated at Hanes Lineberry North Elm Chapel, 515 North Elm Street, Greensboro, on Tuesday, July 7, 2020, at noon. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 7027 Albert Pick Road, Greensboro, N.C. 27409.

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