Our Trish left us on Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, of complications due to ALS. She was 53. The great void she leaves is only because of the full life she lived. When she greeted us with her sparkling blue eyes, we instantly felt welcome.
Her laughter put us at ease, drew us in, and made us quickly move past being mere acquaintances to beloved friends. Her thoughtfulness made each one of us feel special. When she sang, we were captivated by her angelic voice and ushered into God’s presence.
Born Patricia Dawn Wilson on Feb. 27, 1966, in Arlington Heights, IL, Trish Geyling enjoyed the doting attention of her parents Richard Harry and Phyllis JoAn (Fink) Wilson, and her two older brothers Rick and Steve.
Armed with a loving, faith-filled, midwestern upbringing in Palatine, IL, and Indianapolis, IN, Trish is an alumna of Lawrence North High School (’84), Cottey College (AA ’86), Up With People (Cast C ’86-’87), and CSU Sacramento (BA English and TESOL Cert ’90).
After arriving in Sacramento to complete her education, she continued her California migration to San Diego (two years) and Los Angeles (15 years) before arriving in Goleta in 2007.
To know Trish was to be touched by a great love that overflowed from her relationship with Jesus.
From inner-city children and families in San Diego and Los Angeles while serving as a missionary with World Impact, to people spanning cultures and continents she met in her travels, to men and women seeking help at the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission, to church fellowships, school communities, special needs families, neighbors and more than a few fast-food employees, so many were blessed by her unique warmth and care.
In her music, jewelry-making and writing, she embodied the creativity of God.
In the way she served — in vocational ministry, volunteer roles, and simply by being sensitive to the needs of others — she demonstrated the depth of His concern. Her commitment and discipline mirrored God’s consistent faithfulness to us.
Her tenderness was a touch of His love, and the way she brought celebration into everyday life, a reminder of His pleasure.
Even in the face of the profound challenges as the parent of a medically fragile child and subsequently her own terminal illness, Trish’s soul radiated joy in a way that caused ours to crave the fountain from which she drank.
Trish is survived by her husband of 26 years Rolf B. Geyling (president of the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission); her children 2nd Lt. Wilson T. Geyling, Maximilian R. Geyling and Olivia J. Geyling; mother JoAn Wilson; brothers Rick and Steve Wilson and their families; mother-in-law Helga Geyling; as well as Rolf’s three siblings and their families.
She is preceded in death by her nephew Seamus, niece Faoileann, dad Dick Wilson, father-in-law Franz Geyling and son Rudy.
A viewing will be hosted 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, at her home church Coast Community Church of the Nazarene, 4973 Via Los Santos, Santa Barbara.
The funeral service will be at noon Friday, Nov. 15, at Living Faith Church, 4597 Hollister Ave., Santa Barbara; carpooling recommended. Burial and family receiving immediately to follow the service at Goleta Cemetery, 44 S. San Antonio Road, Santa Barbara. All are welcome; bright colors encouraged (especially lavender and canary yellow).
Memorial donations in Trish’s honor can be made to the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission, 535 E. Yanonali St., Santa Barbara, 93103.
19 thoughts on “Patricia Dawn Geyling (2/27/1966-11/1/2019)”
I love you, Trish! Beautifully remembered, Rolf.
Thank you for this beautiful remembrance of a treasure. I miss her.
Rolf you captures your love perfectly. Thank you for sharing her with the world. Trish will be missed.
Rolf, your words honor your dear Trish well! Comfort and peace to you and prayers
Love you Trish.
What a beautiful tribute Rolf, Trish was an example to us of what God’s love and care looks like. I missed being with her today and will miss our days together. She was something special! Love to you guys.
Beautiful testimonial, Rolf. Peace of Christ be with you all.
I am so blessed to have known and experienced that fountain in sweet friendship….. Trish nourished my heart!!! Beautiful words Rolf!!!
We will not be in Santa Barbara the week of the services for beautiful Trish…
I will however keep Rudy’s silver heart, made with love by Trish’s own hands, around my neck the entire time.
Peace to all.
Thank you. Beautifully said, beautifully lived.
Thank you for this. I have followed this blog for many years and even though I never met Trish, I enjoyed all of her updates. I am so sorry for your loss and your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
Such a fitting a beautiful tribute, Rolf. Thank you.
Thank you, Rolf for sharing Trish and your family with us for so many years. May you continue rest in the deep love of Christ. Much love and prayers for you and your family. Jo
May you all feel the peace that she is in right now.
She’s with her Rudy boy. What a joyous reunion in heaven
May God Bless and comfort you with cherished memories..
What a beautifully written tribute to, as I have learned, a most godly young woman, treasured by all who knew her. I am so thankful I had the privilege of meeting her. My heart is heavy over Trish’s loss, yet I take comfort knowing she is with her Lord in heaven. My Love & continued prayers for you Rolf & for your whole family during this very difficult time.❤️
You and your beautiful family are in my thoughts & prayers
Trish touched me while writing of your Rudy, I’ll treasure her memory and lessons always. Praise that she was able to watch her family grow into the fine young adults they are.
Nice poost thanks for sharing