In an email from a mutual friend, Milt Yanicks, i just heard about Patti's death. Of course her memory lives on. Mine have stayed with me since the days in a 9th grade classroom on Mercer Island, Washington in the late 1950's. My wife and I just moved in May to Palm Desert, CA and if we had known about the memorial I would have been there in blue. A few years back Patti and I had dinner at the Yanick's when Patti was back in the PNW. It was fun sharing some hilarious memories of classroom antics, not the least those where Patti was central. But it is her zestful encouragement of intellectual growth, artistic appreciation and disciplined control of language that have stuck with me for a lifetime. Peace and farewell Patti!! And to her family, you've got to know that your Mom done good. Chip Wall
We will never forget your spark, wit, and tremendous joie de vivre, Patti. We met in 1985, have and will always cherish each and every moment we shared together. Love you so. Our prayers are with your family and especially your wonderful children. Trippy
We have many fond memories of Patti, her unique personality, and interest in music. We were part of Her Music Festival on many occasions. A great lady and we are proud we shared part of life.
Years after graduating from Mrs. Alksne's kindergarten class at Ginter Park Presbyterian Church in Richmond (where I was a classmate of Ward's), I had the pleasure of having dinner with her and my parents in Dallas (while I was in college or graduate school). Patti and my parents both took such delight at reminding me of the student progress report she sent home describing my "colorful but inappropriate language" at the time! Her sense of humor and her zest for life were always so present and available to others. Her life has been a gift to those of us lucky enough to have shared it with her. And the ability to laugh at oneself and the world, even while trying to reform both, are enduring gifts she gave me and my classmates way back then.
Our friend Patti brought so much joy to so many lives. Her energy and spirit are beyond compare. Our memories of Patti will live on.
Maggie Hiller, OFallon, IL formerly of Lynchburg, VA
Dear Milt, Cynthia, and Lorna, and families,
Adding my condolences on the death of your mom. I saw Patti from time-to-time around town and always appreciated her warm embraces … and, thinking about it, I don't recall ever having a chat where we were not both chuckling. I will miss your mom's laughter and sense of humor. Am certain that you all have many positive memories to help sustain you through the years to come sans your mom. Sending you hugs, Katya
Dear brave Patti, how I wish I had known. I would have told you how you enriched my life through the years with your generosity, love of art, music, fine dining, political wisdom and fairness. You made the world a better place. Rest in peace. Irene Corey
Dear Family, I started going to 2nd Act on Girard around 1995.(?). Anyway I got to know the owner, Patricia. She remembered me every time I went in there. I usually stopped and locked my bike up outside. I was in riding clothes and normally would feel funny going into a store dressed in lyrca. However, not only did most of my wardrobe come from her store, but I liked the fun atmosphere she created when she was there. I bought suits for work and play clothes that I wouldn't otherwise afford or have the inclination to look for. As a coincidence, I went to La Jolla High School (class of 77) and knew her daughter, Soda. Although I didn't get to know her well, I always admired Soda and she gave a commencement speech which was a breath of fresh air and pointed.Soda, I am so sorry for this great loss in your life. I followed Patricia to Fay Avenue but didn't see her there when I stopped by. I missed that. I have so many clothes I really like that will remind me of her fun and inquisitive nature every time I wear them. My deepest sympathy to your whole family for this huge loss. Sincerely, Monica (Buchanan) Starkey.