Pat was someone I was lucky enough to meet through the Sun City and First Tee of Greater Sacramento relationship. We were paired together two years in a row for the annual fundraiser over the summer. We were instant friends, because how could one not enjoy being around her sparkling personality and kind demeanor.
Pat also referred to me as her golfing granddaughter and never failed to come watch me play whenever I was at Sun City. At the end of every round she would come up to me and congratulate me for playing well regardless of the result. She always told me how proud she was of me and knew exactly what to say to make me feel great too.
My favorite part about Pat was the fact that she loved others so whole heartedly. She hardly knew me outside of the First Tee, yet she treated me like someone who was related by blood or an old friend. I saw her as a whole model for how to live life with passion and vigor. She exemplified that a person does not need to hold back love, but rather offer it to everyone he or she meets. When we did play golf together, she was constantly complimenting our playing partners and created a fun, positive, and encouraging environment for our whole team. At the lunches after, she would walk around and talk to everyone asking them if they had a great day like she did. I always enjoyed my rounds with Pat, but more importantly I enjoyed knowing her. Her happy smile and infectious laugh lit up the community. She was a woman of excellent character and values that I will always respect.
I want to offer my prayers to her family members. You must all feel very lucky to have had her as a mom, sister, grandmother, aunt, and mother-in- law. She truly was an amazing and woman, whose love I will remember always.