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PATRICIA DIANE (LIBBY) ALLISON Obituary
Allison, Patricia Diane (Libby), age 75, passed away on the 14th of September 2013 with her beloved husband of 59 years, Darrell Guy Allison at her side. Patricia was born on the 31st of May 1938 to George Boyd and Dorothy Hazelton (White) Libby in Rockland, Maine.

Patricia spent her first two years of life in Rockland, Maine and then moved with her family to Honolulu, Hawaii in 1940 where her father was stationed with the United States Navy at Pearl Harbor. Enemy planes engaging in a surprise attack, flew directly over the family home during the bombing of the naval base on the 7th of December 1941 as the residents of the Naval Housing Facility helplessly watched from less than a half mile away. Shortly after the devastating events of that infamous day, the family was evacuated to Long Beach, California where they eventually settled following the war. Patricia spent her formative years participating with the local VFW sponsored Rhythmettes, a majorette marching corps that represented the veterans at area parades and functions. She attended Polytechnical High School and later married Darrell Guy Allison.

Following the birth of their four children, Patricia completed an Associates of Arts degree at Compton Community College, and Bachelors of Arts degree in Home Economics at CSULB as well as earning a teaching credential, Social Studies credential, English as a Second Language credential, and subsequently a Masters of Arts with a credential in Education Administration, graduating with top honors. Patricia spent her working career with The Ocean View School District in Huntington Beach, California teaching at Mesa View Middle School for 20 years where she developed the curriculum for the school's Home Economics Department in addition to teaching Social Studies and English. She also served as the school's Vice Principal for many years. Patricia had a true passion for the value of an education and she instilled this concept not only in her students, but in her children and grandchildren as well.

Attracted by their mutual love for the sea and education, Patricia followed Darrell into membership with the United States Power Squadron, an organization dedicated to boating education and safety. Initially with the Lynwood Power Squadron and later with the Tres Rios Power Squadron, Patricia was actively involved with this service organization, eventually rising to be one of the women who paved the road for woman to serve as officers and educational leaders. She served as the Squadron Commander in 1999 and again in 2000. For over 50 years, Patricia and Darrell developed life long friendships while enjoying the beautiful boating opportunities along the Southern California coast and providing boating education and safety classes to avid boaters in the region.

Patricia had an insatiable love for world history and travel. Together, she and Darrell alit on most every continent of the globe. If she hadn't physically visited a location, she had been there through her voracious reading. She especially enjoyed reading about Biblical history and travelled extensively in the Holy Land and other locations of the Middle East. If a trip was being organized, Patricia was ready to go. These adventures where often made in the company of friends, providing life long memories. While her lists of travels are to numerous to count, some of her favorites were China, Tibet, England, Scotland, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and the Islands of French Polynesia as well as trips through the Panama and Suez Canals. They travelled extensively within the United States by boat, train, plane, and automobile. While residing in Kuwait for two years, she took the opportunity to visit Russia and Europe. Japan was one of their favorite destinations, where they had made special friends. She journaled extensively about her travels, leaving a cherished legacy for her family.

Patricia will be deeply missed by her best friend, spouse, and soul mate, Darrell Guy Allison; her son, Leon Scott Allison and his wife, Amanda Bo; daughter, Stephani Renee Allison and her partner, Judith Gorra; daughter, Michelle Suzanne Gramm and her husband, Myron Gramm; and daughter, Elizabeth Paige Roberts and her husband, Steven Roberts. In addition, she has left a void for her beloved grandchildren, Allison Courtney Coffman, Darrell Austin Gramm and his wife, Sofia, Spenser Zacre Gramm, and Hunter Ulysses Gramm for whom she was bigger than life. Also left to cherish her memory are nephew, George Elskamp and his wife, Jeanie and nephew, Mark Gutcher and his wife, Maria as well as numerous other family members.

A Celebration of Life is planned for Sunday, October 27th 2013 at The Huntington Harbor Yacht Club. Her commitment will be at sea. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a tax deductible contribution be made to Run Seal Beach, PO Box190, Seal Beach, California, 90740 in memory of Patricia Allison.


Published in Orange County Register on Sept. 22, 2013
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