Patricia Ann Newcomb died Thursday, March 14, 2013, at Wickersham House in Wasilla, Alaska.
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Pat Newcomb was born April 11, 1935, in Milaca County, Minnesota, to Arnold Robert and Hortense B. Carson. She was the youngest Colonist, at 7 days old, to leave Minnesota and travel to the Matanuska Valley in May 1935, as part of President Roosevelt's "New Deal".
Pat was raised on the family farm on Fairview Loop Road with her brothers Jim and Mike, and her sister Sally. She had many stories of farm life in the 40s, sharing the good memories and hardships of the era. The work ethic and farm skills carried through in her own life as she gardened and raised animals, passing these values on to her children and grandchildren. Pat often shared the bounty from her garden and eggs from her chickens with friends, family, and those in need.
Pat married Harold S. Newcomb on December 19th, 1953. They lived in Wasilla and raised 4 children: Kurt, Randy, Niki, and Robin.
Pat spent her life caring for her family and others. She was a foster mother, a teacher's aide at Iditarod Elementary, and a host parent for foreign exchange students. She was involved in many community activities. She was a Selective Service Board member. Pat was directly involved in the development of the Alaska Crippled Children's Association thrift store growing into The Treasure Loft, now known as Turn a Leaf. Pat was a master gardener and founding member of the Valley Garden Club, serving as President for several terms. She could often be found at the Alaska State Fair judging entries and helping with displays.
Pat was preceded in death by her father Arnold R. Carson; her mother Hortense B. Carson; her grandson Alexander R. Newcomb, and her husband of 50 years Harold S. Newcomb.
Pat is survived by her children: Kurt Newcomb (Jeannette), Randy Newcomb (Mary), Niki Taysom, and Robin Ouellette (Larry); her grandchildren Michael Newcomb, Rebecca Newcomb , Jessica and Jentry Crain, Ben and Kim Newcomb , Tracey Dunsmoor, Ely and Sierra Taysom, Jesse Taysom, Sam Ouellette, Suzanne Ouellette, and 7 great grandchildren. Pat is also survived by her siblings Jim Carson, Mike Carson, and Sally Karabelnikoff.
No services will be held, at Pat's request.
A party to celebrate her life will be scheduled at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, please send memorial donations to The Valley Garden Club or The
Pat wanted to be remembered by the following quote: "What you saw, was what you got."
Arrangements are with Alaska Heritage Memorial Chapel and Crematory.
Published in adn.com from Mar. 19 to Mar. 20, 2013