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Patricia Colleen McGillivray

1936 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Patricia Colleen McGillivray Obituary

Patricia McGillivray died peacefully at home, surrounded by her family on January 3, 2018, after a lengthy battle with multiple system atrophy (MSA).

Patricia (known to most as Patty or Pat) was born to Edgar and Alison Shay, in Eureka, California, on July 30, 1936. She attended Eureka High School and graduated in 1954.

Later that same year, Patty married Jerry McGillivray, her high school sweetheart, with whom she had four children. In 1967, the family moved to Sutter County, living first in Sutter and finally in Yuba City, California. Pat and Jerry remained in Yuba City until 2015, when they moved to Sacramento, California, to be closer to family.

After raising their four children, Pat returned to school and earned her bachelor's degree with a 4.0 gpa, followed by a master's degree in Social Work (MSW), both from California State University, Sacramento. After graduation, she worked as a medical social worker in Sacramento, Susanville and Yuba/Sutter Counties in hospital, home health and hospice, retiring in 1999.

Pat will be remembered as a wonderful mother, grandmother, friend and mentor. She loved her children, grandchildren, daisies, beautiful pottery, good wine and laughing with family and friends. She also generously gave her time to many good causes. She volunteered with, and was a past-president, of the Rideout hospital auxiliary and also helped develop and oversee their "Telecare" program consisting of volunteers who placed daily calls to elderly or ill people living alone.

In her retirement years, Pat taught adults to read at the library, cooked for the homeless, and volunteered for the Christian Assistance Network (CAN). She was active in her Faith Group and served as a Eucharistic minister at St. Isidore's parish. Pat was an avid walker and reader and enjoyed many quiet escapes to the ocean. If asked about her most significant accomplishment, Pat was quick to say it was her children.

In August, Pat was preceded in death by Jerry, her husband of 63 years. She is dearly missed by those she leaves behind: children, Jill (Tim) Metzger of Glen Ellen, CA; Don (Gail Dartez) McGillivray of Sacramento, CA; Jerry (Kathy) McGillivray of Fortuna, CA; and Betsy (Bruce) Holt of Langlois, OR; grandchildren, Elise McGillivray; Cory, Ian and Kasey Holt; sister, Janet (Larry) Todd, of Sparks, NV; nephews, Derek (Michelle) Todd; Brandon (Karen) Todd; as well as loving nieces, numerous cousins and dear friends.

Family and friends are invited to a graveside service to be held Friday, January 26, 2018, at 11:00 am at Sutter Cemetery, 7200 Butte House Rd, Sutter, CA.

Remembrances may be made to the Multiple System Atrophy Coalition multiplesystematrophy.org
Published in Appeal Democrat from Jan. 14 to Jan. 15, 2018
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