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Patricia Ann "Pat" (Rhodes) Patterson


07/10/1924 - 07/22/2015 Obituary
Patricia Ann "Pat" (Rhodes) Patterson Obituary
Pat Patterson, beloved Bakersfield High School counselor, art instructor, and lover of the old western frontier, died on Wednesday, July 22nd. She was ninety-one years old.
Pat retired from her student counseling services with the Kern High School District at Bakersfield High School on June 16,1982. Bakersfield Mayor, Mary K. Shell, officially declared this day as "Pat Patterson Day". Pat was honored that day for her dedication, professionalism and service to the youth of Kern County from 1946 -1982. During her 36 years at BHS, Pat served her district and her students well. Her lively spirit, her fun and easy way of talking with students, and her infectious smile won the hearts and trust of her counsels. If one sat down to enjoy time with Pat, her conversation would eventually always lead to her love of Bakersfield High School and her beloved students. Pat was a true BHS Driller to her very core. "ONCE A DRILLER, ALWAYS A DRILLER!" In years past, Pat proudly designed the Kern High School District logo still used to this day.
Pat was born in Bakersfield, California on July 10, 1924. She was the daughter of local appliance dealers Frank Asel "Dusty", and Violet "Min" Rhodes who established Rhodes Appliance on Baker Street in 1946. Pat was the younger sister of Jack Rhodes, a past local Bakersfield appliance dealer and businessman. She graduated from East Bakersfield High School in 1942. After graduating, Pat attended San Jose State College. She was an "Honor Graduate with Great Distinction" in San Jose State's class of 1946. In 1946, Pat was hired as an art instructor for Bakersfield High School. Shortly after, Pat's easy way with students was noticed by administrators and her thirty-four year career as an academic student counselor was launched.
Pat married a young man she had dated during her East Bakersfield High School days. His name was Robert "Bob" Patterson. Bob served as a United States Marine Corp Sergeant in WWII. Returning after his wartime duties were completed, Bob married his high school sweetheart, Pat, and so began their 53 wonderfully active years of marriage. Bob and Pat retired together in 1982 and split their time between their Bakersfield home and their Bass Lake summer home. Together they made many close friends at Bass Lake where they have had a second home since 1951. Sadly, Pat lost her devoted companion Bob in 2002. Pat's life without her "Bobby" was never the same.
Pat had a deep love of the Old West. If one stepped outside Pat Patterson" back door it was like stepping through time, or onto an old west movie set. Pat and Bob started building the old west scene when they moved into their northeast Bakersfield home fifty-four years ago, as a way to display their growing collection of local relics. Pat and Bob did not neglect an inch of space in the planning and building of their back yard western scene. This facade of a general store, hotel, bank, law office, and saloon, all built from wood from original structures in Bakersfield, became the backdrop for Pat's western collections.
Pat's most cherished pride and joy was her antique Mason player piano made in the 1920's. If you were ever to step foot into Pat's home you would never leave without a lively "serenade"! A tambourine would quickly be tossed your way, Pat would slide into position on her piano stool, slip one of her many player piano scrolls into the piano and "Let the music begin!" Pat overjoyed by pretending to play honkey-tonk music on her player piano especially restored for her by Bob.
Preceding Pat in death were beloved husband, Robert F. Patterson, and all of her family's generation: Father, Frank A. Rhodes, mother, Violet Rhodes, brother, Jack Rhodes and wife Mary Ann, sister, Betty (Rhodes) Segress and husband Ronald, and brother-in-law, Andrew Patterson.
Left to survive Pat, is her sister-in-law Betty Patterson, nieces and nephews, Ken Rhodes and wife, Dee, Mary Jo "Jody" (Rhodes) Watson and husband, Steve, Robert Rhodes and wife, Nancy, Richard Rhodes and wife, Dawn, all of Bakersfield; Carol (Patterson) Moreno and husband, Dan, Linda Patterson, and several great nieces and nephews, and great, great nieces and nephews of whom Pat was quite proud.
Pat's family would like to extend a sincere thank you to Arcadia Home Care for the personal assistance they gave Pat while she was with them. It was a comfort to us knowing she was in loving hands. We would also like to thank Hoffmann Hospice. Your excellent treatment and gift of care is a credit to the Hoffmann Hospice staff. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to Hoffmann Hospice.
A memorial service officiated by Monsignor Craig Harrison will be held at Greenlawn Mortuary, 3700 River Boulevard, at 10:00 AM on Thursday, August 13th. Please join the Rhodes family for Pat's memorial. Also, you are invited to join us at Pat's home after the memorial service. Please come and have a last glimpse of her old west frontier.
Pat Patterson had a wonderful life. When I would sit down with Pat in conversation, she would comment on her life and how thankful and blessed she was for it. Very simply said by Pat, "I have had a very wonderful life. I am so fortunate! I have been blessed with life-long friends, the best career in the world, and a devoted husband and family.
"Happy trails to you Aunt Pat 'til we meet again!"
Published in Bakersfield Californian from July 31 to Aug. 9, 2015
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