Patricia Phillips Mattix, 81, of Great Falls, died of a heart attack on Jan. 1 at a local hospital. There will be a memorial service at Christ Methodist Church in Great Falls at 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 6. Committal will be at Philbrook Cemetery on Memorial Day 2012. Arrangements are in care of Croxford Funeral Home and Crematory.
She is survived by her loving husband of 62 years, Edward R. Mattix; daughters, Joyce (Patrick) Byrne of Great Falls and Annie (Akbar) Noori of London, Ontario; son, Marc (Rebecca) Mattix of Bozeman; grandchildren, Amanda (Jason) Meeker, Tyler (Stacey) Byrne, Arshia and Kian Noori and Katie Mattix; and great-grandchildren, Zak and Luke Meeker and Lane Byrne. Survivors also include several nieces and nephews and a few cousins.
Those who have preceded her in death include her brother Warren Phillips and sisters Mary Ellen Thompson and Ruth Collings.
Patricia was born on March 17, 1930 to Claude and Pearl Phillips in Moore, Mont. She was raised on the family cattle ranch 12 miles south of Utica, Mont. She attended the rural elementary school New Liberty, Buffalo High School and graduated from Hobson in 1948. She attained a Bachelor's degree in education from Western Montana College and additional assorted credits from CGF and the University of Montana. Patricia worked as a kindergarten teacher in Great Falls from 1953 to her retirement in 1984.
As an active member of her community, Patricia was involved in the PTA, AAUW, Phi Delta Kappa, Retired Teachers Association, Daughters of the Nile #79, Great Falls Quilt Guild and a Red Hat Club. She loved quilting, sewing, reading, music, flowers, nature, traveling, R.V. trips, and crossword and jigsaw puzzles. Patricia was known for her generosity; she donated 20 quilts each year to "Adopt-A-Bear," "Komforters for Kids," Gift of Life, Hospice House and Camp Make-A-Dream.
Memorials for Patricia are suggested to the Gift of Life Housing at 2908 11th Ave South, Great Falls, MT, 59405 or to the Utica Museum at 5443 Indiana Road, Moccasin, MT, 59462.
Condolences to the family may be left at www.croxfordfuneralhome.com.
Croxford Funeral Home and Crematory
1307 Central Avenue
Great Falls, MT 59401
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Jan. 4, 2012