A beautiful voice fell silent on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2008, when Patty Lou Mitchell Goldsworthy was called to her heavenly home by her Savior. Patty Lou was well known in Butte and Bozeman, where she loved to share her vocal gifts.
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Patty Lou was born Jan. 26, 1931, in Butte to Lesley and Cora Mitchell. She attended Butte High and graduated in 1947. In September 1948, she married the love of her life, Earl "Buck" Goldsworthy. They remained in Butte to raise their family.
Patty Lou worked at the Credit Bureau and later at the H & R Block office in Butte. She was a member of Butte Chapter #39 Order of Eastern Star and was the mother advisor for Butte Assembly #4 Order of Rainbow for Girls.
In 1974, Patty Lou and Buck moved to Gallatin Gateway, outside of Bozeman, where they settled on 10 acres and built a new home. She managed the H & R block office in Bozeman, and later owned Pat's Bookkeeping and Tax Service. They opened Gateway Ceramics in 1980.
Pat and Buck were members of the Evangelical Free Church in Bozeman, where Patty Lou worked with Awana and the Missions and More Group. They were also Matron and Patron of Lily of the Valley #4 Order of Eastern Star. Patty Lou also held committee offices in the Grand Chapter of Montana O.E.S. When she retired, Patty Lou volunteered at the Bozeman Senior Center, where she was a member of the board. She also enjoyed working with the children and staff at the Gallatin Gateway Elementary School.
Besides her singing, Patty Lou loved to garden, knit, sew and spend time with her children and grandchildren. She was always one to share the wisdom of her years and her friendships. Her laughter will be missed by all.
Patty Lou was preceded in death by her parents; her step-father, Ken Davis; her beloved husband, Buck; daughter-in-law, Doreen Goldsworthy; and an infant sister.
She is survived by her children, Evonne Holman and husband Tom of Butte, Dan Goldsworthy and wife Christine of Ridgefield, Wash., Lynnette Mathisen and husband Steve of Aloha, Ore., and Dave Goldsworthy and wife Lisa of Eden, N.C.; grandchildren, Douglas and Denise Goldsworthy, Steven "Jake" Mathisen, and Darlene (Holman) Strand and husband Jeremiah; great-grandchild, Xander Strand; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Carol and Frank Parrett of Butte, Jim and Dorothy Goldsworthy of Reno, Nev., Sharon and Jim Brentle of Las Vegas, and Ray and Florence Goldsworthy of Las Vegas; and numerous nieces and cousins.
Patty Lou's remains are in Wayrynen-Richards Funeral Home, where friends may call beginning at 4 p.m. Monday. Ruth Chapter #2 Order of Eastern Star services will be conducted at 7 p.m.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Aldersgate United Methodist Church. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens. A memorial service will also be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at the Evangelical Free Church in Bozeman.
Memorials may be made to the Shrine Transportation Fund, Butte Convalescent Center, or Habitat for Humanity, Buck Goldsworthy Memorial Fund, 230 Arden Drive, Belgrade, MT 59714.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Feb. 23, 2008