Patricia Ann (Haran) Vaden was born in Wendell, Idaho, May 26, 1944, to John Patrick Haran and Verda Anderson Haran. She passed away peacefully at her home in Emmett, Idaho, on June 19, 2014, surrounded by her family. She had recently been diagnosed with acute leukemia.
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Pat grew up in Shoshone, Idaho. Her father worked on the railroad and her mother was a homemaker. She had two sisters, Carol and Jo and two brothers, Jim and John. A large family in a small home, they made the most of what they had, which was their love and friendship for one another that has endured all of their lives.
Pat developed a good work ethic at an early age. When she was nine, she and Carol worked for a local veterinarian. During high school, she worked at The Manhattan cafe as a waitress. She graduated from high school in Shoshone in 1962, and married Robert (Dee) Vaden of Bliss in 1963 and moved to Boise, Idaho.
Pat became a homemaker and mother to three children, Jim, Kelly and John. Pat thoroughly enjoyed being a young mother with three children, although she said she spent a lot of time alone in the closet, praying. God heard and directly answered, because she was always a kind and loving mother, full of fun and adventure.
Her goal during that time was to nurture and enjoy her children, which she was a natural at, and credited towards her own mother. The family spent their recreation time at motorcycle races in the desert and camping, mostly at Silver Creek Plunge. Pat's primary hobby was collecting antiques and refinishing antique furniture. She refinished all of the original woodwork in their home on 17th Street, and, like anything she did, she did it with excellence.
Pat went to work for the USDA – ASCS office in Boise, first when Jim was young, and then after the two younger children were older. The family moved to Emmett in 1979 and she transferred to the Emmett ASCS office. She and Dee divorced in 1983. In 1985, she obtained the position of County Operations Reviewer for the USDA Farm Service Agency. She travelled to various Idaho counties, meeting many new coworkers. She truly enjoyed all aspects of her career with the ASCS and FSA, and made many life-long friends with the people she worked with during those years.
After retiring in 1999, Pat focused her energy on serving in her church. She also loved working in her beautiful flower garden, and playing cards with her group of ladies or her friends at the senior center. She had always been crazy about her grandchildren, and had started the succession of blessing lives onto her great-grandchildren.
Pat is survived by her children, Jim Vaden (Lisa Ritter), Kelly (Dustin) Farrell and John Vaden; and her grandchildren, Sheena (Ruben) Murillo, Jamie Vaden, Jillian (Derik) Thayer, Kallee Vaden and William Farrell; as well as five great-grandchildren, her brothers and sisters, James (Jan) Haran, John (Ann) Haran, Carol Lewin and Mary Jo Nelson; and numerous nephews and nieces.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her nephew, Michael Tate.
Pat was an amazing person. Not only was she intelligent and kind, but also encouraging and cheerful. You could not have a conversation with her that did not include humor and laughter. Witty to the end, we will truly miss her laugh, her twinkling green eyes, her optimism, her friendship and her unconditional love. I know the angels are appreciating her good nature as much as we are missing it.
Pat's service will be held on Friday, July 11, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church in Emmett. A private burial will follow in Shoshone, Idaho, at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Emmett Sacred Heart Church, or the Gem County Senior Center.
Potter Funeral Chapel
228 East Main Street
Emmett, ID 83617
Published in Emmett Messenger Index from July 3 to Aug. 2, 2014