Patricia Rae Galley, 64, passed away abruptly on the morning of March 24, 2013, from a blood clot in her lungs. Pat was born July 12, 1948, to loving parents, Bueford and Cecil VanArsdale in Halsey, Neb.
She was the third-born child of five siblings, Lorinda, Lavonna, Pat, Eddie and Genie. From a young age, she had big brown sparkling eyes filled with joy, faithfulness and compassion. She was raised in a religious manner, and through childhood she learned there was nothing in life more valuable than the love of her family.
She enjoyed the simple pleasures that life offered. She laughed easily and shared a playful childhood with her siblings. At age 4, her family relocated to Dillon, Colo., until construction of the Dillon Dam flooded the town and forced the family to relocate again, when she was 9, to Silida, Colo., where the family remained through the rest of her childhood and schooling, into her teenage years.
At age 19, she met James Galley, a deputy sherriff, in Idaho Springs, Colo. The first time he picked her up after work in his squad car, her co-workers thought she was in trouble with the law. They continued to date, and at age 20, she married James in Evergreen, Colo. At age 21, she had her first-born son, Ted, and at age 24, she had her second-born son, Jake.
In 1977, when she was 27, the family packed up and moved to Fairbanks. While residing there, Jim and Pat made a great couple, teaming up to raise a family. Jim worked as a heavy equipment mechanic through the local 302, and after her children were teenagers, Pat worked several years at Carr's Clothing.
Pat's main focus in life was to be a nurturing mother and devoted wife. She worked very hard to create a comfortable life for her family, with the highest level of care and consideration to how to contribute to a supportive and stable household that she desired and inspired for her family. Nothing was more important, and no one could ask for more!
The exceptional level of concern for her family and loved ones could not have been higher. Our family simply cannot say enough good things about her. She was our hero; she had all of our respect. She had a very gentle, yet strong way of guiding you toward what was best for you. She loved us more than she loved herself and she loved us more than we loved ourselves.
Through her selflessness she taught the purest meaning of true love and she lead by example. Her family would like to say, "we love you more than words could ever express; we are forever grateful for all the extra love that you showered on us. We will always cherish you in the purest parts of our hearts; you made us all better people just for knowing you and we will miss your loving ways, but want you to know, those ways will carry on through us, until the day we meet again. We are sad to be at this point in life, but we are not so sad that we cannot see how much you gave us to be thankful for."
Patricia is survived by her husband, James Galley; son, Jake Galley; sister, Lavonna Marshall and family; niece, Tammy Smith and family; brother, Eddie VanArsdale; nieces, Annie Gagnon and Mary Milton and family; brother-in-laws and family, Jerry and Kitty Galley; niece, Amy Baxter and family; and nephew Richard Galley; and grandchildren, Justen, Amber and James Jr Galley.
She is preceded in death by her mother and father, Bueford and Cecil VanArsdale; brother, Genie VanArsdale; sister, Lorinda Duff; and son, Ted Galley.
A celebration of life and memorial service will be held 2 p.m., May 25, 2013, at the Galley family home in Fairbanks. If you have any need to contact our family, please do so by mail at P.O. Box 84715, Fairbanks, Alaska 99708.