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Born into a Navy family, Pat moved frequently and attended 18 different schools by the time she graduated high school in Oak Harbor, Washington, where she met her future husband, Don. They both attended Linfield College, majoring in education.
Pat taught one year before having her two children. The family moved to Port Townsend for five years and then to Port Angeles. Pat worked as a substitute teacher, and Don became the principal at Port Angeles High School.
During this time, her parents, Buck and Helen Buckingham, moved to Third Avenue in Sequim, building a home with a large pond and wooded trails running through a native plant arboretum. In 1970, Pat and her family moved to this home.
One of her greatest joys was to finally settle down in one spot for the next 40 years where she was able to establish and maintain many friendships through volunteering with hospice, being a member of the Methodist and Unitarian churches, teaching calligraphy, joining Sequim Scribes and PEO, and lastly working with the Mujeres de Maiz Opportunity Foundation.
Mujeres is a local nonprofit established in 2006 to provide access to education (in the form of scholarships, literacy, computers, eyeglasses, workshops) for indigenous women and children in the state of Chiapas, Mexico.
While grounded in Sequim, Pat enjoyed traveling and visited 32 countries, including spending six months in China teaching English. Pat also went to Wales to meet her pen pal of over 45 years.
Facing cancer, she chose to include Death With Dignity as an end-of-life option. This was of great comfort to her, although she did not need to make that choice and died very peacefully with friends and her beloved dog beside her.
Pat loved dandelions, "Dennis the Menace" cartoons and the iconic smiley face. From her home in Carlsborg, she loved to walk her dog and sit with him on the porch each morning with coffee and the panoramic view of the Olympic Mountains. She called it her "little bit of heaven."
She was preceded in death by her husband, Don, and sister, Janet Rosen.
Living family include her son, Gary, and daughter-in-law, Kathi; daughter Ruth; grandchildren Adam, Katie, Robin and Andy Lang, and Rebekah Woodson; great-granddaughter Rylee Jenkins; and brother John Buckingham and his extended family.
A memorial for Pat will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 7, 2014, at Dungeness Valley Lutheran Church, 925 North Sequim Avenue in Sequim.
Memorials gifts may be given to the Mujeres de Maiz Opportunity Foundation, P.O. Box 1954, Sequim, WA 98382, 360-683-8979, www.mujeresdemaizof.org, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published in The Peninsula Daily News on May 11, 2014