BARRETT, Patricia Rose (Danel)
Passed away peacefully at Eskaton Village Carmichael on October 7, 2013. Born on April 14, 1925 to William and Rose Danel, she was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Jack, and by her younger sister Shirley. She is survived by her sister Barbara, her sons Ronald, Gary and David (Sarah Herr), her four grandchildren, Fiona, Vanessa, Sam and Mary, as well as several nieces and nephews. Pat passed away after a full weekend of visits from all of her grandchildren, in the loving care of her sons, family and friends.
Born and raised in Sacramento, CA, Pat attended McClatchy High School and received her teaching credential from San Jose State. In 1949, she met Jack Arthur Barrett through her sister Barbara's boyfriend, Robert Chadwick, and after a three-month courtship they were married on August 29, 1948. Shortly after marrying they moved to Los Angeles, where Pat taught elementary school and Jack attended the Los Angeles College of Optometry. In 1950, they returned to Sacramento where Jack started his optometric practice and they began raising a family of three boys. In 1960 they purchased a lot in the new Sierra Oaks neighborhood and built the house where they would live for the next 52 years. After Jack's passing in 2012, Pat spent her last year at Eskaton Vilage, where she greatly enjoyed meeting new people and participating in many activities and trips.
Pat devoted herself to the many tasks and responsibilities of being a wife, mother and grandmother. She was an accomplished cook who especially enjoyed making the perfect Thanksgiving turkey and the traditional Christmas ham. She was a prolific seamstress who made shirts for her sons for nearly fifty years (an almost completed shirt was hanging in her room when she passed), as well as countless dresses, pants, pajamas and other items for her beloved grandchildren. She also made much of her own clothing as well as knitting socks, sweaters and blankets. She was an skilled needle-point artist as well as a life-long quilter. Her beautiful and intricate quilts are in the homes of many family members and friends.
Pat and Jack were avid bridge players and maintained a lifelong circle of friends from their many bridge groups. They especially enjoyed seeing a wide range of theater and attended most of the productions in town. Beginning in the early 1960's, Pat and Jack took the entire family on a two week vacation every summer to Europe, the East Coast, Canada and a great many other locations. In later years they limited their travel to visiting their grandchildren and to their annual trips to Carmel, CA, where they enjoyed the quiet and beauty of this coastal town. Pat was a member of the AAUW, the Sacramento Garden Club and the Gypsy Traders. She was a member of St. Ignatius Loyola Parish in Sacramento, and a devout Catholic her entire life.
There will be a Funeral Mass at St. Ignatius Loyola Parish, 3235 Arden Way, Sacramento, CA on Thursday, October 24, at 11:00 AM, followed by a memorial reception in the Parish Hall at 12:00 Noon. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a
Published in The Sacramento Bee on Oct. 20, 2013