Pattie Stiles went to be with her Lord on December 26, 2013. She was born Patricia Ruth Myers on September 3, 1922 in Los Angeles to Paul and Thelma Myers. Her father was later known as "First Mate Bob", the founder of the Haven of Rest Radio Ministry. Pattie attended Toland Way Elementary in Eagle Rock, CA, and graduated from Eagle Rock High School in 1940. She attended Southern California Bible College in Pasadena, CA. and it was there that she met the love of her life Jack Stiles.
Jack and Pattie married September 13, 1942. During their engagement that summer, Pattie had worked at North American Aviation bucking rivets on the side panels of P51 fighter planes, but in due time she became a minister's wife when they moved with their first daughter, Nancy, to Prairie City, OR. to pastor a small Assembly of God Church. While there Pattie gave birth to their second child, Stephen. They returned to southern California in 1946 and Jack began pastoring at Stonehurst Chapel in the San Fernando Valley where their third child, Kathleen, was born the following year.
In 1952, Jack became the founding pastor of Osborne Neighborhood Church in Arleta, CA. and together they were a dynamic team at Osborne for 45 years, Pattie as Music/Choir Director as well as church organist. Over the years she produced a legacy of music directing numerous choirs and travelling groups, and arranging and producing music for the church that included everything from solos, duets, trios and quartets, to cantatas and seasonal musical productions that combined drama, art, and orchestra. Pattie did all this without any formal musical training. She was a natural.
In 2006, four years after Jack's passing, Pattie moved to Whidbey Island, WA. to be with her daughter and son-in-law, Mike and Kathie Rice, eventually moving to Rosario Assisted Living in Anacortes, WA where she hosted a weekly Bible study in her room, encouraged the residents, and finished strong bearing witness to God's love to everyone around her.
Devoted wife, beloved mother and grandmother, gifted choir director and music minister, talented artist, relentless prayer warrior, confidant, encourager, gracious, and classy are how Pattie will long be remembered and deeply loved by all who knew her .
She is survived by her three children: Nancy (Jack III) Tedford, Steve (Jean) Stiles, and Kathie (Michael) Rice; eight grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren. The family would like to thank the staff of Rosario Assisted Living for the seven years of loving care they provided for Mom.
A memorial service celebrating Pattie's life will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at Osborne Neighborhood Church, 13501 Osborne St., Arleta, CA.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in her honor to Osborne Neighborhood Church Missions Fund.