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Druce, Patty Hoffmann (Hoffmann)  
Patty Hoffmann Druce November 12, 1940 – April 12, 2015 Patty passed away unexpectedly but peacefully with family by her side at Skagit Valley Hospital in Mt. Vernon, Washington. She was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Zetta Florence McKenzie and Robert Horst Hoffmann. She was preceded in death by both of her parents and her husband, Milton Leon ("Milt"). Patty Jean was the eldest of four children. She attended Granite High School in Salt Lake City where she was an excellent student. Upon graduating in 1959, Patty went to work for the Soil Conservation Service and then the Weather Service. She married J. Val Hollands on September 2, 1960. They were divorced in 1972. Patty married Milton Leon Druce July 17, 1976 in Elko, NV. Milt passed away in October 2010. Patty and Milt resided in several states as Patty was transferred and promoted as the personnel officer within NOAA. They moved to Longmont, CO in 1978, where Patty became a life-long Denver Broncos fan. They relocated to Mill Creek, WA in 1982, and in 1990 they moved to Silver Spring, MD, where Patty finished her career. In 1998 Patty and Milt moved to Mt. Vernon, WA to be near family and grandchildren. Patty was very talented. She was an excellent seamstress and began sewing her own clothes while in high school. She loved to knit dishcloths and always had her knitting needles going. She was an excellent cook, and loved gardening, reading, camping and crafts. She took pictures of everything and filled many albums with her photos. Patty loved holidays and would have special decorations for each holiday. She especially enjoyed the annual family tradition of baking German stollen at Christmas. Patty is survived by her three children, J. Scott (Jacqueline) Hollands, Jillyn (Craig) Howe, and Andrew (Kari) Hollands. She doted on her four grandchildren, Nicholas, Colby, Jacob and Allie Mae, who will miss her greatly. Patty is also survived by her three siblings, Terry (Colleen) Hoffmann, Susan (Brent) Romney, and David (Cydney) Hoffmann. The family wishes to express gratitude to Irina Kasakova and all the wonderful people who helped Patty in her final months. A gathering of family and friends will be held on May 2nd at the Hollands home in Mt. Vernon to celebrate her life, beginning at 1pm. Memories can be shared at the online guest register at www.kernfuneralhome.com .
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Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on Apr. 28, 2015
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