Lois Joan Patt, daughter of Albert and Lula Faivre, from Asaph, passed suddenly and unexpectedly on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, from an acute complication of advanced ovarian cancer. She was born Sept. 27, 1941.
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She is survived by a daughter, Janet Probst and son, Greg Probst, who were at her side to the end. She is also survived by a sister, Ella Connelly (husband Keith), and brothers Carroll (wife, Dorothy) and Fred Faivre (wife, Jane).
Lois was beloved by all who knew her. Her life was cut short. However, she showed tremendous courage in death. She was eternally interested in others over herself. She had a deep sense of humility, empathy, and compassion. Her greatness was her non-attachment to things; her greatest treasure was her children, her family, and friends. She did not waver on anything she believed in. She was devout in her love of others and content with the simple things in life - flowers, sunsets, birds, the full moon, and nature in general. She was always known for her fierce independence, contagious enthusiasm, zest for life, and extraordinary work ethic.
After living most of her life in Wellsboro, she moved to Seattle, Wash., two years ago, to be near her children. At the behest of her kids, she made a decision to make a move to Seattle. She sold her home, gave or sold practically everything she owned, and loaded only what would fit into her car, including her dog Heidi, and drove alone cross country. All of her relations were shocked, amazed, and PROUD of her for this act of courage and adventure. All who knew her agree that if she could do that she could do anything.
She was loved and adored to the very end. She left us on her terms. She left with grace and dignity. She left unselfishly. She will be missed, along with her famous scalloped potatoes, roast beef, and apple pie. Rest in peace.
A memorial service was held on Saturday Dec. 29, to celebrate her memory.
Published in The Wellsboro Gazette from Dec. 28, 2012 to Jan. 7, 2013