Patricia Ann Parr
Jan. 9, 1932 - Sept. 25, 2020
Patricia Ann "Pat" Parr, a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who always put her family first, died peacefully under the hospice care of the 5-West team at Providence St. Vincent's Hospital in Portland, Ore., Sept. 25, 2020.
A first-generation American, Patricia was born Jan. 9, 1932 in St. Paul, Minn., to Lebanese emigrant Anthony Charley and his wife, Marie. The family moved to Portland in the 1940s and Pat attended St. Mary's Academy in downtown Portland. She went on to the Providence School of Nursing, where her technical skills, strong work ethic and patient orientation led to her becoming head nurse of the surgical recovery floor immediately after graduation.
But perhaps the most notable event in her nursing education was her senior-year school prom, where she met Dwight Sigsbee Parr. It was love at first sight. The two married Dec. 27, 1954 and enjoyed a loving, enduring partnership for 62 years.
Pat worked as a nurse until her first child was born in 1955. She later stepped in as volunteer bookkeeper for her husband's business. Although she had no background in finance she handled the job with her typical patience and eye for detail, balancing accounts to the penny until the company could afford a full-time employee.
She was proud of her Lebanese heritage and admired her father's courage in coming to a new country as a teenager. She was an avid explorer of different cultures; when she and Dwight traveled they often chose sites of historical significance, including the ancient ruins of Greece, Mexico and Peru. They enjoyed more relaxed vacations as well in Hawaii and Southern California. She read widely, with history always her first choice.
Pat inherited her mother's skills as a seamstress and was accomplished at needlework and sewing. Her grandchildren were the lucky recipients of many outfits she designed and customized with a Mimi label, their affectionate nickname for her. She later discovered the game of Mahjong and became quite good at it. She was an excellent cook; her Christmas dinners were a family favorite.
A generous and loyal friend, Pat led with humility and appreciation for her blessings. Above all, family came first for her. She held high standards for her children, expecting (and getting) good manners and rejecting arrogance in all forms. She never sought out social accolades or status, focusing instead on the joys of family, friends and faith.
She felt a strong responsibility for others. After her successful recovery from breast cancer, Patricia and Dwight created the Parr Family Cancer Fund at Providence St. Vincent's to help patients with financial needs not covered by insurance.
Her adored husband, Dwight preceded her in death in January 2017. Her only sibling, Mary Ann Nicola also preceded her in death. She is survived by her children, Mary Brophy (Patrick), David Parr, and Michael Parr (Sharon); grandchildren, David Parr (Sara), Caroline Cath (Will), Kelly Sanders (Alex), Shannon Watson (Charlie) and Abbie and Kelsey Parr; and six great-grandchildren. Her devoted caregiver Kafo'atu (Kaye) Vete became a member of the family. The family also extends its deepest appreciation to Dr. Duc Nguyen and his team for the excellent care given to both Patricia and Dwight throughout their later years.
Due to the pandemic, the memorial service will be held at a later date. Donations may be sent to The Parr Family Cancer Fund, care of Providence St. Vincent's Medical Center.
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