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Patricia Faye Lane
December 9, 1944 - December 4, 2013
Patricia "Patty" (Edwards) Lane, days short of 69 years old, passed away peacefully in her sleep in the early hours of Wednesday, Dec. 4th, 2013. It was her father's birthday. Patty was a precious gift and a blessing to all who knew her; she will be greatly missed by the many known to her over the course of her lifetime spent in Caldwell and the Treasure Valley.
Patty was born to Frank and Helen Ewing in Nampa, Idaho, in the cold of December 1944. She lived with her mother and sister while her father served in the United States Army during operations of World War II. When Patty was 4 years old, the family moved to Butte, Montana, where she attended grade school while her father worked in the mines. Patty loved the new house that her father and mother worked so diligently to build. Later, she and her family would move to Kuna, Idaho, where they farmed for a number of years. Although there was no new home to live in (or indoor plumbing) - a point Patty hammered home to her Mom and Dad, the attention she received from the boys more than made up for having to live on the farm. Patty and her sister, Linda, were very popular and had lots of fun during their school years. Patty's best friend has always been her sister, and the two shared life's special memories. Patty briefly attended Nampa High School before the family moved to Fruitland to operate the service station at Gayway Junction. Patty attended school and was a cheerleader for the Fruitland Grizzlies.
In Fruitland, Patty met, then married, John Tschirgi in the early summer of 1962. The couple was young and dirt poor - but happy. Together they had a son, Johnnie. Patty's husband, "Big John", died of cancer in December, less than three short years later - marking a tragedy that would affect her for life. Tragedy will do that.
In 1966, Patty was won over by a young merchant. Patty married Doug Edwards in July of that year. Now in her early twenties, Patty started life over. In 1967, they were blessed with another baby boy - Scott. They were happy. Doug and Patty had always worked in the grocery business (Albertsons/M&W) and, naturally, they purchased and ran the Wilder Market for over 25 years beginning in 1977. Countless friends resulted from the years as part of the very fabric of the City of Wilder. The store provided a great means of support, a platform to help members of a community and a means to teach their boys' life's lessons, including how to work hard.
Sadly, Doug passed away in December of 1990, after a long battle with cancer. Another heartbreaking blow from the fates, this tragedy haunted Patty the balance of her time.
Patty was blessed to meet and then marry Rollie Lane in 1993. Full of life and love for Patty, Rollie was a welcome addition to the family. Together Patty and Rollie made a wonderful life for themselves. They built their ranch south of Caldwell. The ranch gave them plenty to do as they moved into retirement. They traveled some in their motor home and liked to go out to the Elks but, for the most part, Patty loved to be at home with Rollie. There she felt safe. Patty loved Rollie's big heart and he loved hers - although in spite of surgery in 2011, hers wasn't as strong as he'd hoped. Patty would tell you that life was hard. Tragedies had befallen her, but she was very happy with her life with Rollie. She was proud of Rollie and proud of her family which included John, Scott, KC (Rollie's son), Sherry (Rollie's daughter) and their families as well as all of her grandchildren, nieces and nephews. It's a fact, a root beer float will never taste as good again. In the face of her pain, Patty showed a kindness that will influence this family in perpetuity.
Patty is survived by her dear mother - Helen; her husband, her sons, grandchildren, her precious sister, Linda (Wheeler) Carr; and many other cousins, nieces and nephews (and children).
Patty left us in December - Decembers were always hard for her. Tragedy will do that.
Funeral services will take place at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10th at Dakan Funeral Chapel, Caldwell. There will be a gathering at the Caldwell Elks Lodge immediately following. Condolences and memories may be shared with Patty's family at www.dakanfuneralchapel.com
The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Doug Edwards Educational Foundation, c/o Zions Bank, 509 S Kimball Ave, Caldwell, ID 83605; or .

Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Dec. 8, 2013
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