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Patricia Ann McGibbon

1933 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Patricia Ann McGibbon

Patricia Ann McGibbon, age 84, passed away peacefully at her home in Seattle on Saturday Nov. 11th surrounded by family and so much love, after a six-year clash with stage 4 lung cancer.

A lifelong Seattleite, she was born on June 3, 1933 to Stanley and Florence (Brodahl) Lemm, and was the oldest of two children. She attended Blessed Sacrament grade school and Holy Angels high school, graduating in 1951. Pat was proud of her independence- following graduation she moved out on her own and got a job at the Fort Lawton army base as secretary to the Colonel. It was there that she met a mouthy Irish enlisted man from Chicago and her lifelong love John (Hondo). They were married for 59 years, and raised a neighborhood in the Greenwood area, including sons Kevin (Jennifer), Brian (Cinthya), Terry (Laurie), Rory, James (LeTesha)Wheeler, and Jayson (Mae) Bass.

Many will remember Pat as a role model. She was the glue of the McGibbon team. She was quick to welcome in a neighborhood kid in the house and have them spend the night, and just as quick with a sharply worded piece of advice. While many called her "Mom", it was frequently the toughest ones that did so and meant it most often. She may have given them guff, but they knew that she had their back.

Highlights for Mom were attending her family's assorted sporting events, avidly bowling into her 70's until her Leilani Lanes was razed, Husky games and tailgating, cruises to Hawaii and the Caribbean, family vacations, a trip to Ireland with Hondo, visits with her children and grandchildren, and spending time at the family trailer at Gold Bar.

A number of people visited her in the past months, and paid respects to her as a second mom, a beacon in the storm, and a hostess that would not shut the door on anyone.

Pat was kind, yet tough and resilient to the last. She survived 2 bouts of cancer and a stroke, until the 3rd bout of cancer finally overcame her. She bristled when Hondo lovingly told her in the last week that she was a "tough old broad", but he replied "you survived stage 4 cancer for 6 years, what other definition for you is there?"

She is survived by her Husband Hondo; Brother Robert (Ginnie) Lemm; her sons, grandchildren Griffin, Darien, Natalie, Connor, Jayla, Xavier, Jordan, Jalen, Noah, Kylar, and Sinead; numerous nieces and nephews, and countless extended family members including Andre Burshaine, Nate Liljenstolpe, and Dan Lemm. There will be no funeral at Pat's request, but a celebration of life will be announced at a future date. Though not afflicted, Mom donated her body to Alzheimer's research. Remembrances to Alzheimer's research in her name would be appreciated.

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"Let's be glad for what we had, AND for what's to come."
Published in The Seattle Times on Nov. 19, 2017
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