Patricia Joan "Pat" (McGovern) Nightingale (1931 - 2018)

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Longtime Anchorage, Alaska, resident Patricia "Pat" Joan (McGovern) Nightingale, 86, died on Jan. 18, 2018.
Funeral services will be announced at a later date.
She was born on March 31, 1931, in Salem, Ore., to James and Johanna McGovern. She graduated from St. Boniface High School in Sublimity, Ore. She married her high school sweetheart, Gordon Nightingale, on June 24, 1950. Gordon and Pat lived in Spokane, Guam, Oklahoma and Chicago, Ill., being a military family, ending back in Oregon in 1956, until they moved to Anchorage in October 1963.
Pat started at Providence Hospital in 1965 and retired in April 1993, after 28 1/2 years. She and Gordon loved to travel and go to their cabin at Nancy Lake. After she retired, she continued to be a familiar face around the hospital, volunteering with the Providence Auxiliary and volunteering her time with ushering at the PAC and helping in the office, with mailings. Pat has belonged for 50+ years, and is one of the original members, of the Anchorage Catholic Daughters and Jack Henry Post 1 Auxiliary since 1968. Pat was famous at a lot of the bake sales for her peanut brittle and loved to bake all kinds of cookies and desserts. She always said her Irish roots gave her extra luck, whether in Vegas playing the slots, bingo or pull tabs. Pat loved to host and entertained many "adopted" family members over the years, always welcoming others into her home, especially during the holidays. Pat had many talents, but her true calling was being a granny and great-granny! Her family remembers how, even long after the effects of Alzheimer's had set in, she always reserved her biggest smiles for her great-grandsons, who always brightened her day.
The family would like to thank her compassionate doctor, Dr. Janel Kam-Magruder, who was there to help the whole family deal with the effects of Alzheimer's disease, along with Drs. John Schwartz and Richard Anschuetz. To her caregivers Elma Ong and her staff, Letty, Josephine, Lolita and Sally, who took care of her as if it was their own mother, we thank you all.
She is survived by her loving husband of 67 1/2 years, Gordon; son, Jeffery J. of Bellingham, Wash.; son and daughter-in-law, Gregory and Jill of Vancouver, Wash.; daughters and sons-in-law, Kimberly and Cecil Barrows, and Sylvia and Stephen James, both of Anchorage; four grandchildren, Amanda Loy, Bryan Nightingale, Cameron Barrows and Nathan Nightingale; and two great-grandsons, Landon Peterkin-Barrows and Mason Loy.
Patricia was preceded in death by her parents; and brothers, Ed and Mike McGovern.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorial donations be made in Patricia's name to Alzheimer's Resource of Alaska 1750 Abbott Road, Anchorage, AK 99507; or to Anchorage Catholic Daughters P.O. Box 243953, Anchorage, AK 99524.
Patricia was truly one of a kind, with a heart of gold and will be missed by all those who knew and loved her. She was well loved.

Published in Anchorage Daily News on Jan. 28, 2018