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1922 - 2012 Obituary Condolences
PATRICIA RAGAN Patricia Eleanor Maxon Ragan, 89, resident of WestHaven Assisted Living in Orland, CA, passed away on Sept. 16, 2012. Patricia (Pat) was born in Los Angeles, CA on Nov. 6, 1922, to her parents, Leo Floyd Maxon, Sr. and Marguerite Maude Fairfield Maxon. She had three older brothers, Howard Fairfield Maxon, Merrill Cutler Maxon and Leo Floyd Maxon, Jr., all deceased. She graduated from Canoga Park High School in Los Angeles. Among her studies she also enjoyed participating in gymnastics and was a member of the World Friendship Club at her school. She also was a Girl Scout and member of the Rainbow Girls. She enjoyed a lifetime of communication with many of her childhood friends. During World War II, she worked for Lockheed on electrical circuits for the now classic P-38 Lightning fighter plane. Pat met her husband, Paul Ragan on a blind date and both were attracted to one another. They were married on Oct. 8, 1950 in Reno, NV. They settled in Granada Hills, CA. They enjoyed traveling all over the United States with their 1950 Plymouth "Woodie" Upon Paul's retirement from the Los Angeles Fire Department, they moved from southern California to Orland, CA in 1967. They built their "deck house" along the Sacramento River while living in a trailer on their property. Pat and Paul were very involved in community functions and enjoyed the friendship of many. After her husband Paul passed away, she remained in their Orland home for about five years. She then became a resident of WestHaven until her passing. Pat liked her new environment and made many more friends at her new home. Pat enjoyed gardening, reading poetry, novels, etc., and community involvement. She also loved cats! Additionally, she had a large collection of movie musicals and especially liked Jeanette McDonald movies. Pat was very active with the Capay Rancho Women's Club and enjoyed organizing functions and fundraising that benefited the Friends of the Library and the local fire department. For decades she organized trips for many participants that took them to overnight excursions to various locations. Day trips were also planned for closer events. Pat enjoyoed exploring and visiting many destinations. She was always interested in people and their lives and enjoyed conversing with them. Pat's family heritage is linked to Chico, CA. Her second great-grandparents departed Dubuque, Iowa with two covered wagons and teams starting a six-month journey to California along with their ten children. The family located to Chico in December, 1860. Pat is survived by her three nieces and two nephews: Arleen Maxon Buchignani of Scottsdale, AZ; Linda Maxon Cosci of Reno, NV; Margie Maxon White of La Habra, CA; Gloria Maxon of Lakewood, CA; Donald Maxon of Apple Valley, CA; and Richard Maxon of Rohnert Park, CA. Aunt Pat has many grand and great-grand nieces and nephews. Patricia was laid to rest beside her husband at the Oddfellows Cemetery in Orland. The family would like to thank the administration and staff at WestHaven and also Aunt Pat's many friends for their care and support. In remembrance of Pat, donations can be made to Friends of the Library in Orland; Enloe Hospice or a . Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.brusiefh.com.
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Sept. 30, 2012
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