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Patricia Ann McCabe State

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Patricia Ann McCabe State Obituary
Patricia "Patty" Ann McCabe State

Patricia "Patty" Ann McCabe State died in Portland, Oregon on Saturday, October 17, 2015 at the age of 74 from Alzheimer's Disease, with her husband and three daughters at her side. She was a force of positivity, humor and compassion, who possessed an inimitable creativity, imagination, and penchant for fun. A piano player, a talented seamstress, a wordsmith and crossword puzzle junkie, a party planner extraordinaire who threw unforgettably fun and uniquely themed birthday parties, and a Science Fair guru who inspired and guided her girls to create out-of-the box projects that always snagged a prize, Patty could do it all. Her energy was unmatched, and she was always up for a challenge (she could often be found with a tool or paintbrush in her hand, tackling any project that presented itself; whether it be painting the entire exterior and interior of their house, wallpapering every bedroom and bathroom, installing flooring and tiles, or creating and building a mini bar, she simply taught herself how and made it happen). She also had a great love of travel, and over the years embarked on several trips with her dear girlfriends, Peggy, Donna, and Karen. She made journeys to Prague, London, Australia, Russia, Paris and Rome, as well as a few trips back to her parents' hometown of Kinnity, Ireland.

Patty was born in New York City in 1941 to Percy McCabe and Josephine Molloy McCabe, and was raised in Leonia, New Jersey. She grew up working alongside her dad in the local ice cream shop and bars he owned, before attending LaSalle Junior College. She accepted a new job and moved to New York City where she had an apartment of her own and enjoyed adventuring about town with her best childhood friend, Lillian. She later took a job at TRW in Washington D.C. where she met her husband, Tom. They married in 1967 and relocated to Redondo Beach, California. They had three daughters who Patty stayed home to raise in their early years, before taking on a job as an office manager for a technical machine company where she worked for nearly 15 years.

In 1994, Patty retired to stay home and care for her beloved mom, Josie, until her passing in 1995. After Tom's retirement, the couple moved to his hometown of Spokane, Washington in 1999, where they lived until 2012 before moving to Portland, Oregon where they could be cared for by their daughter. Despite suffering from Alzheimer's, Patty maintained her sense of fun and enthusiasm for life, endearing herself to those around her even more.

Before leaving this world, Patty equipped her daughters with several important 'rules to live by.' They learned that behind every practical authoritative mom is a soft pushover ("Fine, you can bring that stray animal in, but we're not going to keep it," said before every lifelong pet they ever had); never pass up an opportunity to stock up on a bargain ("If one is good, six are better!"); always have a fire robe in the closet ("If the house catches on fire, you want to look good running out"); and, the ever important, "Ziploc bags can be used for everything!" But most importantly, she taught them compassion, frequently reminding them that difficult people are "more to be pitied than censured."

Patty is survived by her husband, Tom; three daughters: Anne State of San Diego, Laura Bonin (Mark) of Torrance, CA, and Leigh State of Portland, OR; and her brother, Peter McCabe (Marilyn) of Rockville, MD. Donations in her honor can be made to The . Please sign the guest book at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze on Jan. 17, 2016
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