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Patricia Margaret Woods

Patricia Margaret Woods passed away at her home in Portland, Oregon on December 22, 2014. She was 98 years old.
Born on November 25, 1916 in Linwood, Nebraska, Pat was the oldest of three children (Frances and Jack) of Ernie and Gladys Haughn. Raised in Linwood and Fremont, she was proud of her family's railroad heritage.
She worked during high school, and later as a bookkeeper, then headed by train to Los Angeles during WWII. She had happy memories of working in the florist's shop of the Ambassador Hotel, where she enjoyed many of the bands that performed in the hotel's Coconut Grove nightclub.
On a trip from Fremont to Los Angeles, she stopped in Colorado Springs. On her last day in town, friends introduced her to a dashing young man from Massachusetts, who was working on a pipeline. He rode with her as she left on the train until she promised to keep in very close touch. On September 23, 1944, she married Thomas Sylvester Woods in Los Angeles, and they were together until his death 52 years later.
Pat and Tom had two children, Carol Marie and Thomas Michael. They settled in Redondo Beach, California, where they raised their children. Pat was very active in her children's lives, serving as a Girl Scout leader, PTA president and purveyor of chili dogs during Little League games.
After Tom retired in the late 1960's, they bought a house in Portland, Oregon, where Michael and Carol and her husband, Bill Fisher, were living. They divided their time between Portland and Redondo until Tom's death in 1996, and for many years she continued to spend parts of each year in Redondo, traveling between Los Angeles and Portland on her favorite train, the Coast Starlight.
Pat and Tom enjoyed travel. She especially loved the autumn leaves in New England and the spring flowers of Portland. When she turned 90, she accepted a long-standing invitation to visit France with Carol and Bill, and loved it so much that she returned when she was 92.
Pat was a lifelong Frank Sinatra fan; she loved rainbows and hummingbirds; violets were her favorite flowers. She wrote thousands of letters, pressed thousands of flowers, and was always eager to make a little stuffed animal or sock monkey doll for each new baby born into her wide circle of friends. She never lost her ability to laugh, to make new friends, to see whimsically familiar shapes in clouds and odd chunks of bread.
She is survived by her brother and his wife and family, her daughter and son-in-law, her son and family, including her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and many others who she considered family and who felt the same in return.
Celebrations of her life will take place in various locations in the coming months. Sign the guestbook at dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze on Jan. 11, 2015
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