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Patricia S. Harcourt


1924 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
November 22, 1924 - October 20, 2015 Patricia Beatrice Silk Harcourt passed away at Dove House Hospice on October 20, 2015 of kidney failure, a month shy of her 91st birthday. She was born in the Bronx, New York on November 22, 1924, and was the oldest of 4 kids to Robert and Anna Wadsworth Silk. She was married to Frederick Lee Harcourt MD for 62 years and she was the fabulous and entertaining mother of 5 kids: Pam (Bob) Darwin, Colleen (Steve) Kienzle, Tracy (Sarita) Harcourt, Denise (Jerry) Romero and Rick. She was the loving grandmother of 10 wonderful grandkids: Brendan, Keegan, Kaden, Konner, Tara, Darby, Garret, Alexis, Zoey, and Bella. Pat grew up in New York and moved to the Washington DC area at age 9. She graduated from Holy Cross Academy. She worked at the State Department and graduated from St. Vincent's Hospital Nursing School in NY City. She became a Registered Nurse certified in both NY and DC. She transferred to Walter Reed Army Hospital for 4 years and then to the Signal Office at Walter Reed. It is here that the beautiful Patricia met the love of her life, Freddie, in May 1953. They had a whirlwind romance and were married 6 weeks later in the Walter Reed Army Chapel on June 28, 1953. Her life with Fred was never dull or boring. After a honeymoon drive cross country to Washington State, Fred shipped out to a MASH Unit in Korea and Pat returned to her job in DC. Fred then transferred to Yokohama, Japan where Pat followed him 8 months pregnant with their first child in May 1954. They returned stateside in 1955 and relocated to Whittier, California where they made their lifelong home and had 4 more kids. She and Fred travelled around the world extensively, while also making annual trips with the family to Mexico, Canada, their June Lake home in the Sierras and their place on the Colorado River in Lake Havasu, Arizona. She followed Fred with his pilot's license in his private planes flying to almost every state in our Nation, many more than once! Pat kept busy not only as a doctor's wife and busy mother and keeper of a menagerie of family pets, but she also had many other roles. She was PTA president numerous times, President of National Charity League, Cub Scout Leader, St Mary's Altar Society, Fundraising and CCD programs. She was historian for the Lions Club and a member of Presbyterian's Hospital Doctor's Wives Club and the Whittier Junior Woman's Club. She went back to college at the age of 50 where she earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in History at Cal State Fullerton. Pat loved family, friends, Church, Notre Dame and the Navy. She was a loving, generous woman with a wonderful sense of humor and quick wit. Memorial Services will be held on Nov. 23 at 11:15 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Whittier. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to Dove House Hospice in Whittier or to your .
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Nov. 3 to Nov. 8, 2015
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