Patricia Gonzalves (1922 - 2018)

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Patricia J. (Edminster) Gonzalves
March 17, 1922 - January 21, 2018
Patricia Jane (Edminster) Gonzalves, was born to John L. Edminster and Marian Francis (Bennet) Edminster in Stevinson, California on the home ranch. She was one of 9 children; Bert, Deedie, Johnny, Oscar, Dona, Bob, Nancy, Sally, and herself. The family farmed row crops and had a dairy for decades in the small town of Stevinson. Edminster Road is named after her family. Patricia was raised during some of the toughest times the United States has known. Her tough, yet gentle spirit were a product of the great depression and a world war that she and her family lived and flourished through. During her young years her father took the family to the Harquahala Valley in Arizona where they homesteaded over 360 acres of rough desert lands, that today is some of the finest farm ground in Arizona. There in Arizona the family built a small home where she spent the winter and spring months. Patricia married John L. Gonzalves in 1940 and had 5 children; Dolores, Linda, Diane, David and Daniel. After the tragic passing of her husband John at the young age of 48, she raised all 5 children on her own. Patricia drove the school bus for Hopeton and Washington schools for over 26 years in the Merced River area. We know she touched hundreds of young lives that will remember her throughout their lives. Patricia had a passion for oil painting in her retirement and her paintings hang in every child and grandchild's home today. Patricia traveled extensively in her retirement and covered nearly every state of our great nation. She also loved to bowl and played in leagues in Atwater and Arizona for many years. She had a "mean hook".
She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Marian Edminster, her husband, John Gonzalves, her sons, Daniel Gonzalves and David Gonzalves.
She is survived by her daughters Dolores, Linda and Diane as well as numerous grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
She will be missed by us all…. We will see you in heaven where we know you will be by the lord's side.
Private services were on January 31, 2018 in Merced and burial services were held at Winton Cemetery.
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Published in Merced Sun Star on Feb. 3, 2018