Patty Joann Crosby
Crosby, Patty Joann
December 6, 1946 - December 13, 2009
Patty Crosby, 63, of Tustin passed away after a long illness at her vacation home in La Quinta. Her delightful personality and good looks made her one of the most admired figures in the Orange County legal community. In 1983, Patty married prominent lawyer Thomas F. Crosby who was soon appointed Judge of the Superior Court by Governor Brown and then elevated shortly thereafter to Justice of the Fourth District Court of Appeal.
Patty's remarkable social skills were an invaluable aid to Tom. She dealt with people from every strata of society with the same grace and easy humor. Whether it was attending dinner with a Governor or speaking with a homeless person outside the grocery store, Patty was equally comfortable. One long time friend commented, "She was totally unpretentious. She wasn't overly impressed by power and didn't look down on the less fortunate. She had the knack of making every person feel that she genuinely enjoyed talking with them." Her sparkling smile and wry humor brightened up many otherwise stuffy environments. Tom, widely recognized as one of the most clever and original legal minds in California, was always an influential figure at conferences of Appellate Justices. After the first conference Tom and Patty attended, Tom only half jokingly lamented that he was referred to as "Justice Crosby" for only the first day. By the second day of dinners and cocktail parties, Tom, a man of no small ego, was often introduced as "Patty's husband."
Patty was born in Springfield, Missouri and grew up in Garden Grove. Her husband Tom passed away in 2004. Patty is survived by her daughter Teria Erwig of Laguna Beach, her granddaughter Ashlie Ballard and her two great grandchildren Will and Wade Ballard of Payson, Utah, her stepsons Scott Crosby and Brett Crosby of San Francisco, and her brothers Danny and Robert Wilhite.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Susan Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

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Published by Los Angeles Times on Jan. 10, 2010.
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In honor of the "savor" and the "joy" ...thank you Patty for the lessons on how to live.
Wendy Boyer
January 14, 2010
She had that "star quality." No one that met her ever forgot her.
J. C.
January 14, 2010
Patty was so loved by the Boyer clan. I know tha Max & Lois welcomed her with open arms. Patty was funny, kind and a beautiful person inside and out!I shared some great moments with Patty even toward the end we sat and laughed about the silliest things, i.e she was always trying to marry off Geno to her latest caregiver.I will miss her and our special times together.
Linda Boyer
January 14, 2010
I will always remember Patty's giggle and infectious smile. She was a very special person and an inspiration to all. Gone but not forgotten and now celebrating her reunion with Tom.
Sharon Strople
January 12, 2010
You will be greatly missed, Patty.
Brett Crosby
January 12, 2010
We were best friends for over 40 years -- something I'll always cherish. Patty's legacy is her loyalty to friends and family, her compassion for the underdog and the ability to make everyone she came in contact with feel special. I will try to live up to that specialness in her name.
Sandy Brisbin
January 11, 2010
Patty was my sister-in-law and gave me my wonderful niece, Teria. She was a great person. She was good to all of us. My kids always talk about Aunt Patty and will miss her too. She was certainly a fighter against that ugly monster cancer.
Jane Boatman
January 11, 2010
Patty was such a kind and thoughtful woman. I will miss her and her smiling face so much.
Julie Crosby
January 11, 2010
Patty, I will miss you so much...I'm glad to have had your friendship...who else would send me a black rose on my 40th birthday.?
kelly beeson
January 10, 2010
So long, good friend. What would I ever have done without you?
Richard Bonner
January 10, 2010
My Mom was a wonderful inspiration to me and so many others. There aren't words to describe the happiness she could bring to every day.
Teria Marshall
January 10, 2010
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