December 19, 1928 - June 28, 2014

Pat Parker - 1947 - Sr. Portrait

In the presence of her family, Pat passed away on Sunday, June 29, 2014, knowing she was loved and valued as a wife, mother, aunt, sis{mach}ter and grandmother. She was born at home in Deer Lodge, MT in 1928 to Joseph and Ora Parker and moved to Richland in 1944.

She was the only daughter and the third of their four children. Pat had fond memories of the many years she spent with her extended family at the Ranch House in Haugan, MT prior to moving to Coeur d'Alene, ID and then to Richland after Joe gained employment on the Manhattan Project at Hanford with the onset of WWII.

Pat was a strong, independent woman who will be remembered for her outspoken values, dedication, and artistic talent. Pat's love for art provided her with the ability to share her gift with family, friends and her community, whether it was drawing, painting, pottery, sewing, stained glass, woodworking, knitting, dried wild flowers, macrame', stitchery, calligraphy, baking, or home remodeling.

Upon her request, she wanted to extend her love and appreciation to her friends here and gone from Richland's Columbia High, Eastern Washington College, the island of Lanai, Club 40, the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts of Bellevue, Ardmore Garden Club, Newport Facility Wives, Yuma, AZ snowbirds, the Ladies of the Lake at Sacheen, and to her dearest friends, Nina Barlow and Edith Hersey.

During her high school years, she played on Richland's Girls Recreation soft ball and basketball teams, and although less than 5 feet tall, both teams won state championships with her contributions as Rainbow Station's second baseman (front row, #1) and the basketball team's point guard.

She graduated in 1947 from Richland's Columbia High and in 1951 from Eastern Washington College, majoring in Elementary Education. Afterwards, she taught at Ilwaco, Santa Maria, and the Island of Lanai prior to marrying Kennewick native, William S. Green, Jr.

Pat continued to teach in Warden, Issaquah, and Kirkland. Their three children came quickly and Pat dedicated her time making lasting memories by supporting her husband and children's activities at home, spending summers at Ocean Shores and Lake Sacheen, camping at Salmon La Sac, volunteering with the Girl and Boy Scouts, participating in Garden Club and Facility Wives, and vending her pottery ("Pat's Pots") at street fairs. She sewed school clothes for her children and grandchildren and made all her own draperies. Pat's family savored her blackberry pies, cinnamon rolls, dinner rolls, and other delicious desserts.

In retirement, Pat and Bill snowbirded to Yuma and enjoyed summers at their lake home in eastern Washington. Pat loved antiques and shared her hobby of collecting them with her Aunt Jean Thompson, who was 4 months her senior.

In 2007, Pat and Bill returned to the Tri-Cities to live and assist with her mother until her passing. They remained in her mother's home with Miss Kitty Kat.

Pat was survived by her husband Bill; her children: Pam Arborgreen, Kirk (Shannon) Green, and Nancy (Ken) Copeland; grandchildren: Mariah, Sadie, Amanda (Alex), Chandler, Alaina, and Sean; foster granddaughter, Crystal; great grandchildren: Callie and Dylan; foster great grandchildren: Matthew and Tyler; brothers: Jim (Pat) and Don (Joyce); and special cousin, Chuck (Wanda) Parker; nephews and nieces: Andy (Mary), Jeff (Lisa), Dave, Scott, Sue, Diana, Mary Ellen (John), Shelley, and all of their children and grandchildren. Pat had 36 first cousins and was very fond of her extended Parker family; she attended all of the family reunions.

There will be a memorial ceremony for family and close friends in DeBorgia at the end of July. Upon her request, in lieu of flowers or gifts, please consider donations in her name to the Hospice at the Chaplaincy in Richland or any charity of your choice.

There will be a memorial for Patty July 24, 2014, at McDonald's on Kennewick Avenue and Hwy 395 at 9 am. Pat belonged to a coffee group which meets at that location and wanted everyone to enjoy themselves.

Published in the Tri-City Herald on July 13, 2014.

Life Tributes Cremation Center, Kennewick, is in charge of arrangements. Pat's cremains will be inurned in DeBorgia, MT at a small, wooded cemetery next to plots of her immediate family. Guest Book opened till 8/22/14.