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Patricia A. Struxness

June 17, 1924 April 23, 2019
Patricia A. Struxness
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“To know her was to love her”

Pat Struxness was born on June 17, 1924 in Portland, Oregon to G. Earl and Lula (Shacklett) Prewett. When she was quite young, she went to live with an aunt and uncle on their farm near Banks, OR. During this time, she also attended and lived at Laurelwood Academy near Gaston. In 1944, Pat moved to McMinnville where she joined the Gordon Carey family as their live-in nanny and went to McMinnville High School, graduating in 1946. Pat then attended Linfield College, where an annoying, but handsome, young man in her English class put his feet up on her chair and when she sat down got her pleated white Pep Club skirt dirty. That young man was Howard Struxness, and she married him.

Howard and Pat made their home in McMinnville, and watched through the years as their small town grew. Their four children kept life busy for Pat. She was active in her children’s Cub Scouts and Brownies troops, AAUW, the JC-ettes, and Trinity Lutheran Church. After volunteering in her children’s classrooms for many years, she was hired in 1969 as a teachers’ aide and later as a library aide at Memorial Grade School, where she was beloved by teachers and young students for nearly twenty years.

Summers were a busy time for Pat and Howard as they took advantage of all that the Valley had to offer, making jam, syrup, and juice, and canning fruits and vegetables. They spent many weekends camping at Scout Lake, Suttle Lake, Neskowin and Pacific City, all places that are held dear in family memories. For Pat, every holiday was cause for a large family dinner celebration. Easter was a favorite of hers, and she leaves all of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren with fond memories of Grandma’s elaborate Easter egg hunts and her wonderful potato salad.

Pat’s love was unconditional; everyone was welcome in her home, and everyone felt understood, special, and loved by her.

For the past two years, Howard and Pat have lived at Marquis Tualatin Assisted Living, where they appreciated the care and attention given them. Together, they celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary on April 22, 2019. Pat passed away peacefully the next morning, with her family telling her how very much she was loved by so very many people.

Pat was predeceased by her parents, her sisters Esther Frick and Dottie McDow, and her son Jeffery Alan (June 29, 2007). She is survived by her loving husband, Howard; her children Greg (Martha), Pam Zadnik, and Ron; her grandchildren Jantina, Jason, Heather, Abigail, Rachel, Beth, Jimmy, Gina, Jamie, nine great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30th at the chapel at Macy & Son Funeral Directors.


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Tuesday

30

Apr

2:00 PM 4/30/2019 2:00:00 PM
Macy & Son Funeral Directors

135 NE Evans Street
McMinnville, OR 97128

Macy & Son Funeral Directors
135 NE Evans Street McMinnville 97128 OR
United States
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