Clearwater Tribune, May 16, 2013

Patricia May Goedde, 78, Orofino

      Patricia May Goedde lost her valiant battle with COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) and lung cancer Monday May 6, 2013 at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino. Pat was born May 14, 1936 in Orofino, as the tenth child of Dessie Geneva (Kerns) Roy and Fred Glenn Roy. Growing up on the family farm on Upper Fords Creek were some of the happiest times in Pat's life. She always said she got to do lots of "fun things" because older siblings wanted to do stuff and to keep her from tattling, they would let her tag along.

      After attending the rural Upper Fords Creek grade school, Pat graduated from Orofino High School in 1953. In October of that year, she married Charles Eckermann. Five children resulted in that union, which ended in divorce in 1982. Later that year, she married Floyd Goedde and gained his four children and their families. Her marriage with Floyd ended in divorce in 2008.

      Pat spent the majority of her working career in the food service industry working in local restaurants until the mid 1970's when she went to work in the kitchen at State Hospital North in Orofino. She worked her way up the ranks, until her retirement as the Kitchen Supervisor in 2002.

      When not working Pat enjoyed many hobbies including tole painting, crocheting, beading, ceramics, and flower gardening. She and Floyd also raised Paint horses for many years and she was very proud of her horses at the County Horse Show. As Macular Degeneration stole her eyesight, she had to give up some of the hobbies, but continued with crocheting and some beading. Every family member enjoys the fruit of those efforts with afghans, jewelry, or ceramic decorations. Her flowers, ceramics and crocheting were her pride and joy at the Fair each year as were the many ribbons she won by exhibiting them.

      Pat is survived by her five children, Linda and Gene Applington of Weippe, Susan Reavely of Kennewick WA, Dianna Eckermann, Arthur (Ace) and Trish Eckermann, and Charl (Charlie) Spencer, all of Orofino, ID. In addition she is survived by her grandchildren Don and Brandy Denison, Travis and Renee Denison, Jamie and Theresa Applington, Lorian and Eddie Enriquez, Sarita Reavely, Amanda Bell, Jesse and Kate Edwardsen, Jasper Spencer, Brandon and Nicole Barnett , and Kenneth Cook, and 10 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brothers, Carl and Rose Roy and Larry and Donna Roy of Orofino and Lewis and Francis Roy of Roseburg, OR and sister, Otha Joens of Mobridge, SD. Many nieces and nephews survive Pat, along with her faithful companion and best buddy, Doodles.

      Pat was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers Hermott, Stanley, and Jerry (died at infancy) Roy and her sisters Mildred Bagley, Elma Bringman, and Berniece Cooper.

      Please come share with us at a covered potluck dinner celebrating Pat's life on Saturday June 1, 2013 at noon at the Senior Citizen Building, 930 Michigan Ave., Orofino.

      In lieu of flowers please feel free to make a donation to the Idaho Commission for the Blind or charity of your choice in Pat's memory.

Transcribed by Michal Berreth-Beck, 2014

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