Pat Furlong died January 31, 2018 at her daughter’s home in Tigard, Oregon.
Born Patsy Jo Irby on Christmas Day 1935 in Conway, Arkansas, the third child of Oliver Wilson Irby and Nellie Marie Moore, both of Conway. Pat (she hated Patsy) led an unusual life. Oliver died in an industrial accident before she was 5 and Nellie subsequently moved the family to California where Pat acquired 4 more siblings for a total of 7 children. Pat enlisted in the Marine Corps after high school where she met and married the father of her only child. After the Marines, Pat moved to Pennsylvania, then Las Vegas, where she met and married (a couple of times) the love of her life, Richard (Dick) Thurmond. She then fell in love with Oregon and struck out on her own to live at various times in Tigard, Hillsboro, Lincoln City and Portland. Pat worked a variety of positions including stints as a cashier in casinos in Las Vegas and Lincoln City. Pat loved gardening, painting, cooking, and cats, spending the happiest days of her life in the little pink house across from the fire station in Lincoln City. Pat is survived by daughter, Debbie (Furlong) Dixon-Smith, her “DIL” Brenda Dixon-Smith; stepsons Les and Gary Thurmond; grandchildren Tiffany Dixon Gravelle (husband David Gravelle) and David Dixon of OR; Heather Smith Jobe (husband Mark Jobe) of Goldendale, WA, Ian, Colleen and Jennifer Smith of Los Angeles; great grandchildren Meagan, Quentin and Timothy Gravelle of Eugene, OR, Jonathan O’Brien of Hillsboro, OR and the USMC, Dawson Dixon of Portland, OR and Alexander Morris of Springfield, OR; and Madison, Addison and Logan Jobe of Goldendale. She is also survived by: siblings Martha Goodman of Hesperia, CA, Lo Ella Walker of Texas, Jerry Kersey of Kalispell, Montana and Deborah Harding Antonelli of Maui, Hawaii and lots of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Linda Kersey Cutting of Grand Junction, OR and brother Garry Kersey of Las Vegas. Pat loved camping and treks to the zoo with various combinations of all those grandchildren and great grandchildren. Pat spent the last 3 years of her life at Marshall Union Manor in Portland and developed many new friends and learned a new skill, teaching English. She will be missed. Ashes will be scattered in a private ceremony. Donations can be made to the Oregon Humane Society.
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