Patricia Derah Gaddis
January 19, 1929 – 92 years of life – January 5, 2022
Patricia Derah Gaddis was born in a snowstorm on January 19, 1929 in Portland, Oregon to James Drysdale Falconer and Flora (Spence) Falconer. Her father was a Portland Firefighter and Patricia was, in her words, “daddy’s girl” and went to many of the fire stations with him. Her mother was a sweet, always singing, Scottish lady from the Orkney Islands. Patricia was proud of her Scottish heritage.
Patricia went to Ockley Green Grade School and Jefferson High School, graduating in 1947. She loved her time at Jefferson and was active in many of the school’s reunions. After high school, she worked at the telephone company.
After WWII ended, a young soldier returned to the neighborhood and Patricia became smitten. His name was Robert Gaddis. As a beautiful young lady, she soon got his attention. They were married in November 1948 and had a great life together and four children. The family went on classic Americana road trip vacations, often to Colorado to visit lifelong friends Don and Dorothy Cammack. They enjoyed going on breakfast picnics to Lewisville Park in Washington. Patricia and Robert enjoyed dining out, especially Sunday brunches. She enjoyed the finer things in life – Cadillacs, champagne and hot fudge sundaes.
Patricia was a very social lady and was in a number of clubs throughout her life including: The Daughters of the British Empire, The Oregon Symphony Auxiliary, DeMolay Mother’s Club, Glass Collector’s Club, Time Travelers of the Northwest Doll Club, to name a few. She loved antiques and collected dolls, teddy bears, beautiful hats, jewelry, glassware, oriental rugs and fine furniture. She enjoyed coordinating estate sales. Many parties and social gatherings were hosted in the elegant family home of nearly 50 years on North Willamette Boulevard, which was often described as a museum.
Patricia took after her father who was an avid photographer and she almost always had a camera with her. She captured so many of life’s moments on film and she actually put all of the pictures in photo albums – lots of photo albums!
She was a friend to so many – she sent out around 200 Christmas cards for many years! She was also a loving helper and caregiver to many of her older friends in years past. She seemed to care about everyone and all creatures.
In 1996 she and her dear friend Suzanne did a cross-country road trip of a lifetime from Portland to New York City stopping at almost every antique store along their journey to attend the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis auction. Suzanne spent the last 10 or so days by “Patty’s” side and was truly a friend to the end.
Patricia’s husband Robert passed away on Easter Sunday in 2013 and she was never quite the same without him. She missed the Sunday drives and going out to dinner together. Later on she moved out of the family home on Willamette Boulevard into Russellville Retirement community then to Jenny’s House for more care and attention. Her health started declining the last few months and Patricia reaffirmed her faith in God. She left this world on Wednesday, January 5th.
Patricia was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, her parents and her younger brother Bruce and his Hollywood good looks! She is survived by her children Bonnie (Ken), Robert (Irene), James (Mary) and Jon (Gayle) and one grandson, Julian (Robert’s son).
The world is a better place because Patricia Gaddis was part of it – she saw the good in everyone and loved to enjoy collecting the days and putting the moments away with friends and family.
The family is planning a Celebration of mom’s life later in 2022.
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