Norma May ‘Pat’ Warfield

Pat passed away peacefully at home on Nov. 2, 2017, surrounded by the love of her family and friends. She was a truly loving, caring, curious, strong woman. She was deeply loved, and will be deeply missed.

Pat was born in Powell, Wyoming, on Aug. 13, 1926. Her parents, James Howard Patrick and Irma Nordquist Patrick, lived in Cody, Wyoming, but Pat was born in Powell “because it had the hospital.” Her father worked for the Burlington Railway, and her mother taught school. The family was joined by James “Jim” Patrick, Pat’s brother, born in 1928.

Pat’s father passed away at a young age, and Irma faced the task of raising her two children on her own. The family moved around the western and midwestern states, and also lived on Irma’s uncle’s guest ranch, the L-T, in northwestern Wyoming. It was here that Pat met the love of her life, Bill Warfield, whose family would travel to the L-T for vacation from Chicago. While Bill served in the US Navy during World War II, he and Pat maintained a steady correspondence.

Pat attended the University of Minnesota, and received her degree in psychology in 1948. On June 30, 1948, Pat and Bill were married in Cody. They honeymooned by climbing Long’s Peak in Colorado.

Pat and Bill spent the first couple of years of married life in Arizona, working for Bill’s aunt and uncle, Kit and Buel Hutchinson. The Hutchinsons ran a boarding school ranch for boys called “The Little Outfit,” and the newlywed Warfields helped out by teaching the boys.

In the early 1950s, Bill’s brother Jim, a rancher in Montana, talked Pat and Bill into moving to Paradise Valley, Montana to join him on the ranch.  They lived with Jim for a couple of years until they purchased their own ranch, just five miles down Mill Creek. For the next 55 years (or so,) Pat and Bill worked their ranch raising Hereford cattle, and their family grew up alongside Jim and Marge Warfield’s children.

Pat was a true team player on the ranch, keeping everyone fed, clean, and civilized.Family dinners were often accompanied by the sounds of a Broadway soundtrack.

Pat served several terms on the school board. She felt very strongly about education for all. Pat also worked for the US Census Bureau as an enumerator, a job that took her all over Montana, and to such far-flung places as the Navajo lands of Arizona and Bed-Stuyvesant in New York. She enjoyed her work with the Census Bureau, as it gave her the opportunity to meet many different people.

Pat and Bill enjoyed many trips over the years, including visiting all fifty states, traveling Europe, and cruising the Amazon River.

In the early 2000s, Pat and Bill sold the ranch and moved to Aspen Pointe in Bozeman. They enjoyed the retired life in Bozeman, and Pat took up new activities, such as volunteering for the local Hospice association, and at the local library. She also played a lot of Bridge.

It is perhaps impossible to express just how much Pat loved playing Bridge. She not only played Bridge on a regular basis: she attended Bridge camp, she went on Bridge cruises, and even towards the end of her life, when macular degeneration had robbed her of most of her sight, she continued to play with her dear friends, who would help her out. Bridge kept her mind nimble, and she loved the challenge.

Pat was a voracious reader. She helped children and grandchildren alike discover the joy of reading, and she enjoyed her “Talking Book” reading device later in life.

In 2007, Bill passed away peacefully in Bozeman. In 2012, Pat decided to move to Seattle, where she moved into University House, in the Wallingford neighborhood. She continued to play Bridge, and to enjoy all the activities there. She made many new dear friends at University House.

Pat is survived by her four children Bill and his spouse Claudia in Livingston and Apache Junction, Arizona; Chris, in Colorado Springs, Colorado; Pack and his spouse Susan, in Napa, California; and Kit and her spouse Nancy, in Seattle, Washington. She is also survived by her seven granddaughters and their families, Kaycee Fraizer (spouse Paul and daughter Lotus), Holle Sichelstiel (spouse Chad and children Sawyor, Jackson, and Alice), Hannah Mullen (spouse Chase), Teresa Clovicko (partner Jason Metzler), Naomi Warfield, Sheryl Warfield, and Melanie Agler (spouse Ryan and sons Riley and Graidy). Pat is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews, in-laws, and many dear friends.

A lifelong Episcopalian, Pat firmly believed in the importance of respect for all people, no matter what their beliefs. She believed in charity and good works for all.

The family requests in lieu of flowers, please consider honoring Pat with a donation to Make-a-Wish Foundation, Food Lifeline, Washington Talking Book and Braille Library, Stafford Animal Shelter of Livingston or your favorite charity.

There will be celebrations of Pat’s life in Seattle this fall, and in Montana in the summer of 2018.
 

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