Life Story / Obituary
Patricia A. Jeffries, 84 years of age, of Traverse City, MI., passed away peacefully at the Munson Hospice House on Wed. night at 10:17pm. She was held by her daughters as she crossed over.
Pat was born March 11, 1938 in Riverside, CA,. the daughter of Albert E, Minnis and Elizabeth J. Reeves, later remarried taking the name Askam. She was the lone surviving sibling to Barbara Lindner of CA..
After graduating Pacific High School in San Bernardino, CA in 1956, she met a handsome sailor named Harold S. Jeffries, and they were later married in Las Vegas, NV. on March 15th, 1958. Together, they raised their 2 daughters: Michell R. Clishe, married to Gerald Clishe, and their four sons, Curtis, Aaron, Bryan and Nate, and daughter Shannon Jeffries, married to Cathy McGoff, and their two sons, Oliver and Maddoc, and Great-Grandmother to Kaylee and Carter.
She is survived by all.
She worked for 20 years as an underwriter, and later as the Agent's assistant at Ohio Casualties Insurance in Riverside CA. making many close friendships along the way.
Patricia was known for her quick wit and warm smile. She could charm anyone with her humor, and everyone who knew her would tell you that they loved her for it, and enjoyed her company more than anything. Even in her final days, as she struggled for breathe, she was busy charming the hospice nurses any way she could manage.
Patricia loved home. She took painstaking efforts to make home a special place, a warm and inviting place that you always looked forward to returning to. Whether it was filling the room with scents of the seasons, baking yummy desserts, fluffing every pillow just so, or cooking the comfort foods of home, she was a master. When the holidays came around, she stopped at nothing to make the house even cozier and special for her family, with decorations and thoughtful details that built deep attachments to the wonders of the holidays and the traditions that have been passed on.
In her younger years, she spent endless hours manicuring and planting her yard. She was an avid collector of anything that caught her fancy, whether it was watches, shoes, rolling pins, Kaleidoscopes, dollhouse miniatures, cookie presses, recipes, kitchen utensils, holiday decorations, copper pots, and in general, things that could make the house cozier.
She enjoyed time with friends, lively games of Uno with the Grandchildren, computer games, online shopping, cooking, the beach, tv crime dramas and the change of seasons.
To say the least, we miss her deeply, and the world is a little more somber today without her light. We take comfort in knowing that she has been reunited after 28 days of grief from the separation of her late husband Harold, and that they are together again, surrounded by the many loved ones who have gone before them.
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