James and Marjorie, children of Patricia (Pat) Watt, wish to announce the peaceful and gentle passing of their mother early Monday morning, February 20, 2006 at Baker Lodge, Quesnel, B.C.
Pat was born the youngest of four children in Calgary, Alberta, on April 26, 1912, and lived most of her young life in rural Manitoba. She met her husband James, (Jim) in Rennie, Manitoba where she was teaching. They were married August 16, 1941, and moved to Quesnel in 1946 where Jim’s sister and brother-in-law, Gertrude and Alex Fraser were living.
Before her children were born, Pat taught grades one through eight in a small school on the site where Riverview School now stands. Pat left teaching for a few years to raise her two children. Son, James Darwin, was born in 1949, followed by daughter, Marjorie, in 1953. She returned to teaching in the mid-sixties, and retired from Baker School in 1977. She loved her career and her students throughout her life, and she always believed that teaching had been a gift and a privilege.
Pat and Jim retired to Vernon in 1981, and then to White Rock in 1986. Jim passed away in June of 1990 in White Rock, and Pat remained in their home until she went into care in 1996. She returned to Quesnel in May of 2000, first to Maple House at Dunrovin, and finally to Baker Lodge where she lived her final years in the wonderful care of the many workers there who treated her with the utmost compassion and dignity, as did her doctor, Dr. Andrew Sear.
Pat was a charter member of the Quesnel Ladies’ Royal Purple Lodge, and was the very first Honoured Royal Lady of the Lodge. She was a founding director of the Fraser Village Society, and she was an enthusiastic member of the St. Andrew’s United Church choir.
Pat loved her children and grandchildren unconditionally. She loved her nieces and her nephews, and their children. She loved the children she taught, and she loved all of the other children she knew. She also loved animals. Dogs and cats were integral to the Watt household. Long before there was an SPCA in Quesnel, Pat ran a cat shelter/adoption centre out of her classroom at Baker School. When she couldn’t find a suitable home for cats or kittens, she adopted them herself. Pat was famous among her friends and family for looking at the world through “rose-coloured glasses.” She was also notorious for her “sweet tooth,” which perhaps was symbolic of her personality. She was sweet, and gentle, and caring her whole life.
Pat was predeceased by her husband Jim, sisters Annie Laurie and Genevieve, and brother Jim, as well as sister-in-law Gertrude Fraser. She will be missed by her children, James (Maryanne) of Richmond, and Marjorie of Quesnel; grandchildren, Simon and Stewart (Richmond); nephews Ed Watt (Bev) of Red Deer, Alberta and James Finkbeiner (Ruby) of North Vancouver; nieces Nancy Rockwell (Lyle) of Winfield, Cathy Pearce (Dave) of North Vancouver, and Bonnie Gavin of 150 Mile House; and many grand nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held in her honour on Saturday, March 4, 2006 at the Anglican Church in Quesnel at 2:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Quesnel SPCA or the Quesnel Residential Care Society.