Patricia Ann Williams
Born in Quincy, Ill. to Robert and Anna Mae Moeller on Jan. 2 1933, Pat passed away Aug. 23, 2013 at her home with her loving family by her side after a short battle with cancer.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Robert; and her husband of 46 years, Phillip Williams, Sr.
Patricia came to the West Los Angeles area as a toddler and later lived in Sherman Oaks. She graduated from Van Nuys High School and completed her studies at UCLA earning a teaching degree in Physical Education. Teaching in Arvin she met the love of her life Phil in 1959 and was married a year later.
Phil and Pat made their first home in Sal Luis Obispo. They moved their family from San Luis Obispo to Bishop in 1965 after Phil received a job transfer from the Division of Highways (Caltrans). They loved the Owens Valley and over the next 48 or so years, called Bishop their home.
Pat was a physical education teacher at both Home Street School and at Bishop Union High School. Phil and Pat owned two businesses in Bishop: Town and Country Hobbies and Rowe’s Electric which they ran for 22 years. Pat was known by many in the community as “The Maytag Lady.” She was a member of many service organizations in Bishop. She was one of the very first members of The League of Women Voters back when they were “members at large” prior to creating the charter for LWV and was with them until they dissolved a few years ago. Pat was also a member of the Mt. Whitney Chapter of Eastern Star. She held appointed offices with them for more than 25 years. Her Masonic life began years before that when she was a Job’s Daughter in Southern California as a teenager. She was also active for years in the B.P.O.E. #1603 (Elks) and was a member of the Elk’s “Lady Bills.”
Pat was a beloved mother and friend who enjoyed exploring all the outdoor opportunities the valley had to offer with her children and their friends. She loved spending quality time in her garden and was often found working among her flowers. One of Pat’s greatest loves was the game of Bridge which she played as often as she could. Pat also found great joy in her last years traveling and vacationing with her daughter, Paula. Whether she was in the United States or traveling abroad, life was always a great adventure.
Pat is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Phillip Williams, Jr. and Bonnie Kelley; her daughter, Pamela McCoy; daughter and son-in-law, Paula Williams and Keith Gill; grandchildren, Stephanie, Christopher and Erin McCoy; and her faithful canine companion Devlin.
There will be no funeral services as per Patricia’s wishes.
Donations in Patricia’s memory may be made to Hospice of the Owens Valley, 162 E. Line St., Bishop, CA 93514 or to a charity of one’s choice.