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Patsy Nelson, “Pat”
10/15/1941 — 07/21/2020
From Pasco, WA | Born in Prosser, WA
Benton City, WA
Patsy Nelson, “Pat”
Patsy D. Nelson, “Pat”, 78, of Pasco, WA passed away at home on July 21 2020 after a brief struggle with cancer.
Known as Ella Pat to many friends and family, she grew up in Benton City Washington with her brother’s Alan, Floyd, and Larry. Pat was active in Future Farmers of America, winning awards for her prized sheep. She was the yearbook editor, graduating from Kiona-Benton High School in 1959.
She went on to marry her high school sweetheart, Tom Nelson, who passed away in July of 1968. She later married Robert Dazell and the family relocated to Spokane. Pat was a stay at home mom until entering the workforce in 1978. She lived in Issaquah and Selah before returning to the Tri-Cities in the early 1990s.
She was an avid reader and needle worker. In addition to embroidering countless tablecloths, sheets and pillowcases over the years, she made baby quilts for all 11 of her grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Pat worked in accounting at Tyson Foods for many years while she lived with and took care of her mother, Rachel Davis.
Pat’s retirement from Tyson did not last long as she was not one to sit at home. She went on to work as an in-home caregiver for Senior Life Services until just 4 months before her passing.
She attended Redeemer Lutheran Church of Spokane Valley for many years. When she returned to the Tri-Cities, she worshiped at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Kennewick. She expressed great appreciation for her church family; grateful for the strength they provided during the loss of her daughter, granddaughter and great-granddaughter in August of last year. She called on them again during the last weeks of her life.
Pat resided in the same home for over 10 years. In addition to being a long-time neighbor and friend to many, she enjoyed working alongside the Pasco Police Department as the Neighborhood Watch Captain. She will be greatly missed by her community.
Pat is survived by her children Rachel, Cathy, Jim, Kelly and Eric; grandchildren Tyler, Amber, Kim, Hannah, Rebecca, Amanda, Dylan, Wyatt, Nathan and Emelie; 16 great-grandchildren; her brother Larry, sister-in-law’s Kaye and Jackie; Aunt’s Madge and Iris, many cousins, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her daughter Bobbi; granddaughter Amy; great-granddaughter Matie Rae and brother’s Alan and Floyd.
A graveside service will be held at Evergreen Cemetery in Benton City, WA on Saturday, August 29th at 11:00 am.
Offerings in her honor can be made to the Bethlehem Memorial Fund at 2505 W 27th Ave, Kennewick, WA 99337
My condolences to the family for your loss. I have good memories of Pat from my childhood. Rachel and I were friends at a young age and I still remember going out to Pat’s parents home with them a few times. I thought it was the coolest place with the creek running by and the bluffs above it that we would climb. It was so good to see Pat and Bobby at my mom’s funeral-we had a really good visit . I am so sorry that I will be out of town for her service and unable to attend. Bless you all
Aunt Pat was always ready with a smile and a hug every time I saw her. It was one of the best parts about living in the Tri Cities, running into her ,getting my hug and a quick update on how everyone in the family was doing. She always remembered to ask me how my family was and what we were up to. It made me feel loved and cared about.
She will be greatly missed by me and my family.
You were a great aunt and wI’ll be missed greatly now your home with mom and others . Thank you for the wonderful memories growing up.
Pat was the best neighbor ever. She remembered birthdays with a card and small gift. She will be greatly missed.
Rip a great lady you will be missed love you
Miss you mom.
I came to know Pat as a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Kennewick. She always seemed so upbeat and happy. I will miss her smiling face.
I will miss Pat’s easy smile every Sunday…even when her heart was broken. Such a lovely lady. Rest easy in God’s arms♥️