Patricia Louise Bumgarner

12/19/1931 — 01/01/2022

From Richland, WA | Born in Sharon Springs, KS

Celebration of Life

Fri, January 7, 2022, 10:00 am
Einan’s At Sunset Funeral Home
915 Bypass Highway Bldg. H Richland, WA 99352

Patricia Louise Bumgarner

Patricia Louise Bumgarner went to be with her Heavenly Father on January 1, 2022, in Richland, WA. Pat was born on December 19, 1931, in Sharon Springs, KS. Her family later moved to North Platt, Nebraska and then made the long trek to Lomita, CA for her father’s job at a WWII shipyard. Eventually her family settled in Kennewick, WA for Pat’s teenage years. Pat attended Prairie Bible Institute in Alberta Canada, as well as Kennewick High School. She later graduated from Pasco High School in 1949. Pat then went on to take Bookkeeping courses at Modern Business College in Kennewick, WA.

Pat met her Husband, Kirby L. Bumgarner on the farm her childhood family leased and where Kirby was employed for a brief time bailing hay and milking cows; they married on November 19, 1950. Pat is survived by her Husband Kirby, and sons, Gene, Rick (Laura) and Gary (Jan) Bumgarner, Brother Jimmy Knapp and sisters Dede Gregg & Creta Dasinger; her grandchildren Bryan (Rhonda) Chapple, Tara Bumgarner, Amber (Greg) Vance, Matthew, and Michelle Bumgarner and great grandchildren, Dorian, Averi, Adaline, Kyla, Emma and Coralee.

Pat is preceded in death by her mother, Helen Knapp, Father Archie Knapp, and Brother Larry Knapp.

Pat began work as a waitress at the Coffee Cup Café in 1949 before taking time off to raise her three sons. In 1966 she returned to work as a Bookkeeper for Bank of Richland, Receptionist for YMCA, Clerk for Atlantic Richfield Hanford, Rockwell Hanford, and Westinghouse Hanford for many years before retiring and traveling the United States, Canada, and Europe with Kirby. Pat and Kirby enjoyed sports and traveled to Seattle often having season tickets to the Seahawks and Mariner’s games. On occasion, they would travel to California to attend San Francisco 49er games. Pat and Kirby also held season tickets to the Tri-City Americans for many years.

Pat enjoyed camping, watching westerns, completing crossword puzzles, and reading romance novels. She hosted many family gatherings and meals and loved having her family together for Sunday meals on a regular basis.

Pat was a wonderful and loving Wife, Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother. Pat will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved her. We rest in knowing she is reunited with her parents and loved ones.

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  • I worked at Guardian Angels for a most 3 years and I took care of PST many times and met her amazing and supportive husband Kirby many times as well. Pat was funny, she was loyal and patient and so very loving. There will never be another one like Pat. I am so blessed to have got to meet and take care of Pat and to have great talks and become friends and feel like family with Pat and Kirby. RIP Pat…. you are an angel now watching your family from up above and your Kirby too.

    Billie Mosley
    January 9, 2022
    Kennewick, Washington
  • I met Pat while working at ‘Purchasing and Stores’ when I was merely 18 years old. Pat befriended me and she and Kirby were always so very kind. I have often thought of those years with fondness and was happy to see Pat lived a happy and long life.

    January 8, 2022
  • I met Pat and Kirby when I became Barbara (and baby Bryan Chapple’s roommate in 1980. They were always such nice and fun people to be around, and it was wonderful to see them with Bryan. Pat always had a smile and a hug for me whenever I saw her, even years and years later, and I was always left happier for having seen her.

    Mickie Chamness
    January 7, 2022
    Richland, WA
  • So sorry for your loss, Kirby, Gene, Rick and Gary. I was one of many neighborhood kids down the block on Haupt Street during the late 60’s-early 80’s. I remember the pool table in your basement; the football games in your backyard; the paper routes; and even riding with your family in the ski boat! I remember your dad was a firefighter out at Hanford…I think I remember hearing that Gary followed in his dad’s career path in the Hanford Fire Dept. (I also had a career in the Fire Dept. retiring after 25 years as a medic-firefighter for Snohomish County Fire District 7.)
    I remember your mom’s presence and I can vaguely recall her laughing at something that one of you had said….but, I don’t recall what it was. As I look back at those wonderful years on Haupt, I am so grateful to parents like your mom and dad for providing stability and friendship as role models for kids like me growing up. Thank you.

    Kevin Ryan
    January 5, 2022
    Mill Creek, Wa.
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