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Patsy Lorene “Pat” Eidson, 73, of Baker City died April 16, 2006.
Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Pastor Jack Bynum of the United Methodist Church will officiate. Vault interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Visitations will be until 7 o’clock tonight and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon at the funeral home.
Patsy was born on Nov. 2, 1932, at New Bridge to Tracy and Fluvia Fuller Eidson. She was a descendant of Mayflower immigrants. She was a 1950 Baker High School graduate.
She received her registered nurse degree from Good Samaritan Hospital at Portland in 1953 and her bachelor’s degree from Linfield College at McMinnville in 1980. She was especially proud of her trek back to college to obtain her bachelor’s degree.
Patsy had a long and successful career as a nurse in hospitals. She worked in several trauma hospitals, becoming expert in emergency medical care. Patsy attained the position of head nurse in the medical wing of Northwest Hospital at Seattle, Wash.
She remained in that high-stress position for quite a number of years. Patsy returned to Oregon to pursue her passion, which was geriatric nursing. She accepted a position at Rose Villa in Milwaukee, a home for the elderly, which provided full living, medical and health facilities.
Upon her return to Baker City, she gave care and comfort to many area residents as a home care nurse for Baker County. She retired in 1994.
She was an excellent shot with her rifle and more often than not, successful in her hunt for buck deer. She dearly loved fly-fishing and tying her own flies. She was completely at home, fly rod in hand, hopping from rock to rock on East Eagle.
Dementia robbed her of the opportunity to practice her favorite hobby in retirement, but she was ever positive about her situation. She never lost her bright smile, quick wit or sense of humor.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Meadowbrook for the care they gave Patsy the last three years.
Survivors include her sister, Colleen Wallace and her husband, Michael, of Fullerton, Calif.; her brothers, Jim Eidson, and his wife, Lore, of Baker City and Tom Eidson and his wife, Kathy, of Houston; her nieces, Kim Sharman of Los Angeles and Stacey Olliff and her daughter, Michelle, of Boca Raton, Fla.; nephews, Barton Eidson, and his wife, Christie, of Puyallup, Wash., James Eidson of Burlington, Wash., and Brent Eidson of Houston; and Janet Shepardson, her best friend and faithful caregiver.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Mary Emily Eidson.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, April 21, 2006
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor