La Grande, Oregon
Edith Patricia Pridgen, 82, of La Grande, died Aug. 17 at her home. A full obituary will be available later. Loveland Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

The Observer – August 20, 2008

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Edith Patricia “Pat” Pridgen, 82, of La Grande, died Aug. 17 at her home. A graveside service begins at 10 a.m. Monday at the Island City Cemetery. A reception will follow at the Island City City Hall.

Pat was born Jan. 12, 1926, to William Albert and Jesse Farrell Smith in Baker City. She was educated in Baker City and graduated from Baker City High School.

She attended Eastern Oregon State College where she obtained her bachelor of arts degree in 1966 and her master’s degree in 1969. She was a member of the Epsilon Sigma Alpha Sorority. Pat had earned her credits for her master’s degree plus 45 more credits.

She married Vern Pridgen in October 1945. She was a kindergarten teacher at Riveria and Central schools.

She loved playing golf, reading, doing crossword puzzles and spending time with her grandkids.

Pat also loved to dance, and her group used to perform at various venues. She collected figurines, mostly clowns.

She is survived by her husband, Vern; son, Patrick and his wife, Cindy; two grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Pat was preceded in death by her brothers, Albert, Charles, Mark and Wilbur; and her sister, Harriet.

The Observer – August 22,2008