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Patricia Gene Andersen

May 26, 1933 ~ November 17, 2020 (age 87)


Patricia Gene Andersen 87, passed away on Tuesday November 17, 2020 at Crystal Terrace Memory Care in Klamath Falls, Ore. 

Patricia was born in Everett, Washington to Willard and Pansy (Hardy) Andersen on May 26th, 1933. She spent her life growing up in Garretson, South Dakota.  She married Robert B. Andersen from love at first sight and that lasted for 60 years until his death.

Robert joined the Navy and they moved to Virginia.  Later they moved to Klamath Falls, Or., with their newborn infant and then had 2 more children which were raised in Klamath Falls. This made for a time of fun and adventure for all.

Pat enjoyed her loving marriage to Bob with great devotion and hobbies such as bowling which she was successful in winning over 40 bowling pins and trophies.  She was passionate at collecting crystal cruets, elephant figurines.  She was skillful at beading Native American things such as cradle boards, scabbards and a beautiful beaded painting that took 7 years to complete.  Patricia was the backbone of the family since Bob worked nights at Weyerhaeuser Co.  She loved Asian inspired deco and later to rediscover her Native American origins.  She enjoyed hand sewing Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls for gifts and donations. Bob and Pat enjoyed camping with the grandchildren.

Patricia held many jobs in her life.  Her last job for over 25 years was the office manager for Dr. Thomas Klump, a Neuro Surgeon.  She did the work of 3 office personal.  With Robert, Pat also shared her love of the outdoors.  They were avid at camp hosting.  They spent many years performing duties up and down the Oregon coast. 

When Robert became ill with a lengthy illness, Pat insisted that she care for him by herself. When Robert passed away she handled her great loss with dignity and grace, however her heart was broken and that started the decline of her health.

Patricia’s last years were spent with her trusted dog.  She loved watching birds in her back yard while sitting in her living room chair, reading and hugging her many great grandchildren, with every chance she got. She was passionate about gardening and looked forward to spring every year.

Patricia Andersen has left a significant donation to the Klamath Humane society and to Saint Jude’s Children’s Hospital.  She did this as a lasting gift of love for animals and children. 

Pat is survived by her 3 children William B. Andersen, Thomas O. Andersen, Carrie N. McCarthy, six grandchildren, Alisha McCue, Angelic Reed, Nicolas McCarthy, Christina Bassett, Kyle Andersen, and 11 great grandchildren, 5 step great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren.

Pat was preceded in death by her loving husband Robert B. Andersen of 60 years and granddaughter Kalla Andersen Conway.

There will be a celebration of life to honor Robert and Patricia Andersen in June of 2021 at Cape Blanco with their large family to be present. 

Patricia loved her family with all her heart.

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