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Patricia Ann Dunlap Farley

March 20, 1940 December 1, 2019
Patricia Ann Dunlap Farley
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Patricia Ann Dunlap Farley, 79, passed on to be with her Lord December 1, 2019 at the Central Montana Medical Center. Cancer and stroke were the causes. 

Patti was born in Lewistown March 20, 1940 to May (McDonald) and Howard Dunlap. 

She attended Highland Park Elementary, Lewistown Junior High and Fergus High. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Montana State College, Bozeman, in She earned a Master’s in Education from Portland State University, Portland, OR in 1980. 

Patti met Lloyd Farley, the love of her life, on a blind date in Great Falls while she was in nursing school and Lloyd was working as an ironworker on the missile bases. They married June 18, 1962 in Lewistown. They spent their early years traveling the United States where Lloyd built skyscrapers and bridges. 

In 1963, they welcomed their first child, a son, Scott, born in Seaside, OR. Patti and Lloyd were thrilled to be parents. In 1966 their daughter, Cynthia Nicole, was born in Baker, OR. Patti loved being a mother, wife, and creating a home for her family. 

When it was time for Scott to enroll in school, Patti and Lloyd settled down and built a house in Vancouver, WA in 1969. Patti briefly worked in the hospital when Lloyd got laid off right after they moved into their new house. She enjoyed the hospital, yet returned to taking care of her family as soon as Lloyd went back to work. 

Patti was a loving and attentive mother. She taught her children to read and enjoyed playing with them, especially cards, games, and puzzles. 

After Cynthia went to first grade, Patti wanted to fill the long days. She had been a health room mother at the elementary school. When the principal learned Patti was a nurse, she encouraged her to apply for a job as a school nurse. Patti worked for 25 years in Vancouver as a school nurse, helping many children, families, and colleagues. She was active in the School Nurses of Washington organization, being honored as school nurse of the year in 1981. 

Patti enjoyed working in the rose garden and feeding the birds in Vancouver. Dinner time was a favorite when her family would share about their days and laugh while eating the delicious meals she prepared. She was a fine baker of cakes, cookies, and pies; our memories of her are often marked by the sweet goodness that came from her kitchen. 

Patti was devastated when Lloyd was diagnosed with cancer and died in 1983. She attended All Saints Episcopal in Vancouver for comfort. She taught ADHD classes for Kaiser and continued to work as a school nurse while taking care of the house and yard. 

Patti was delighted to welcome her grandson, Austin, Scott’s son, in 1992. She was thrilled to be a Grandma and spent summers with Austin in Lewistown enjoying swimming, traveling, and camping. 

Patti retired from school nursing and moved to Lewistown in 1997 to care for her mother. She was active in genealogy, writing group, quilting, high school group, Eastern Star, and the Montana Senior Citizens Association. She contributed a column to the Lewistown News Argus called Health Encounters of the Kid Kind. She was a proud Democrat. 

Patti was active in her faith community at St James Episcopal serving as Parish Nurse, on the vestry, and her favorite-leading morning prayer. 

Patti worked at the Montana Mental Health Nursing Care Center where she enjoyed playing games and cards with the residents. She was weekend manager at Doc’s Casino Sports Bar & Grill where she had a blast calling Bingo. 

Patti enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, Jeopardy!, shopping, movies, and gardening.She was a fan of music, especially the bass guitar, and loved to sing and dance. She played the piano and accordion. Patti and Lloyd loved the music of the 50s and encouraged and fostered a deep love of music in their son, Scott. 

Survivors are her son, Scott H. Farley, Seattle, WA; daughter, Cynthia Farley and son-in-lawMichael Pick, Snohomish, WA; grandson Austin M. Farley, Seattle, WA; sister, BarbaraConnolly, Billings, MT; paternal aunt Nan Dee (Dunlap) Waleszonia, Lewistown; brother-in-law,Will Taurman, Centralia, WA; sister-in-law Erma Ruth (Farley) Chamberlain, Oklahoma City, OK; niece, nephews, cousins, and many friends. 

Patti was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd, her parents, May and HowardDunlap, brother George Dunlap, sister Debbie (Dunlap) Taurman, brothers-in-law Herman and Thomas Farley, parents-in-law Grace and Thomas Farley, brother-in-law Jim Connolly, nieces, nephew, and cousins. 

Patti was a loving, generous, intelligent, caring, and kind woman. She was a hard worker, resilient, stubborn, passionate, tenacious, friendly, and a really special lady. She will be greatly missed for her laughter and the love she shared. 

A Graveside Service (limited guests/social distancing applies) will be held Saturday, May 9, 2020, 10:30 a.m. at the Central Montana Memorial Gardens. A Celebration of Life will follow at St. James Episcopal Church at 11:30 a.m. (limited guests/service will be live streamed). Memorial donations can be made to the Community Cupboard, 318 W. Broadway, Lewistown, MT or Council on Aging, 307 W. Watson, Lewistown, MT 59457. 

Arrangements are under the care of Creel Funeral Home. Patti’s family and friends can share memories and condolences at www.creelfuneralhome.com

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Graveside

Saturday

9

May

10:30 AM 5/9/2020 10:30:00 AM
Central Montana Memorial Gardens

Highway 191 N
Lewistown, MT 59457

(Limited Guests/Social Distancing)

Central Montana Memorial Gardens
Highway 191 N Lewistown 59457 MT
United States

Service

Saturday

9

May

11:30 AM 5/9/2020 11:30:00 AM
St James Episcopal Church

502 W. Montana
PO Box 744
Lewistown, MT 59457

(Limited Guests/Social Distancing) This service will be live-streamed for those who cannot attend.

St James Episcopal Church
502 W. Montana Lewistown 59457 MT
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Central Montana Memorial Gardens Final Resting Place

Highway 191 N
Lewistown, MT 59457

Highway 191 N Lewistown 59457 MT
United States

Memorial Contribution

Community Cupboard of Central Montana

322 W. Broadway
Lewistown, MT 59457

Council on Aging

307 W. Watson
Lewistown, MT 59457
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