Longtime educator and resident of the Harbor, Patricia Ann Bowers Graham Workman died at Pacific Care Center in Hoquiam on Monday, March 18, 2013. She was 91. She was born in Bemidji, Beltrami County, Minnesota on July 27, 1921, the daughter of James LeRoy and Marjorie Wright (Steidel) Bowers.
The family lived at Hibbing, Minn. and in 1923 went to California in a “tin-lizzy” to seek a new life. They returned to the Steidel and Bowers family farms at Bemidji in 1924. Her fondest childhood memories centered on living on the Bowers dairy farm with her family.
Pat attended school in the Bowers Schoolhouse from 1927 to 1933, a school on land that was donated by her grandfather to the county and was eventually moved as a historical building to the Bemidji Fairgrounds. She graduated from Bemidji High School in 1937 at the age of 15 as a member of the National Honor Society. In 1944 she received her Bachelors Degree from Bemidji State Teachers College. She would continue her education in later years receiving a Masters of Education from Central Washington State University in 1970 as well as other courses of study from the University of Washington, Western Washington State University and the University of Puget Sound.
Pat started her career of teaching at the Grygla Elementary School in Minnesota and after teaching at several other schools in Minnesota she came to Ocosta to take a position at the Ocosta School in 1946, teaching high school classes and living in the onsite Teacherage.
She married Leland B. “Unk” Graham on August 27, 1948 and they bought a home at Ocosta in 1950. Unk died here April 20, 1963, and on December 23, 1964, Pat married Floyd “Tom” Workman. He died in Arizona on February 28, 1999.
In 1953 she took a position with the Aberdeen School District at A. J. West Elementary School, a position she would hold for 29 years, retiring in 1981.
Over the years Pat and her extended family would enjoy a summer home on Mason Lake near Shelton which would become her permanent residence in 1988, wintering in Arizona for many years.
Pat was a member of the Washington State Teachers Retirement Association, Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post 3057, Westport, International Delta Kappa Gamma Society, National Education Association, Ladies Elks Lodge 2467 of Shelton and the Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary 24, Aberdeen. Pat was a voracious reader and was always learning and sharing her knowledge with others. Her other favorite hobbies included watercolor, walking in nature and family activities.
Pat is survived by numerous nieces and nephews in Washington and Minnesota, as well as grand-nieces and nephews and their children. A brother, Richard LeRoy Bowers and two sisters, Marjorie Malacek and Lucille Aronson, died before her.
A memorial service will be held at a later time. Inurnment will take place in Fern Hill Cemetery, Aberdeen.
The family suggests memorials may be made in memory of Patricia Workman to the Grays Harbor Community Foundation, P.O. Box 615, Hoquiam, WA 98550
A message of condolence or a memory may be sent to the family at www.fernhillfuneral.com
Arrangements are entrusted to Fern Hill Funeral Home, Aberdeen.