Patricia (Pat) C. Stevenson ascended to the ages, November 15, 2012. Denying passage for 90 years, her tenacious spirit unexpectedly left us while recovering from surgery at Grays Harbor Community Hospital.
Born in Hoquiam as Patricia Carol Seehafer, February 4, 1922, to Elmer and Signa Seehafer, she led a journeyed life: growing up in the Great Depression; raised by her mother, then aunts and her various grandparents after her mother died in 1936.
Pat lived and went to primary school in Hoquiam, then Satsop, and back to Hoquiam again. She enjoyed school where she landed on the honor roll often; became the only high school song queen “who couldn’t carry a tune in bucket” ; was President of Peksu; gave comedic readings at Veteran’s of Spanish Wars; and was a Rainbow Worthy Advisor.
After graduating from Hoquiam High School in 1940, she attended the University of Washington for a few years, and then worked in the finance department at Boeing from 1943-1956, rotating in and out of work over three separate hiring/lay-off cycles.
She married Robert E. Stevenson in 1948, and produced two sons before returning to Hoquiam in 1963, as a single mother. Working to keep her family together, she started at Bayview Lumber in Cosmopolis, and then went to Interstate Asphalt, Aberdeen as the office manager and bookkeeper until retiring in 1985.
After retiring, she traveled to Ireland, Scotland, Russia, and many other Western and Eastern European states. She was an avid supporter of the local arts and acted in numerous plays at Driftwood Theater from 1968 to 1993, winning awards for several roles in plays such as “Steel Magnolias”, “Barefoot in the Part” “Annie Get Your Gun” and “Butterflies are Free”, to name a few. Indeed, after she retired her acting ability was tapped by the Police department to help train cadets by acting as an unruly wife of a man being tested for sobriety, which ended with her being pinned to the ground and handcuffed- “Really wasn’t my favorite role.” she said. “That cadet really needed to practice much more. I got the better of him longer than I should have.”
She was a behind-the-scenes mover who initiated many ideas that others took up as their cause; such as the purchase and restoration of the 7th Street Theatre and the advent of 7th Street Kids by Micki Colwell. Nonetheless, she worked directly in many areas such as fundraising and keeping the books for the 7th Street Theater and Community Concert. She was recognized for her civic activities at banquets in 1991, and again in 2007, where she was given a leadership award by the Hoquiam Development Association. She was philanthropic in her support of local charities such as PAWS of Aberdeen, the Union Gospel Mission, and Driftwood Players. She supported many international charities that benefited wildlife (“Too many people, not enough tigers,”) or disadvantaged peoples throughout developing countries (“Why not help, what could it hurt? Besides I get more calendars than I could ever use.”)
She was renowned for giving humorous reviews as a member of the Aberdeen Book Review Club. A natural wit until the very end, she had impeccable timing and could penetrate the most dour person by making them laugh with her. She was quite a lady, indeed.
She is preceded in death by her mother, Signa Seehafer of Hoquiam; and father, Elmer Seehafer of Raymond, WA; half-brother, Ray Behnound; as well as ex-husband, Robert Stevenson of Olympia. She is survived by her sons, Gregg (Lynnett) Stevenson of Tacoma, and Paul (Mary) Stevenson of Elma; her grandson, Shawn (Corri) Stevenson of Vancouver, WA; and two great-granddaughters, Kennedy and Riley Stevenson; and great-grandson, Kaden Stevenson. She is also survived by her half-brother, Ron (Jeannie) Seehafer of Tacoma; and half-sister, Carol (Ron) Starika of Raymond, WA.
A celebration of her life will be held on Sunday, November 25, 2012, at Harrison Family Mortuary in Aberdeen at 1:30 PM. In lieu of flowers please make donations in her name to Union Gospel Mission, PAWS of Aberdeen or Driftwood Players.
To sign the online book of memories or to light a memorial candle please visit www.harrisonfamilymortuary.com.