VANCOUVER - On Sept. 7, 2005, beloved wife Pansy Josephine "Pat" (Wright) McGann passed peacefully away in the loving arms of her husband, Richard, at Southwest Washington Medical Center in Vancouver, due to complications following triple bypass surgery.
Born March 17, 1924, in Newbridge, near Baker City, Ore., she was raised partly by relatives during the Great Depression after losing her mother at age four and the family farm to pay for medical and funeral expenses. Before graduating from Baker High School (Class of '41) she spent several years providing childcare and doing chores for little more than room and board for some of the finest families in the area.
She moved first to Idaho, later becoming a motel owner in Las Vegas, Nev., before settling as a homemaker and mom in California in 1955. She often took an active role in the P.T.A., Camp Fire Girls, and the Lutheran Women's Missionary League.
Mrs. McGann went on to travel the world for almost 20 years with her husband who was in the foreign service. They lived several years in war zones, including Laos, Panama, and Egypt. Mrs. McGann invariably impressed people from all walks and stations of life with her unconditionally loving nature. She was constantly involved in direct charity work in the countries where they were posted, faithfully representing the U.S.A. with characteristic aplomb. The couple retired to Ocean Park in 1989 where they ultimately resided longer than at any other home, capping 50 years of steadfast marriage.
In addition to her husband, she is dearly missed by daughters Lynne and Kathleen, and sons Terrance, Erik, and Kevin; five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her honor may be sent to Ocean Park Lutheran Church Mel Vick Memorial Fund to benefit local residents in need. Services and a potluck will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Oct. 21, at OPLC, 240th and "U" St., in Ocean Park.