Patricia Baker Obituary (1933 – 2022) – Richland, WA
Patricia (Pat) Ann Baker
October 5, 1933 – February 5, 2022
Richland, Wash. – Pat passed away on February 5, 2022, at the age of 88.
Born in Phoenix, AZ on October 5, 1933, to Irene and Paul Woodward. The family lived in Buckeye, AZ. Paul was a dairy farmer and Irene was “Rosie the Riveter” during World War II. Pat had an older brother, Lynn, and a younger sister, Wanda. Pat learned to drive a tractor on the farm, ride a horse, sing songs and love Jock the dog. She had extended family nearby and they often had softball games on Sundays.
The Woodwards moved to Yuba City/Marysville, CA. Pat’s mother died when Pat was 16. Pat took on the cooking responsibilities for the family and said she could cook anything in 10 minutes!
Pat started playing tennis while still in Arizona, then continued in California until high school. She attended Yuba College – they didn’t have a women’s team there, so she played (informally) on the men’s team.
Pat met Dan Baker while attending Yuba College. She was a lab assistant for Ralph Baker, who introduced Pat to his son Dan. Pat entered nursing school at UC San Francisco, then moved to Berkeley with Dan when they married. After Dan graduated from UC Cal Berkeley, Pat and Dan moved to Richland, WA. They were married for 67 years.
Pat and Dan had 5 children – Susanne Irene (m. Dale Moe), Julie Marie (m. Kevin Cedergreen), Lauren Kay, Janet Lynn (m. Henry Strom) and Michael Owen (m. Michelle Thomas). Pat loved children and always seemed to have a baby in her arms. She was active in school programs, was a Bluebird troop leader, and played bridge to win. Pat and Dan have 7 grandchildren – Ashley, Natalie, Hayley, Nakota, Hank, Shelby and Garet – and 3 great-grandchildren, Amiya, Max and Gianni, with 1 more on the way. Pat was an excellent seamstress, knitter and cross stitcher. She sewed all of her children’s clothes throughout their childhood. Pat and Dan have taken many family trips to national parks and have had many exciting camping trips.
After raising her children, Pat started playing tennis again. She taught her children how to play, then joined the CBC tennis team, then became the CBC tennis coach, where she enjoyed working with students and future tennis players. She played in many tennis tournaments in the North West, and she joined a team that traveled around Europe and played in England, Finland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark, and got to see tennis at Wimbledon.
Pat has volunteered at the Kadlec Auxiliary for 25 years and worked in reception, information desk, pre-op lounge, fundraising and mail delivery with Dan, whom she convinced to volunteer with her after her retirement. Pat and Dan received the President’s Award for their dedication and service to the community.
Pat loved his home caregiver, Monica, who was so loving and caring to Pat and Dan.
Pat was a member of the Central United Protestant Church and was active in 2 small groups.
Pat had a great sense of humor and was a practical prankster. She loved to read, travel and go for car rides.
Published by & from February 12 to February 13, 2022.