Patricia Margaret “Pat” (Collins) York
February 29, 1932 ~ December 1, 2012
Patricia Margaret Collins was born February 29, 1932, to proud parents, Gertrude nee Schuller and Charles B. Collins, as the first Leap Year baby born in Seattle. She grew up in Seattle, WA. Betty Whalen, her sister, lives in Olympia and her brother, Bob Collins, lives in California with his wife, Betty. Her brother, Charles C. Collins preceded her in death. Her family moved to Yakima to farm after her father retired from the Seattle Police Department in the Georgetown area. When the Columbia Basin opened, he bought land in the Royal Slope area to farm. She married Harvey C. York and they settled in Moses Lake and raised four children there, Kathleen M. Mathis, Michael C. York, Steven A. York and Gayle P. Dow. Harvey worked for the Pacific Northwest Bell Telephone Company until he retired. They loved to camp and fish before they bought land and built their home in Mae Valley. In Mae Valley, she enjoyed having a large garden and raising livestock. Pat was active as a leader in the Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and 4-H 89ers Club. She also was Camp Cook for 4-H camp while her children attended. She was active in Grant County Fair through activities associated with 4-H, Telephone Pioneers and Hospice. She worked as a school bus driver and teacher’s assistant at Frontier Junior High School. They often took grandchildren, Chris and Shaun Collins, on trips during the summer. After retirement, Pat and Harvey did RV traveling through all the states of the United States, going as far north as possible in Alaska and down into Baja Mexico. They met many wonderful people, made many friends and had great adventures. They were active in Audubon Society, participating in field trips; she enjoyed teaching children about local wildlife. After Harvey died, she became active in the Moses Lake Christian Missionary Alliance Church; working with children was her favorite. Pat was a Sunday school teacher and active in VBS. She enjoyed bible studies and spending time with people. She treasured her time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, swimming, camping, performing skits, playing games and just being with them. She was very proud of every one of them. Pat enjoyed being a volunteer for Hospice for many years and enjoyed the people she worked with and assisted. She was dedicated to Serve Moses Lake. Pat was vivacious and had a sense of humor that permeated every aspect of her being and all she did. She died December 1, 2012, at approximately 1:45 p.m., with her children present.
At her request, there will not be a Service. If you would like to make a donation to Serve Moses Lake in her name, she would be honored.