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Patricia Jarvis

Pat Jarvis

Thursday, October 22nd, 2020
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Our beloved sister, aunt, great aunt and friend, Patricia Lee Jarvis, 70, of Provo, Utah, passed away October 22, 2020.

Pat was born in Salt Lake City to Lee Taylor and Jeanette Bowers Jarvis on August 4, 1950. She was the second oldest of seven children. She completed her educational years at Douglas Elementary, Roosevelt Middle and East High School. While attending Douglas, many international scholars were concerned about the deepening cold war with Russia and because social engineers felt more young people needed to learn and speak Russian, Pat and others were invited to learn Russian. It was her membership in the East High Russian club and opportunities of her academic years that led her to declare Russian Studies as her major from the University of Utah and spend a summer on a Russian study abroad. She graduated from East High School in 1968 where she was named one of 22 outstanding senior scholars from her class of 338. Following her graduation she moved to New York for two years and worked for Macmillan Publishing Company as an editor. She also worked for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the church office building and at Deseret Book.

Pat took advantage of many adventures during her life. Soon after beginning employment with Advanced Language Processing Systems (ALPS)/Interlingua, Pat was offered a job in Switzerland then a transfer to London for 10 years. Her time abroad provided opportunities for travel to several European countries. In the UK, Pat met many lifelong friends who continued their friendships long after she returned to the United States. Upon return to the US, she spent a short time working in both Chicago and Boise then finally settled in Provo where she resided until her passing.

Among her many talents, Pat was an accomplished pianist who could sight read and improvise. In the early 70s, while her mother performed on stage, Pat was the piano voice for the heroin and villain in the Park City Melodramas. Nearly everywhere she resided, she was asked to accompany vocalists and instrumentalists, and on Sundays, you could find her playing the piano for the primary or providing organ music for the congregation.

Although she never married and had children of her own, she was a wonderful sister, aunt, great aunt and friend. Pat was very intelligent and liked to read, sew, cook and learn new things. As an older sister, Pat was often called upon to help her younger siblings with their school assignments and projects. She is warmly recognized for her role as a wonderful second mother to her youngest sister, Wendy who was born when Pat was 21 years old. They enjoyed many sleep overs and movie nights as well as several road trips together throughout the US and Europe. She loved to host family and friends for dinner parties of culinary delight and game nights where she demonstrated a tough competition during family trivia games and gained the title "Boggle master". She attended birthday celebrations and other important events of her extended family. Her nieces and nephews looked forward to having sleepovers, cooking nights, scavenger hunts and parties with Aunt Pat.

Pat was one of the kindest, most genuine people anyone could meet and she engaged in many acts of service. Those who have spent time with her know that she always took an interest in their lives. Upon her retirement, she volunteered to help her niece, Rose with her newborn twins whom she lovingly called “The Mini-s”. She cared for them, read to them, and played with them.They and their older siblings loved spending time with Aunt Pat over the past several years.

Pat was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and served in many capacities including primary president, young women’s president, primary teacher, etc. The brothers and sisters of the Foothill Ward, Provo were a cherished ward family. She knew the neighbors on her street, young and old, and they highly regarded Pat. She will be missed.

Pat Jarvis is survived by her siblings Ken (Patty) Jarvis, Kelly (Ruth) Jarvis, Scott (Jane) Jarvis, Jill Hughes, Kathlyn Thatcher (Tom) and Wendy Hairel (John). She is preceded in death by her parents, Lee and Jeanette Jarvis and her nephew Christopher Lee Jarvis.
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Jeannine Pentz

Posted at 02:28am
I met Pat in Switzerland. We moved there at about the same time. She became an adopted aunt to my kids. While in Europe, we always celebrated Thanksgiving together. One year after she had moved to England, she volunteered to bring the turkey for our Thanksgiving dinner, since turkeys in Switzerland were rather small and very expensive. We had a good laugh about the security at the airport opening her bag to find a big turkey inside.
A couple of months after our youngest was born, Pat came from England for a visit and while playing with the baby, she made her laugh, it was her very first belly laugh!
We visited her often in England and in Provo, and she visited us in Switzerland and Colorado. We loved spending time with her.
We will miss her dearly.
We love you Part. Until we meet again
 
JH

Jill Hughes Posted at 12:22pm

Thank you so much for sharing that memory!
CA

Clayne Arthur

Posted at 10:42pm
From Clayne and Suzanne Arthur (cousins)
Our Condolences to the Jarvis Family. Thank you for such a lovely obituary for Pat. We learned much. Suzanne realized that she and Pat graduated from High School the same year. Suzanne also took Russian in grade school but not in Junior High or High School. We are impressed that Pat graduated from the University of Utah in Russian Studies. Well done Pat! She has had such an amazing life.

In 1975, Pat invited us to stay overnight with her in her Manhattan flat in New York City while we were in a training program in North Wales, PA. After training on Friday, we walked about a half mile with our bags to the Reading terminal, which was the commuter train into Philadelphia. From Philadelphia we took Amtrak to New York, and then boarded the subway. Pat had told us to count 11 stops on the subway and get off. She also told us the name of the stop we were looking for. As the subway conductor announced the name of each stop, we could not understand it over the very poor speaker system in the subway. I would ask Suzanne if she could understand. Neither of us could. After about the third stop, another passenger asked us what stop we wanted. We told him, and he responded that it was the next stop. We wondered out loud why it was not the 11th stop. He said: "This is the express. You would be at the end of the route before we pass 11 stops." We thanked him, stood up, grabbed our bags and moved to the door. When we got off the subway, Pat was there to pick us up.

On Saturday, Pat introduced us to lochs and bagels (not bad), we visited the Statue of Liberty, the United Nations building, the visitor's center in the building where Pat's ward met for church. We also went to the Empire State building. But we did not go up because the day was overcast and the upper floors were in a cloud bank. We attended Church with her and then retraced our trip back to North Wales, PA. We had a wonderful time, and have great memories of Pat's hospitality.

It was always fun to see Pat at family gatherings. Suzanne was grateful to visit with her for a few moments this year during a hair appointment at Kia's. It was the last time Pat drove out to Kia's.

 
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Jill Hughes Posted at 12:23pm

Thank you so much for sharing that story that was so fun to hear. Pat was always so hospitable and a great tour guide. I remember her telling me that she saw Suzanne at Kia’s.
 
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Jill Hughes Posted at 12:23pm

Thank you so much for sharing that story that was so fun to hear. Pat was always so hospitable and a great tour guide. I remember her telling me that she saw Suzanne at Kia’s.
DH

Diane Hughes

Posted at 01:05am
Wendy, Kelly, and all -
Pat has been one of my choicest friends since we were in Kindergarten. I love the younger pictures you have of her. The teen picture (the one with the white collar), is just how I think of Pat. I too was in the Russian program at Douglas, and then all the follow-up classes at Roosevelt and East. Pat did well with the language; I did not. Pat was so smart and talented. When she moved to Provo, I lived in Orem. We got together frequently and I so enjoyed renewing our friendship. Pat had a beautiful home and obviously many friends. She loved her family, all of you, and would tell me about all of you. I'm so sorry Pat has passed on. I know many on the other side are so happy to see her, but those of us here will miss her, and feel that her life was far too short. I pray that you all will find peace in this separation. Diane Hughes
 
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Jill Hughes Posted at 12:25pm

Thanks for sharing that story Diane. I know she really enjoyed your friendship. Interesting fact I don’t know sure the same last name as you. And your sister Jill. I’m sorry you lost her so long ago.
JC

Joyce Clark

Posted at 05:31pm
I am so sorry for your loss. I just finished reading her obituary and she was an incredible woman and achieved so much during her lifetime. She was always so nice and friendly when I met her and always remembered me and greeted me with warmth and kindness. She left a great legacy for her siblings, nieces and nephews. Joyce Clark
 
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Tim and Shirley Posted at 02:58pm

Shirley and I extend our condolences to the Jarvis family in the passing of Pat. We remember her fondly and our neighbors the Jarvis family on Michigan avenue. One of my fond memories of Pat was getting her up on water skies at Lake Powell. I will always remember her smile of accomplishment as she wobbled on her skies behind the boat. Pat accomplished much in her life and was an example to many. It was a blessing that she did not have to suffer in her condition. Love to all of you, Tim and Shirley
 
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Jill Hughes Posted at 12:25pm

Thank you for sharing that Joyce!
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