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Patricia Thaanum

Patricia May Thaanum

Wednesday, December 8th, 1937 - Thursday, June 11th, 2020
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Patricia May Thaanum formerly of Montesano, Washington passed away peacefully in her sleep on June 11, 2020. She was born December 8, 1937 in Satsop, Wa to Fredrick M.D. and Mary Jane Pittman Thannum joining older brother Fred. She graduated from Montesano High School in 1955 where she was known as Patsy.

After high school Pat married Terry O’Connor, and moved to Pullman, WA. They were later divorced. While dancing at the USO at Ft Lewis she met and married John R Szwarc Sr. They moved to North Carolina, Lawton, Oklahoma and Germany. They were later divorced. She married Frederick Jay (Ted) Beckner and moved to Moscow Idaho then Juneau, Alaska. They were later divorced.

Pat loved dancing, traveling, sewing, reading and family history. She was a beautiful, kind generous woman. She had three children she loved and adored, nine wonderful grandchildren and seven amazing great-grandchildren. Pat was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Being the loving and devoted daughter she was she moved back in with her aging parents in 1985 and cared for them until their deaths. In 1989 she packed up Jane and moved to Utah.

She is survived by her children, Sue (Irv) Brock, John (Rachele) Szwarc and Jane (Dustin) Rhodes. Her grandchildren, Heather (Byron) Johnson, Ken (Jessica) Hirsch, Robert (Kristin) Szwarc, William Szwarc, Kiana (Braeden Stokes), Myla, KJ and Sela Rhodes. Her great grandchildren Lilly and Lyman Johnson, Jasmine and Isabell Hirsch, Orion, Atlas and Castor Szwarc.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her son-in-law Vern Hirsch and grandson Bob Hirsch.
Family service Tuesday June 16, 2020 10:00 East Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please plant a tree in her name through the link above.
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    Tuesday, June 16th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Tuesday, June 16th, 2020 10:00am
    East Lawn Memorial Hills Cemetery
    4800 North 650 East
    Provo, Utah
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Natalie House & Janaan Weaver

Posted at 02:12pm
Jane ~ Losing a mother is one of the deepest heartaches. But her goodness, her caring, and her wisdom live on through you. Sending you our love!

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Toni Ashenbrener

Posted at 12:38pm
Pat and I became good friends almost 40 years ago when we were both living in Washington. When our first, shared, grandchild (Heather Leigh) was born we both wanted to spoil her rotten! At the time, Pat was a struggling single Mom. At first I was hesitant to spend as much as I wanted on Heather for fear it would offend Pat, but, she assured me it was okay with her, as she said "circumstances will change one day and I will get my chance". They certainly did change and she was able to bless all our grandchildren when I was too far away. I was envious, but, grateful! She was a wonderful person, and, I will miss her.

Momi bartholomew

Posted at 01:01am
All our love to you Grace and Momi
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Posted at 03:25pm
Thanks for being a wonderful Grandma (and making awesome peanut butter cookies!)
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