Patricia Jo Thomason
Patricia Jo Thomason
  • March 21, 1972 - October 24, 2017
  • Alta Loma, California

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Patricia was born March 21, 1942 in Pasadena California to Joy and Joe Matyasi (Mat-A-Sea). Pat was the oldest of 2 children, her younger sister Diane.
She grew up in Duarte California, her father was Battalion Chief and her mother a homemaker. She attended school up to her senior year of high school, to leave early for a short lived marriage lasting only 6 months. She then moved in with a room mate, Kathy, who introduced her on a blind date to the love of her life to Steve.
Pat and Steve soon eloped in Yuma Arizona on March 24, 1962 and resided in Long Beach CA. Pat had a few jobs, some of which were working in a hospital cafeteria, secretarial work in orthopedic office and a cashier. They later moved to Duarte California where they had three children together. Mike, Billy, who passed away at 3 months of age, and Michelle.
In 1970, Pat and Steve purchased a home in Chino where they raised both Mike and Michelle, welcomed daughter-in-law Mary, son-in-law Chris, and 7 grandchildren, Aric, Miranda, Kristina, Nicole, Nichole, Shelby and Ashley. Lastly, 8 great-grandchildren. Gage, Colton, Landon, Audry, Hailey, Preston, Mikala and Addison. But that was just the topping to their driven lives together.
Wherever Steve was, everyone knew, Pat was close by. Their life together was inseparable and they lived to have fun. Whether it be avid square dancers to entertaining in their home. Their summer swim parties and elaborate Christmas Eve parties and even planning both her kids weddings, Pat gave it her all to make the event special and memorable.
Pat enjoyed crafting and hobbies, if Michaels or Joannes sold it, she crafted it until it was mastered it and then quickly moved on to the next craft. She took cake decorating classes and made countless birthday, holiday and exceptional wedding cakes. She made Macram hanging pot holders, she toll panted chickens or big bonnet country girls on old pieces of wood that Steve begrudgingly sanded down. She also loved to sew items for her family. At Christmas time, if Pat loved you, you could most certainly count on receiving crocheted slippers, pot holders or maybe even a kitted sweater or afghan.
Pat mastered silk floral displays, Christmas wreathes and swags were so beautiful she sold them at many Holiday craft shows including "Christmas on Euclid". She adored floral arranging so much that Steve converted an empty bedroom into her crafting room. Stacks upon stacks of you name it everywhere, waiting to be displayed at one of the many craft shows she sold her beautiful items at. Decorating was a passion of hers, especially at Christmas. There were many fully decorated Christmas trees in their home. Steve would decorate the outside and help with the inside, not so sure if he enjoyed decorating as much as Pat did, but one thing was for sure, her Holiday baking and cooking was something we all looked foreword to each year.
Pat most certainly loved traveling, starting with her and Steve's passion for RVing. Short trips and summers spent at Mountain Lakes to long distant travels across the United States. Both Steve and Pat would plan for months, researching destinations to visit and sight seeing hot spots, always stopping along the way to visit friends or family. This passion for travel took them over seas too, either by plane or cruise ship, Pat and Steve hit most of the popular distentions. Hawaii, Canada, China, Egypt, Panama Canal, Greece, England, Rome and other European detonations, most of which were done traveling with their best friends Mary and George.
As time moved on, after their final travels abroad, Steve became ill and passed away January 3, 2007. Pat's life turned upside down. Although she tried to stay connected to family and friends, the loss and heartbreak was great for her. She became reclusive and later, after family noticed significant changes in her day to day cognitive ability, she was given the diagnosis of Lewy Body Dementia.
Pat stayed in her home with the help of home health aids until her ability to do simple tasks became too much. Mike and Michelle made the difficult decision to move Pat into an assisted Living facility and sell the family home of over 40 years. This move turned out to be good. Pat opened up, started socializing with the strong community atmosphere, joining in on the activities, making friends and doing crafts. Pat even joined the choir that traveled to a few community events to sing Christmas Carols, they even headlined the living facility's annual Family Christmas Party. She was the star.
Soon, even assisted living care was not enough to help with her health problems and Dementia. Again Mike and Michelle moved her to a full care facility and watched as her health declined and her memories faded further in to the fog. Pat again rallied into the fun resident, making everyone laugh, or at times her outspoken nature would be on full display. Luckily, other residents suffering the same memory issues, would soon forget her outbursts.
Even sooner than we expected, Mom's memory of her loved ones faded away too.
Pat passed away peacefully in her sleep on Tuesday morning at 8:30 a.m., October 24th, 2017.
We have some sort of special memory or story of our Mom. One thing for sure we all commented on is that Mom was colorful. Anyway you think about it, as verbal filters did not exist at times. Very head strong and determined, yet very compassionate for doing for her family.
Mom would often express herself with colorful comments and one such memorable we all have heard a few times or a million times was "Damn-It Steve!" It almost became a catch phrase for her, even at times when Steve was not around. To Mom, Steve was the culprit to whatever was the problem at hand. And Dad, under his breath would answer with his catch phrase "I told her 14 times".
Patties Niece, Debbie and Nephew,