Patrica Jane Painter, age 72, finished her decade-long journey with Alzheimer’s disease on March 29, 2021. She passed away peacefully with the love and support of her family in her home in Washington, Utah.
At the time of death, Patrica was surrounded by her husband, Steven, who served as her sole caregiver during her illness, as well as her two sons, several grandchildren, her sisters, friends, and the caring nurses and staff of hospice.
Even toward the end of the illness, when speaking was a challenge, she would mention she knew that she was sick and that Steve was taking great care of her.
Patrica is lovingly remembered by her husband of 53 years, Steven, and their two children, Geoffrey and Jonathan. Patrica will be fondly remembered by her five grandchildren, Ethan, Emerald, Bergen, Aidan, and Liam. Patrica is survived by her four siblings, Micheal (brother), and Carol Phillips; Kathy (sister) Phillips; Sandi (sister) and Chuck Keown; and Peggy (sister) Reeve.
Patrica was preceded in death by her mother, Harriett Phillips of Grand Island, Nebraska.
Patrica was the first child and daughter of Harriet and Clifford Phillips, was born Aug. 7, 1948, in Kearney, Nebraska.
In her younger years, she provided care for her younger siblings, as her mom worked as a single parent. Patrica attended the public schools of Grand Island, Nebraska, and was a 1966 graduate of Grand Island High School.
After graduation, Patrica was a switchboard operator for the Northwestern Bell Telephone Company in Grand Island.
Patrica and Steven Painter were married in Grand Island, Nebraska, on Sept. 10, 1967.
After the wedding, Patrica and Steven moved to Chamberlain, South Dakota, for his first job as a power plant operator. They then moved to Palisades, Idaho. In this tiny high altitude town in Idaho, they started their young family, having two boys, Jonathan and Geoffrey.
The family moved to Idaho Falls in 1976 and would spend a few years there before relocating in 1979 to Orofino, Idaho.
She was one of Jehovah’s Witnesses for over 50 years, spending nearly 20 years in the full-time door to door ministry helping people to understand the Bible.
Patrica was a loving mother and wife who took great pride in sewing and cooking for her family. She was always willing to prepare wild game that the boys would bring to her, whether elk, whitetail deer, grouse, or trout.
Patrica and her husband joined the membership of the Jehovah’s Witnesses in 1969, where she was a dedicated member and a full-time volunteer minister of twenty years. She was well known by those in the congregation for her kindness and compassion.
She spent many hours taking her sons to visit the sick and comfort those who were ill. The small children of the congregation knew Patrica as a loving person who would give gifts or cards for no other reason than to make them smile. Many of the young girls looked to her as a role model.
Patrica Painter will forever be remembered for her kindness and dedication to all she met, love of her husband, children, grandchildren, interest in family history, and love for music.
Patrica Painter’s Memorial will take place May 15th, at 4 p.m. Pacific Time. It will be hosted on Zoom.
If you are interested in attending please email the family for Zoom meeting details. firstname.lastname@example.org.