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Patricia Ann Thomas

Jan 22, 1950 - Mar 7, 2021

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  No service will be held at this time due to COVID.

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Memorial donations in Pat’s name may be made to STARS Air Ambulance or to the charity of your choice.

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Thomas: Patricia Ann

January 22, 1950 – March 7, 2021

With heavy hearts we announce the passing of Pat Thomas, at the age of 71, after a long battle with COPD.

Pat was born in Montreal on January 22, 1950 to Corrinne and Ian MacFarlane. She was the oldest of four children. She enjoyed a very close relationship with her siblings from childhood right up until her passing. She loved her brother and sisters very much, a feeling that was definitely returned.

When Pat was 9, she and her family moved to Pakenham, Ont. Where her father became the manager of the Royal Bank. Pat grew up in Pakenham and had a wonderful childhood & teenage year. She spent as much time as possible at the river and became an excellent swimmer. She loved being on the water her whole life. Pat made many great memories and lasting friendships in Pakenham and often told funny stories of her youth there. Pat attended and graduated from Arnprior High School. Pakenham always held a special place in her heart, and she returned as often as possible to visit once she had married and moved away.

In 1967, Pat met Joe Thomas, and they were married at St. Peter Celestine Church, Pakenham, Ont. on November 9, 1968. They were an adventurous pair and moved around a lot before finally settling down in the Rocky area with their two kids, Geoff and Shelley. Pat and Joe said the area immediately felt like ‘Home” to them, even though the family originally just planned on passing through on their way to Prince George. Pat and Joe put down roots in the Leslieville/Rocky area and became part of the community, they enjoyed community crib tournaments, family days at the local halls, cabarets, baseball and made many lasting and true friendships.

Pat loved her family, especially loved being a mom, she often volunteered at her kid’s schools and the door was always open to welcome Geoff and Shelley’s friends into the house. There was usually something baking in the oven and everyone felt comfortable raiding the fridge. As the kids got older, Pat had more time to herself, so she was able to get a job outside of the home and got a job working at West Country Family Services (WCFS) where she worked for over twenty years. Pat got a great deal of fulfillment and joy from helping other people and formed many friendships there that she truly cherished.

Pat’s grandson, Brett, was born in 1995 and she was overjoyed as he was her pride and joy. Pat enjoyed nothing more than spending time with Brett, they loved each other so much.

Pat enjoyed being outdoors, especially gardening and her flower beds, she loved rafting down the river and playing golf with the family. Her and Joe loved fishing together and were both card sharks. The whole family often played cards for hours at a time and were known to get very loud about it. Pat also loved to travel, she would visit her family in Ontario as often as possible and also enjoyed several trips with her siblings and their spouses. She especially loved Barbados.

While Pat enjoyed much love, laughter, and many wonderful times in her life she also endured great tragedy. The loss of her son Geoff to a brain tumor in 2006 was a heartache Pat never fully recovered from, then in 2011 Pat again faced great loss when her husband of 43 years died.

Shortly after Joes death Pat was diagnosed with COPD, she was able to manage it quite well and still enjoyed a full life for several years, but as her health declined Pat made the decision to move into Westview Lodge. Pat made some great friends in the Lodge and had a great fondness for many of the staff members. She enjoyed doing knitting and crocheting projects for the annual craft fair and could also be found working in one of the many puzzles she so patiently solved. Pat loved clothes, jewelry and accessories and was well known for her color coordinated outfits and many holiday themed outfits. Her laugh and great sense of humor will be missed by everyone who knew her as will her kindness and loving fun nature.

Pat will always be so loved and missed by her daughter and son-in-law: Shelley (Jody) Langford, her beloved grandson Brett Langford; brother Peter (Karen) MacFarlane, of Leduc, AB; sisters: Bonnie MacFarlane of Pakenham, Ont. and Andrea (Rob) Grieve of Pickering, Ont.; nephew Ian (Amanda) MacFarlane; niece Kerri (Jared) Hagen; great nieces: Kyla, Addy and Emmy; great nephews: Thomas and Nicholas; much loved aunts Alva and Joan; as well as several cousins.

Pat was predeceased by her husband Joe Thomas, son Geoff Thomas and her beloved parents Corrine and Ian McFarlane.

No service will be held at this time due to COVID.

Memorial donations in Pat’s name may be made to STARS Air Ambulance or to the charity of your choice.

Cremation entrusted to Rocky Mountain Crematorium, Rocky Mountain House, Alberta

Rocky and Sylvan Lake Funeral Homes and Crematorium, your Golden Rule Funeral Homes, entrusted with the arrangements.

Condolences

Andy (sister) :

Too many memories to list. Although you were shorter than me, you were always my big sister. I remember when you got your first job .... you felt sorry for me because I always wore hand-me-downs and you bought me a bunch of new clothes to wear. You were the only one, other than Geoff, who could beat the heck out of me in Scrabble (Mind you, I still think he cheated sometimes with those marked tiles). I asked you to hang on until we could hug again but I understand ... I guess we will have to do it on the other side. And then we will go for a swim in the warm waters of Barbados. Until then ...I will miss you my dear dear sister. Sleep well.

Donn & Dawn Mason:

Sending our deepest sympathies to all the family. We had the pleasure of being surrounded by the fun antics of Pat and Joe back in the day and enjoyed every occasion that brought us all together. We also were very privileged to know Geoff as a young man as we played ball together on the 'Robbers' team. Thinking of you Shelley, Jody and Brett and extended families at this difficult time....

Gord & Joanne McCrindle:

Pete, Karen, Ian, Kerri and families,
We are so sorry for your loss. Pat was a spark of life in the WVL and her contagious laughter and friendliness will be forever remembered by all that had the privilege of knowing her. Our sincere condolences to all of you. Big hugs from the McCrindle family.

NB cousin, Jackie Bridges:

So sorry to see you go Patsy. My most sincere sympathies to the family and friends. Take care of each other during this difficult time. My prayers are with you all.

George and Heather Loomer:

We are so sorry for your loss Shelley. Our mothers are pretty special and it is always hard when we lose them.
My mother has been gone for 17 years and there are still times when I think I should call and tell her about something that has happened. If you feel the need to chat give me a call. Heather

Peter and Karen:

We will miss you dear Sister. We always looked for to our times spent in Pakenham, the town always new when the clan was home as they were treated to fireworks. We all new Bonnie would have a to do list for all of her siblings and we would have such a great time with of course some beverages. There was always music,singing, loudness ,laughter and awesome times. Peter and I will especially miss our road trips to visit you, have lunch, and then play a few crib games. There was always laughter and good times. Our thoughts and prayers are with you dear Shelley,Jody, and Brett,. Hugs to you all. RIP Dear Sister Pat. Forever in our hearts

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