Patricia Louise Coates (nee Williams)

Patricia (Pat) Coates (nee Williams) passed away on Thursday May 6, 2004 at the age of 54 years after a very brief bout with cancer. Pat is survived by her husband Wayne, her brother Allan and her sisters (M) Lyn Wallin and Maureen Getz; her brother-in-law Darryl Coates and his wife Margaret; her aunts Phyllis (Mel) Melstrom, Vera (Bob) Telfer, Margie (John) Grandmont and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents Albert and Alice Williams.

Pat was raised and schooled in Taber, Alberta then attended the University of Alberta in Edmonton where she met Wayne. They were married August 28, 1970 and left the next day for Stillwater, Oklahoma where Pat completed her BS in Home Economics Education. Pat and Wayne returned to Canada in 1973 and Pat taught Home Economics Education for eight years. During that time they bought a farm and raised beef cattle along with assorted other livestock.

In September 1981 Pat and Wayne moved to Tucson, Arizona. Pat retired from teaching at that time and tried her hand at retailing by managing a dress shop which catered to tall women. She was in real estate for several years prior to enrolling at the University of Arizona where she earned her MS in Library Science in December 1989. She worked at the University of Arizona library in several temporary positions until accepting a Technical Librarian position with Honeywell (formerly Allied Signal) in April 1993. Recently she began working half time as a Technical Editor and had found this new challenge to be particularly rewarding.

Pat will be deeply missed by her husband and their nine cats - in particular by Whiskers, and by the many people she has worked with and lent a sympathetic ear to during her lifetime.

For Pat's Pedigree (Family history tree) look here

For photos of Pat's school and university years, along with her teaching years look here

For documentation of Pat's school, university and work excellence look here

In August 2003 we attended her family reunion in Rocky Mountain House Alberta. Photos are here. Some photos of her family are here

For photos of Pat's life with Wayne from August 1970 until May 2004 go here and scroll towards the bottom of that page where there are a number of links. Pat loved cats so we had a few, look here

Pat and Wayne made numerous trips around the world. If you go here you will see a list of the photo albums she made of the trips, you can click on them to see the scans I made of them to preserve her work.

Some photos of Pat

With her beloved Sunny in 1996

Her birthday March 5, 1987

Her birthday March 5, 1996

Her graduation from Library School December 1989