May 27, 1920 – January 4, 2013
at the age of 92 years
A memorial gathering is to be held on May 26, 2013 at the Fall Fair Hall in Barriere, BC, at 1:00 p.m.
The family wishes to let everyone know that we lost an important person from our lives. Pat passed away peacefully on the evening of January 4th, 2013 at the age of 92. Pat was born on May 27th, 1920. Pat was married to Bill (passed 1984) in 1944. They ranched in the Sullivan Valley area (Heffley Creek) for over 50 years. They were founding members of the North Thompson Fall Fair and were active in many agricultural organizations and the 4-H movement. Pat was an avid reader, writer and ranching historian. She spent many years as volunteer with the Kamloops Museum. Pat, along with her late husband Bill, was inducted into the Cowboy Hall of Fame in 2006.
Pat is survived by her children Virginia Schulz (Fred), Anne Carmichael and Doug Stewart (Angela), her grandchildren Jodi Oviatt, Neil Schulz (McKinley), Bill Carmichael (Trisha), Cory Carmichael (Holly Jackson), Ray, Lee and Chris Stewart, and her great-grandchildren Lacy and Bailey Oviatt, Serena Carmichael, Eden and Neve Carmichael.
I really liked dear Pat – she was a very interesting person to talk to, and I will never forget her visit here to England along with my auntie, Olive Carmichael (many years back now), when we met up with my sister Rita and went to Lingfield in Surrey to search for Pat’s English ancestors. My sister lived in that area at the time and decided to take us to the Lingfield library to make some initial enquiries, and blow me down with a feather – the library was situated in an old tudor looking house, which turned out to be the very house where her ancestor had lived!!! All the information Pat needed was within this house, and we even found the grave of the ancestor in the local churchyard! I have a souvenir tea towel with a picture of this house as it was an important part of the village in days gone by, and I believe Pat took quite a lot of photos at the time. This was one of those magical days, where the forces were all working to help us, and it is one I will never forget. So I do have some excellent memories of my short, but memorable, acquaintance with Pat Stewart – God rest her soul.