Patricia (Holt) McKenzie was born December 17, 1936, in Weleetka, Oklahoma, to Mr. and Mrs. Dick Holt. At an early age they moved to Parker, Ariz. Pat would grow up there as an only child, graduating from Parker High School.
She met and married Marvin Sr. in Parker on November 13, 1954. Marv Jr. was born there in 1955. Later, in 1956, the family moved to California. Don was born in Sacramento in 1958. Their third son, Steve, was born in 1962 in Carmel, Calif. By this time Pat had already begun what would continue for many years, the full-time job of guiding, cheerleading, and chauffeuring her three boys to practices, school events, games, and a wide array of sporting events. To say Pat was a homemaker would be an understatement. Marvin Sr. worked construction and was away much of the time, and with three very active and involved boys, Pat’s life was full. In 1969 the family moved again, this time to Centralia, Wash., where they would live until they moved to Irrigon, Ore., in 1978.
After the boys were grown, Pat loved to travel to different job locations with Marvin Sr. They particularly loved the Newport, Ore., jobs and also enjoyed spending time in Massachusetts and Kentucky. Once Marvin Sr. retired they would spend winters in Furnace Creek, Nev. Their more exotic travels took them to Hawaii, Bali and Indonesia.
Pat and Marvin Sr. both loved golf and spent many happy and frustrating hours playing Wilson Run Golf Course in Boardman. They also enjoyed golfing Kahneeta in south-central Oregon.
There were few times in Pat’s life that she didn’t have pets. She loved her many kitties and adored her dogs, especially Kindy, who kept her company this last year. It wasn’t just the cats and dogs, Pat and Marvin always had at least two, three, or ten bird and hummingbird feeders, not forgetting the yards of colorful yarn that they would tie to everything. It was for “their” fly catchers to use in building nests.
Pat is survived by her husband of 62 years, and her sons, their wives and grandchildren: Marv Jr. and Cinda (Taylor), Don and Marcy (Adam and Ashton), and Steve and Augustina (Dwi and Christina).
A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. at Sun Terrace, 1550 N.W. 11th St., Hermiston, Oregon.
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Burns Mortuary of Hermiston, Oregon, is in care of arrangements.