(63 years young)
In the loving arms of her family, Patty passed away of cancer at the Victoria Hospice on October 2, 2014. Patty was born March 29, 1951 with a beautiful soul and a feisty spirit in Vancouver, BC to the late Lyall (1966) and Josephine “Jo” (2000) HIGGINS. She is also predeceased by her father-in-law Gerard, on September 13.
Patty is survived by her devoted husband and soul mate, Jocelyn “Josh”; son Sterling GRICE, sister Anne YOUNG (Don), niece Allison ENNS and her children Christian and Cassidy, mother-in-law Ghislaine, brothers-in-law Daniel, Michel, Jacques and Mario of Quebec City and numerous cousins and friends.
Patty loved and lived life to the fullest. Moving to Campbell River, BC in 1957, Patty attracted people; she was known as the “friend magnet” and “match maker extraordinaire”. Patty loved the work she did in the dental profession for nearly 30 years. She was well respected and made dentist visits for the young and old alike a positive experience.
In May 1981, Patty met her soul mate of 34 years and accompanied Josh to numerous RCMP postings and while there made lifelong friends in places like Ottawa, Kelowna, White Rock and Victoria.
Patty loved animals, having been president of the Campbell River SPCA in the earlier days. She followed the SPCA motto, “I speak for those who can’t” without fail, at times having Josh intervene to prevent cruelty.
Patty loved running and completed numerous ½ and full marathons and charity runs. She also enjoy hiking, most recently in Arizona, snowshoeing, ice skating on the Rideau Canal, RVing and the great outdoors, with her man.
Patty was terrifically colorful, honest, “straight shooter”. You knew where you stood. Patty enjoyed the company of her young “whipper snapper” girlfriends immensely, she was so young at heart.
Celebration of Patty’s life will be held Saturday, 1 pm, October 25, 2014, at the Maritime Heritage Centre, 621 Island Hwy. Campbell River, BC V9W-5C1
Please RSVP for catering purposes. Accommodation can be suggested.
No flowers please, Memorial gifts may be made to:
BC SPCA, Victoria Hospice, BC Lung Association or Fill out an Organ Donor card, Do a Good Deed, Plant a tree…
The family would like to thank the Victoria Hospice, Victoria Home Care, BC Cancer Agency and in particular, Drs. Cavers, MacGregor, Fenton, Wai and all the front line “soldiers” who provided such outstanding care to our beloved Patty… God bless….