Jessie Pat Carr was born in July of 1927 and passed away at the age of 85 on Dec. 30, 2012. Pat, as everybody knows her by, was born in Virginia to Herbert and Florence Lansdowne. Her father being in the Navy, she moved many times growing up. The family lived in Guam until her and her mother became ill and had to move back to the states. She spent most of her early childhood in Vallejo, Calif. and Bremerton, Wash., where she spent many nights eating ice-cream and milk toast with her feet in the oven to keep them warm.
Pat lost her parents at the early age of 10, so she then moved in with her stepbrother and lived in Oakland. She then went to live with a cousin in Vallejo when World War II broke out, and her step-brother and older brother joined the Navy. She lived in Vallejo throughout her high school years and then graduated early and met the love of her life, Donald W. Carr. There was not enough housing because of the war, so Don and Pat lived in a railroad presidential car, where she would hang the laundry to dry on other railroad cars that were nearby.
The married couple then built a house in Petaluma, where three of their children were born, before moving to Healdsburg, and then to Ukiah, where her fourth child was born. It was in Atascadero in 1958 where her fifth and last child was born. Don worked as an electronic technician at Atascadero State Hospital and Pat worked as a nurse’s aid at Atascadero General Hospital. She enjoyed working with the elderly people and always said it was important to make them feel special when in their last years. When Atascadero General closed, she began work at San Luis Obispo General in the nursery and she enjoyed that just as much.
When Pat and Don retired, they did some traveling but also enjoyed spending time with their grandchildren. Camping and going to the movies was a favorite pasttime.
Pat joined numerous clubs, the Doll club being her favorite, to stay busy after the passing of Don in 1997 at the age of 77. She continued to travel some by taking a trip with Elder Hostel to New York and then a cruise ship to England, the birth place of her father.
She was someone who liked to smile and truly enjoyed being around her family. Pat will be missed and forever remembered by her five daughters and their husbands: Linda Carr & Robert Maxwell, Diane & Steve Lieberman, Donna & Richard Moore, Peggy & Frank Hoshino, and Carol & Bill Hopper and her grandchildren: Robin & Scott Parvin, Zoe Ghali, Tara & Grant Lieberman, Sundance Bowman, Cody Moore, Nessa Garcia, Jade & Jasmine Hoshino, and Jennifer Armstrong and great-grandchildren: Laila Ghali, Malcolm Bowman, Reagen & Rylee Garcia, Alex & Kyle Armstrong, and step-grandchildren: Logan, Maddox, & Peyton Chadwick, and Abigail Matthews.
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