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Nora Anita (Bellamy) Patera

 


Nora Anita (Bellamy) Patera was born May 23, 1939, in Ontario, California, and named after her maternal grandmother, Nora Kendall. She was the third surviving child whose two older siblings, ages 2 and 3, called her “Baby” until she announced one day that she did not want to be called Baby anymore. She pointedly declared, “My name is Anita.” And so it was from then on.

Anita moved with her family to a location northwest of Goldendale, where they lived across the road from the Blockhouse Store. Early on, she was selected to be her mother’s helper in the home while her two older siblings worked on the dairy farm with their father. She used her spare time in the house to teach herself to play the piano and became sufficiently proficient to play for church services, weddings, etc. Her favorite score to play was “The Chariot Race,” theme song of the movie Ben Hur. She attended the Church of the Nazarene and was part of, with four other girls in the church, “The Golden Bell Quintet of Goldendale,” which sang in local churches.

Anita married Hank Patera on Nov. 6, 1955; their son Joe was born June 11, 1958. Much of her life was spent seeking educational and occupational opportunities for Joe and matching that with appropriate career choices for her and Hank. They moved at least 40 times during their married life. They lived in Goldendale, Bingen, The Dalles, California, many places around Portland, Oregon­­, and several locations in the Blockhouse area. They even became owners of the house in which Anita grew up, across the road from the Blockhouse Store. Anita’s favorite place to live, however, was the Hawaiian Islands. Anita and Hank, and even Joe, worked with housing complexes in Kona, Hawaii.

Anita was well-respected for her abilities in other phases of management. She was selected for the management training program at Tektronics, Inc. in Portland; she was a sought-after preparer of income tax returns and was the chief civil deputy of the Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office when Karen von Borstel was sheriff.

Her strong faith in Jesus Christ carried her through many valleys and gave her strength in difficult times. She kept a neat house and was gifted in hospitality. There was always a bowl of fruit on the kitchen counter, soda in the refrigerator, cookies in the cupboard, and most of all, hot coffee ready for guests. Her smile and general demeanor welcomed many visitors to her home. Her flowers were always well-kept.

Anita was preceded in death by a baby brother; her parents, Paul and Dolores Bellamy; and three nieces and one nephew. She is survived by her husband Hank and son Joe; one brother, Lloyd (Pearl) of Goldendale; four sisters, Nancy (Ed) Pohlreich of Ravensdale, Washington, Dixie (Bob) Fitch of Winston, Oregon, Molly (Dan) of Goldendale, and Paula (Randy) of Flower Mound, Texas; and many nieces and nephews who all kept her as a favorite aunt. Anita died on Sept. 13, 2016, in The Dalles, Oregon­­. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

 

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