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Patty Jo Rishworth


Patty Jo (McGrew) Rishworth passed away on August 3, 2016

Patty Jo Henning was born on November 6, 1961 in Vancouver, WA to Henry and Laurine Henning. The family lived in N. Bonneville, WA at that time. The family moved to Pt. Angeles when Patty Jo was six months old. Her father gave her the nick name of Tinker after the cartoon character “Tom Tinker”.

In 1970 Tinker’s father died a sudden death due to a heart attack. Her mother then married Richard McGrew of Goldendale and the family moved there. Tinker was just eight.

Tinker took to farming very well, bottle feeding calves and lambs and riding the pony.

When she was ten it was her wish that Richard Adopt her. So in 1973 she became a McGrew.

Tinker was good in school and when she was a freshman she joined FFA and raised a calf given to her by her uncle. She was chosen to be on the FFA judging team.

In 19978 Tinker went to Beauty School in The Dalles, OR. In June of 1981 she married John Rishworth in Goldendale, Her son John Richard was born in 1983 and her daughter Laurine Elizabeth (Laurie Beth) was born in 1985. Soon after her daughter was born the family moved to Lincoln City, OR where they managed the Sandpiper Motel.

Tinker worked as a waitress at Lil’ Black Sambo until she became ill for the past 15 years.

Tinker was very talented. She wrote poems, short stories and letters. She enjoyed doing crafts and started a business making tiles for children with alphabet and numbers on them. Her business was called “Granny’s Tinker Toy”.

Tinker enjoyed her two grandchildren, Mary Rishworth and Alex Rodney. They were the bright spot in her life.

Preceding her in death was her Father, Henry Henning; Adopted father, Richard McGrew; Brother, Terry Henning ; and nephews, Gary Henning Jr., Brian Duncan and grandson James Rodney.

Survivors include: husband, John Rishworth; son, Richard (Ariel) Rishworth; Daughter, Laurie Beth (Jimmy) Rodney, mother, Laurine (McGrew) Hathaway. Sisters: Lila (Tim) Duncan, Donna (Tyree) Johnson, Julie (Randy) Hedin. Brothers: Larry (Tami) Henning, Donald (Cheryl) Henning, Gary (Mona) Henning. Grandchildren: Mary and Alex. There are also many nieces, nephews and cousins.


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