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Patricia Hoctor Padilla


February 27, 2019

Patricia "Patty" Hoctor Padilla passed into Elysian peace on Dec. 13, 2018. She was 85 years young.

Born May 6, 1933 in Goldendale to father, Frederick Charles Hoctor, and mother, Neva Lois Spalding Hoctor Morgan, she lived her life with the values instilled in her by her family. Her parents and youngest brother, Frederick Hoctor, preceded her into Heaven, and she is survived by her younger brother, Michael (Georganne) Hoctor and sisters, Suzy Bee and Linda (Charles) Amidon.

After completing grade and high school in Goldendale, she attended Washington State College in Pullman. There she met and married Frank Gustavo Padilla from Florence, Arizona. They embarked on a career serving our country, Frank as an Officer in the U.S. Air Force and Patty as a military wife and mother of six children.

Their service took them across the globe, from Montana to Spain, from Massachusetts to California, from Panama to North Carolina and many points in between. Patty grew into a "grand ol' Nana" who adored her six children, 17 grandchildren, and 15 great grandchildren. She is preceded by her infant daughter, Kathleen Isabella, and survived by children, Rebecca "Becki" (Jeff) Gardner of Castroville, Texas; Frank (Vickie) Padilla, Vacaville, California; Christina "Nina" Padilla (Kenny Plum), of Denver, Colorado; Frederick "Quico" (Cindy) Padilla of Quantico, Virginia; David (Lynne) Padilla of Poteet, Texas; and Theresa "Tita" (Scott) Reich of Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Patty's 17 beloved grandchildren are Kris (Kristin) Padilla, Katy (Ryan) Schaeffer, Michael Turner, Frank (Tori) Padilla, Samantha Padilla, Bonnie Padilla, Zachary Tizzard, Anna (Justin) Davis, Laura Padilla, Peter (Jimena) Padilla, Joshua Patrick (Kayleigh) Tizzard, Ricky (Nicole), Padilla, Taylor Della Valle, Nick (Kara) Reich, Brendan Reich, David Padilla, and Amy Padilla.

As the matriarch of her family, Patty's heart swelled further with love, joy, and pride over her 15 great-grandchildren: Luke Padilla, Elena Turner, Reese Schaeffer, Jacob Hernandez, Ava Turner, Amalie Padilla, Garrett Schaeffer, Henry Padilla, Logan Davis, Autumn Padilla, Tyson Davis, Jake Padilla, Kaylie Padilla, Vivian Schaeffer, and Odessa Padilla. As an inspiration to all of her offspring, there is no doubt Patty's legacy will carry on for many years to come. She will always be a role model for her progeny to aspire to.

Patty's deep love of family also led her to complete a career in civil service. She was a long-time volunteer of the American Red Cross, providing emergency services for disaster relief, including Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Isabel, and in New York City for post 9/11 efforts. In 2002, she was awarded Volunteer of the Year for the American Red Cross, San Antonio Chapter. Patty also served as President of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE).

Patty was patriotic to her core. In addition to serving and encouraging her children and grandchildren to follow tradition and serve in the Armed Forces, she consistently demonstrated her support by wearing only red, white, and blue ever since 9/11. Never one to sit still, she loved to travel, relished in helping others and was always ready for a game of cards. She had an artist's eye, loved to paint, sketch and enjoyed singing, particularly with the officer wives' singing group, the Skylarks and The Village Voices, at Air Force Village, San Antonio, Texas. She loved her game shows and soaps, especially "The Price is Right" and "The Young and the Restless." Stunningly beautiful, Pat was a feisty "fashionista," always dressed beautifully and she put "her face on" no matter where she went. A friend to all, Patty never knew a stranger. She will be sorely missed by all who knew her.

A Funeral Mass will be held at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Goldendale at 11 a.m. on March 16, 2019, followed by Burial at the Catholic Cemetery. Attendees are encouraged to wear red, white, and blue. An Irish Wake and Celebration of Life will be held at the American Legion Hall at 2 p.m. on Saint Patty's Day, March 17, 2019. Attendees are encouraged to wear green. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Patty's name to the American Red Cross.


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