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Sylvia Patnode


February 5, 2020

Sylvia Patnode, former Arlington and Hermiston resident, was born on Sept. 9, 1933, in Yakima, Washington. She died at home in Ione, Oregon, at the age of 86 years. She was raised and attended school in Centerville. Sylvia was united in marriage to Orval Patnode on Nov. 11, 1949, in Grandview, Washington. They lived in Washington and Oregon, settling in Arlington, Oregon, in 1974. They ranched in Arlington and Sylvia worked as a cook at the grade school until 1994, when they moved to Hermiston, Oregon.

She is survived by her sons: Pete Patnode and wife Suzi, Selah, Washington, Joe Patnode and wife Cris, Mikkalo, Oregon; daughters: Paulette Wolfe, Cle Elum, Washington, Peggy Gray and husband Robert L., of George, Washington, Penny Krebs and husband Skye, Ione, Oregon, and April Aamodt and fiancee Scott Phares, Arlington, Oregon; son-in-law: Darrell Aamodt; sisters: Patsy Palmer, Dyan Catlin, and Dawn Thomas; sister-in-law: Kay Kayser; brother-in-law: Herald Catlin; 18 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Sylvia was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Orval Patnode; her parents; a granddaughter, Devin; a grandson, Cayle; brothers: Keith, Mark, and Larry Kayser; a sister, Annice Nogle; and a son-in-law, Richard Wolfe.

Contributions in Sylvia's memory may be made to the Arlington Booster Club or the Cayuse Junior Rodeo Association.

A memorial mass will be held on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, at 11 a.m. at St. Francis Catholic Church, Arlington, Oregon. A luncheon and time of sharing will follow at the Arlington Grade School, Arlington, Oregon.

A private family burial will be held at a later date at the Arlington Cemetery, Arlington, Oregon.

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Burns Mortuary of Hermiston, Oregon, is in care of arrangements.


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