Helen "Pegi" Patterson
May 13, 1941 ~ January 27, 2008

8 years has now past....
I need you now more than ever...
I feel anger that you had to go too young!
I never thought this would be my life, at nearly 50.
You are so loved, too loved...to the point I feel my heart is breaking still.

When will the pain ease up?
Some years better than others this past year I NEEDED YOU.
You were the best, brought me peace, confidence,
I knew there was always you.
Thank you for being the best darn mom in the world!
I wish I could have what we had with my girls. It's so hard.
I miss you more than ever!I love you!!!
-your daughter Suzie

Tribute to MOM
(powerpoint from service)

Pegi's Ashes were spread on the top of MT. BROKENTOP
Summer 2012


was held: Saturday, April 19th
Sacred Heart Hospital Auditorium
Eugene, Oregon
4:30 PM ~ 6:00 PM
A gathering after the memorial
is planned to be held at the
Oregon Electric Station for those whom would like
to mingle and visit with our family...
We'd love to see you there if you can't make the service.

Also, thank you to everyone! Matt & Suzie really appreciate all your support.
We had a great time seeing everyone that loved our MOM too.

Sunday, January 27, 2008
Pegi lost her battle with Ocular Metastatic Melanoma

Born Helen Margaret Winter on May 13th, 1941, Pegi grew up in the farming community of Ontario Oregon.

She graduated from Nyssa High School in 1959. She worked as an RN for approx. 40 total years in various Hospitals and Units.

She went to nursing school at the Good Samaritan School of Nursing in Portland Oregon.

She was in the US Airforce Reserves and was a first lieutenant. "Pegi" married Kenneth D. Patterson Jr. in 1965. They had two children, Susan Patterson in 1966 and Matthew Patterson in 1971.

She worked on the floor as an RN at the Hood River Memorial Hospital for many years before moving to Eugnee and becoming an ICU RN at Eugene's Sacred Heart Hospital for 18 years.

She lived in Portland, Hood River, Eugene, before eventually moving to Redmond Oregon in 2004.

She worked at St. Charles of Bend's CCU for the final 2 years of her nursing career before retiring.

She lost a battle with Ocular Metastatic Melanoma and passed away on January 27th, 2008. She is survived by her daughter Susan, 42 Redmond OR and her son Matthew, 37, Phoenix AZ, three grandchildren Lexi, 12, Nicole 4 and Amanda 3.

She was a great mother and grandmother and took tremendous pride in her nursing career.

Anyone that knew Pegi, loved her.

You will be sorely missed by all the people you have touched.

Found other obituary

Pegi was born May 13, 1941, to Wilson and Leona Winter and attended schools in the Nyssa/ Adrian area. She was active in student government, FFA and 4-H. She served as an Honored Queen in Job’s Daughters and was a member of the high school concert band, receiving high ratings in statewide band and solo festivals. She graduated from Nyssa High School in 1959, moved to Portland, Ore., and received her registered nursing certification from Good Samaritan Hospital. Following nurse’s training, she served in the Air Force Reserves as a 1st lieutenant before marrying Kenneth D. Patterson in 1965. Pegi and Ken had a daughter, Suzie, in 1966, followed by a son, Matt, in 1971. During the years in Hood River, Pegi enjoyed her experiences as a mom, trawler fisherman and as an RN at the local hospital. In 1984, Pegi and the kids moved to Eugene, Ore., where she continued her career at Eugene Hospital/Clinic. She then worked in the ICU at Eugene’s Sacred Heart Medical Center in 1987, until moving to Redmond, Ore., to be closer to her daughter in 2004. After years of tirelessly assisting people with their own medical issues, Pegi retired from Bend’s St. Charles Hospital in 2006 to focus energy on her own battle with ocular melanoma. When cancer finally took her on Jan. 29, 2008, she had fought to the end with her own quiet dignity and tremendous strength. We will miss her appreciation of laughter, sailing and the sea, sports TV, bengal cats, “going outside for a bit” and her undying love of her children and grandchildren. As a legacy “Gramma Piggy” leaves three beautiful granddaughters, Lexi, Nicole and Amanda; and her children, Suzie, Matt and daughter-in-law, Suzanne. She is survived by her mother, Leona; and brothers, Jon (Dick) and Harley (Sid); her sister, Mary Jean; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. Services will be held 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Sacred Heart Hospital Auditorium, Eugene, Ore., on April 19, 2008, followed by a gathering at Eugene’s Oregon Electric Station Restaurant.


There are no words this year, really.... just so much pain.

If you would like to contact the family, you may contact Susan Patterson (daughter)
via email: surfsuze@gmail.com

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