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Patricia Smith Larsen Cavanaugh

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 24th, 2013

CAVANAUGH—Patricia Smith Larsen Cavanaugh, 85, formerly of Florence, passed away Dec. 1, 2012.

Patricia (known to most as Pat) was born in Santa Barbara, Calif., to Andrew Eugene (Gene) Smith and Audrey Juanita Ownby Smith on Sept. 26, 1927.

The family moved back and forth between California and Oregon, following jobs that were tough to find during the Depression. She became a big sister when her brother David Eugene was born in 1932. Pat attended grade school in California and high school in West Linn and Beaverton, Ore.

She and her first husband, Frank Larsen, met while they both worked for Southern Pacific Railroad in Portland, Ore. They were married in Huber, Ore., in 1947. Their daughter, Penny Louise, was born in Hillsboro, Ore., in 1949, and the three moved to Florence in 1954.

Pat worked at various jobs in Florence, including the Montgomery Ward Catalog Store, Wilson’s Flower Shop, and the Florence Clinic. She was very active in the Order of Eastern Star in Florence and later in Myrtle Creek, serving as Worthy Matron in both chapters.

She and Frank were also members of the Guardian Council for Job’s Daughters. She was a member of St. Paul’s American Lutheran Church in Florence, which was later called the New Life Center. She sang in the choir and especially enjoyed participating in the Christmas programs.

Pat loved visiting with friends and attending Siuslaw Viking sporting events. Pat and Frank were divorced in 1970.

Pat eventually lived in Eugene, Roseburg and Myrtle Creek before returning to Florence in 1985 to care for her ailing parents.

Her mother, Audrey, passed away in 1985, and her father, Gene, died in 1986.

She met and married Leo Cavanaugh in Florence in 1986.

They moved to the Salem, Canby, Woodburn, Portland, Hillsboro and Oregon City areas. They attended Christian churches near each place they lived. They worked as a team, becoming managers of various apartment complexes.

Pat worked in the office while Leo did the maintenance.

In 2003, Pat moved into an assisted living facility in Canby, then an adult Foster Care Home in Oregon City, and finally a nursing home in West Linn, where she lived at the time of her death.

She passed away from complications of Alzheimer’s Disease at the age of 85.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Penny and Al Hendrickson, of Warren, Ore.; her aunt Betty Thayer of Eugene; her sister-in-law, Zilpha Mink Smith, also of Eugene; nieces, nephews, and many cousins.

She was preceded in death by both of her husbands, Frank and Leo; her brother, David Eugene Smith, of Eugene; and her niece, Debra Jo, of Washington.

A short, joint service will be held for Pat and Leo at their gravesite on the hill in the cremation section of Pacific Sunset Cemetery in Florence, on Sept. 28, beginning at 2 p.m.

Donations can be made to the Home Endowment Committee of Eastern Star of Oregon, 707 Main St. Suite 400, Oregon City, OR 97045.

Arrangements are being made by Burns’s Riverside Chapel Florence Funeral Home.

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