Patricia Ann Whitehead

WHITEHEAD—Patricia Ann Whitehead, 79, of Florence, passed away at her home on April 10, 2017.

Pat was born Nov. 8, 1937, in Alma, Mich., to Kenneth and Gertrude Boyer.

Pat married Alton “Al” Whitehead on April 21, 1956. While living in Reno/Sparks, Nev., and in Salt Lake City, Utah, they raised a family, having two children. In 2001, they moved to Florence.

A housewife and mother throughout most of her life, Pat became a Certified Nurses Assistant (CNA) and worked part-time at nursing homes in the Salt Lake City area. At one time, she also co-owned a business cleaning newly constructed houses before they went on the market.

Pat was a kind and spirited woman who enjoyed doing for others, making others laugh and living life in a giving way. She helped the homeless and donated for many years to the Florence Food Share, and also made contributions to Helping Hands.

She was a member of the Lady of Elks of Florence, where friends fondly referred to her as “Queen Bee 2.” She was also known for her stuffed animal project at the Elks.

She collected the stuffed animals throughout the year to use as decorations on the tables at the annual Elks Community Christmas Dinner and guests were able to take them home. It is a project that will continue in her honor.

Pat and Al were instrumental in setting up and opening the Elks Share Shop thrift store.

Patricia is survived by her daughter, Barb Tyler; and daughter-in-law, Spunky Gray of Dexter, Ore.; her brother Dick Boyer (wife Joyce) of Leesburg, Fla.; her sister, Sandra Nelson of The Villages, Fla.; her brother Kenneth “Butch” Boyer (wife Margaret), of Hubbard, Mich.; and brother Timothy Boyer (wife Staria), of Jacksonville, Fla.

She was preceded in death by her son Bruce A. Whitehead, and husband Al.

A celebration of her life will be held Saturday, June 24, at the Florence Elks Lodge, 1686 12th St., from 2 to 5 p.m.

Memorial contributions can be made in her name to the Elks Community Christmas Dinner.

Burns’s Riverside Chapel Florence Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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