After a lengthy battle with cancer, Patricia Ann Anderson Widhalm died surrounded by her family on January 14th, 2018 in Portland, Oregon at the age of 71. She leaves behind her daughter, Libby Anne Shah (husband Maulin), and her grandchildren Maya and Kamran.
Pat was born on November 21, 1946 in Great Falls, Montana, to father Howard Anderson and mother Anne. She grew up in a large, loving family on the family farm in Power, graduating from Power High School in 1965. She attended Northern Montana College right after high school and then went back to school to complete her Bachelor of Arts at Carroll College, graduating in 1989 with a degree in Medical Record Administration.
Pat lived most of her adult life in Olympia, Washington where she raised her daughter Libby. She worked in medical records and as a financial case manager at Providence St. Peter Hospital where she retired after 20 years of service. While she was first and foremost a “Montana girl”, she embraced her Washington community - especially the Seahawks, the Mariners, and the North Thurston High School band!
Pat loved to go to all of Libby’s school events and would look for any excuse to spend time with her daughter. She never missed a marching competition with the band and chaperoned almost all the trips the band took. They also enjoyed their weekly Mexican food from Pepper’s as they watched their favorite TV shows. Pat was blessed to be able to attend Libby’s wedding in July. She was radiant in her red dress and dancing shoes and was so happy to see her daughter in love and the merging of two wonderful families.
Each year, Pat made frequent trips to her beloved Montana - going back to the farm where she was raised and always up for new adventures with her family (and never missing a chance to stop at the St. Regis travel center for some Montana swag!) She loved to camp and fish, especially if she could use her little red boat and take along her sisters. Whether it was sitting around a fire visiting or playing (and cheating) at cards, she was always surrounded by people who loved her.
Pat gave ovarian cancer a run for its money. She lived with the disease for the last six years of her life and never let it slow her down. She participated in research trials and proved to the world that people can live - and thrive - with cancer. Her participation will touch the lives of all those who come after her and will help us all to beat this disease once and for all. She remained a brave, determined, and spunky woman, even throughout her final months.
Pat was preceded in death by her father Howard and brother Kenny. She is survived by her daughter Libby Anne Shah and her family as well as her mother Anne Anderson, her siblings Kathy Anderson (Dusty), Mary Eggebraten (Doug), Laureen Lackman (Greg), Dave Anderson (Candy) and Warren Anderson. She dearly loved her eight nieces and nephews, Kris, Cole, Brian, Jordyn, Kena, David, Shane and JD.
A memorial service will be held in Power, Montana on February 18th at 12:30pm at the Power Community Hall. An additional memorial service will be held on March 3rd at 11am in Olympia, Washington at Woodlawn funeral home. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition.