Patricia Elizabeth Carty, 93, passed away peacefully May 29, 2019, at the home she had built 56 years ago in Lake Oswego, Ore. Known affectionately throughout her family as “Aunt Pat”, she was the youngest and last surviving of six children born to Irish immigrants, James and Anna (McFall) Carty. Patricia was born Feb. 28, 1926, in Chehalis, Wash., and attended Napavine, Wash., schools, where she was valedictorian of the class of 1944. She graduated from Centralia Junior College in 1947.
Between high school and junior college, during the latter stages of World War II, she worked at the Boeing plant in Chehalis, making parts for the B-17 and B-29 aircrafts. Patricia was part of an iconic group of women known as the “Rosie the Riveters”.
She graduated magna cum laude from Marylhurst College in 1949, receiving her bachelor of science in education. Patricia began her teaching career in the newly formed Evergreen School District in Vancouver, Wash., teaching sixth through ninth grades from 1949 to 1957. From 1957 to 1960, she taught in the United States Armed Forces Department of Army Civilians (DAC) school system in Baumholder, Germany, and traveled extensively through Europe, Africa and the Middle East. During this time, Patricia made initial contact with relatives in Ireland and established lasting relationships that continue within the extended Carty family today. A highlight of those years was taking her mother, who was born and raised in Belfast, back to visit her homeland and family, as well as touring the continent.
After returning to the United States and teaching for a year, she left to teach in Okinawa, Japan. During this time, Patricia traveled extensively throughout Asia. She returned in 1963, and she became a resident of Lake Oswego. Patricia then taught in various Clackamas County schools until her retirement after 36 years of teaching.
Her time in Europe and Asia allowed her to experience her passion for travel and the arts, particularly the opera. Patricia was particularly fond of Paris and the French people. After retirement, she spent many years in her home as the caregiver for her mother, a sister and a brother when each were in their last stages of life.
She was well known as the family historian and as such passed along a significant amount of family genealogy and information for successor generations.
Her fondness for “pugs and pussycats”, of which she had several over the years, was well known by anyone who knew her. In her last days of hospice care, she was particularly comforted by the visit of pugs brought in to visit by local individuals, including a former student.
Patricia was proud of her Irish/Catholic heritage and was a strong supporter of Democratic and progressive causes. She gave generously to support the less fortunate as well as animal rescue/support groups. Patricia was a member of the Rivergrove, Ore., Lionesses Club, Resurrection Catholic Church and Our Lady of the Lake Parish in Lake Oswego.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by sisters, Marie Close, Eileen Albrecht and Kathleen Pea; brothers, Kevin and Leo Carty; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Funeral mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 15, 2019, at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Lake Oswego. A reception will follow in the parish hall. Burial will be at Napavine Cemetery at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 22, 2019. Father John Marshall will officiate at both services.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Hustad Funeral Home in Portland, Ore., and Sticklin Funeral Chapel in Centralia, Wash. Viewing will take place at Sticklin from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, June 21, 2019.
It was her strong desire that in lieu of flowers, memorials be in the form of donations to such groups as the Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, Altzheimer’s Association or a charity of choice. Additionally, donations can be made to the Napavine High School Scholarship fund, where in recognition of her long service as a teacher, a scholarship will be established in her name.
“Forti Et Fideli Nihil Difficle”
(To the Brave and Faithful Nothing is Difficult).