Patricia Leone Barnes-Best, a Hood River, Ore., resident, died Feb. 18, 2009, at her residence surrounded by her family. She was 76 years of age.
A Celebration of Life service will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 24, at 2 p.m. at Anderson’s Tribute Center, her son-in-law and pastor, Joe Castilla, will officiate.
Patricia was born Feb. 1, 1933, in Yakima, Wash., to James and Edith (Berriman) Barnes. She was raised there with five sisters. She met and married Ken Holmes and had six children. They moved to Vermillion, S.D., where they lived and raised their children. They moved back to Yakima, Wash., and then to Hood River.
Ken and Pat later divorced and Pat married Glenn E. Best in 1980, where a whirlwind 30-year romance bloomed.
Glenn and Pat were inseparable. Patricia loved fishing, camping and embroidery. She loved to watch and feed birds of all kinds, whether in their back yard, down by the river, or at the coast. Pat and Glenn never wasted a moment, and were always happy and on to the next trip. They traveled Oregon, Washington and most of the Northwest and Canada in their camper.
Patricia loved to laugh and spend time with family and friends. She had a laugh like no other, and she loved to hum a tune that made her seem so content.
In her younger days she rode horses and rode in the local barrel-racing circuit. She even helped fly Glenn’s Cessna plane one sunny day. She lived life large with happiness in her heart, and always had kind words for everyone.
She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer which she fought diligently for 17 years. When she passed in her sleep, she had just celebrated her 76th birthday, which was attended by all her children.
She is survived by her husband, Glenn Best; seven children and their spouses: Conni and Howard Andersen, of Underwood, Wash., Chris and Joe Castilla, of Canby, Ore., Jim and Jill Holmes, Damon and Kelly Holmes and Eric and Laurie Holmes, all of Hood River, Ore., Lisa Holmes-Bentz, of Canby, Ore., and stepdaughter Robin and Mark Smith, of Cornelius, Ore. Fifteen grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren also survive.
Pat’s family suggests that memorial contributions be made in her memory to Heart of Hospice and sent care of Anderson’s Tribute Center.
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals, Receptions, Cremations), 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, OR 97031; 541-386-1000. Please visit www.andersonstributecenter.com to sign the family guest book.
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