Pat was born July 27, 1927, in Albany to Merle and Merrill Tycer.
Her family arrived in Oregon by covered wagon in 1845. John Crabtree built a raft to come down the Columbia River. When his wife went into labor, they came ashore on the Oregon side and it was thought that she delivered the first white twins born in Oregon, which Pat was a descendent.
Pat attended Oregon State College until she married James “Royce” Widmer on Nov. 23, 1947. They tried to operate a green bean farm in Albany, but the weather didn’t cooperate. They heard about being able to buy a share at Brookings Plywood, so they moved to Brookings in 1953 and built their first of three homes.
Pat was a bookkeeper at several businesses, including the Port of Brookings Harbor. In the mid-1960s, she went to work for Chetco Federal Credit Union, ultimately becoming one of the first women CEOs in Oregon. She retired from a 20-year profession.
She began volunteering at the Chetco Activity Center, serving meals, participating in the Meals on Wheels program, processing income taxes and taking care of people’s checkbooks and bills. She also served as the center’s president for several years.
She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and the Red Hat Ladies. She belonged to several pinochle groups and played bunco and bingo for fun.
Pat had an amazing green thumb and all of her yards were a work of art. She loved plants.
Pat passed away on Sept. 3 in Eugene from complication with cancer.
She is survived by son Buzz (Sharmon), daughter Lorna (Cliff), son-in-law Steve Smith, brother George (Mabel), six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by husband Royce, daughter Jerri Sue Smith, her parents and sister Jerry.
Pat was an honest person with integrity in all she did. She lived a good life and will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
Submitted by the family.