Patricia Nolan passed away in her home in Smith River where she resided next to beautiful Rowdy Creek on Jan. 29. She was 71 years old.
She was born in Queen of Angels Hospital, Los Angeles, and was the youngest of two children born to the late Clyde and Mary (Ronnie) Roser. Later the Roser family moved to Norwalk and lived there for over 20 years. She graduated from Sante Fe High School in Sante Fe Springs in 1964. In high school she was involved with the drama club and the cheer team and Tall Flags. She drove a classic Mustang that she loved and was very proud of.
Pat went to work immediately after high school doing secretarial work and had a strong work ethic that she inherited from both her parents. As a single mom of two, Pat often had to work two jobs at a time to make ends meet but did so without complaint to provide for her children. Her parents relocated to Crescent City shortly after Clyde retired from Pacific Power. In 1989 she also moved to Crescent City and worked as a secretary to the warden of the SHU Unit at Pelican Bay when the prison opened.
Pat was a woman of many talents. During her younger years she loved the beach and ocean fishing. She was a very savvy antique collector and acquired many beautiful pieces over the years from flea markets and yard sales. She had a keen eye for spotting treasures and negotiating prices. She was also an accomplished gardener and had a green thumb like no other. In her spare time she could often be found with her hands in the dirt planting flowers and bulbs. All plants she touched always flourished and thrived. She passed this love of flowers to her granddaughters who spent many hours with her planting and landscaping with her.
She was a lover of cats and dogs and had many rescue animals over the years. Her grandchildren gave her the nickname “cat lady” after all the feral cats she fed and rescued. She also rescued several dogs, her beloved “Ginger” and “Hank” that she saved.
Pat spent the last several peaceful years of her life near her family in Smith River and could always be found cheering on her granddaughters, Brook and Shay, at all of their sporting events. She never missed a game and was their biggest fan.
She is survived by her brother, Mike Roser and Mimie Roser; daughter, Michele Nolan (Dees) & Rich Dees; son, Timothy Nolan and Kristy Nolan; grandson, Jordan Hartman; granddaughters, Ashleigh Hartman, Brook Nolan and Shay Nolan. She was preceded in death by her beloved parents, Clyde and Mary (Ronnie) Roser.
We love you, Mom, and miss you. You are gone too soon but you will always be with us.
The family asks that any donations be made in her name to the Humane Society of Del Norte County.
— Submitted by family