After a protracted fight with Alzheimer’s, our cherished mother pἀssed away on April 26, 2023, surrounded by love. She still had a twinkle in her eye and a smile that brightened the space even as she neared the end of her life.
She was a friend to everyone throughout her life and enjoyed chit-chatting with people from all walks of life. Her caregivers have cried a lot this week. She was born on July 28, 1937, to Angela Dalo Grim and Blair Grim at the French Hospital in the heart of Los Angeles.
She was the oldest of their children and adored her two siblings, Gloria (Davis) and John. She was fiercely protective of them both. She had many kin in Italy, including Rocco, Rafael, Francisco, Michael, Maria, and Josephine, among other uncles and aunts. Barbara Stephen and Peggy Graham, her cousins, remained longtime friends with her.
She graduated in 1955 from Lincoln High School as a cheerleader. She met William Dean Rogers, the love of her life at this time, and they were wed on November 6, 1955, in the Los Angeles St. Peter’s Catholic Church. Pat and Dean brought up their three children and her sister Gloria in West Valley after relocating to Utah in 1960.
In 1967, they made a move to Bountiful. She enjoyed being outside, and depending on the season, she and Dean might be seen water skiing or snow skiing on the weekends. She enjoyed entertaining. Therefore she made numerous visits to Lake Powell and Echo Reservoir, where she delighted in feeding huge groups of relatives and friends.
She spent many hours in her yard during the week, both inside and outside the house, tending to lovely flowers and plants. She was the queen of the side business, running Patsy’s Plants, which cared for plants in office buildings, selling homes, and reading horoscopes.
In the 1990s, she launched her 1-900 hotline advertisement in the National Enquirer. She was a well-known contributor to the thriving Salt Lake City talk radio market for many years. She frequently visited the Bountiful grocery shop, bank, and post office to see and speak to all her friends.
She was an incredibly creative, hilarious, and unconventional California girl at heart. She was well-known for baking chocolate cakes, playing paddle ball, and frequently seeking pardon instead of approval.
She was also notorious for receiving a careless driving ticket at the Salt Lake County dump. She had a license plate that boldly read “rigatoni” since she was very proud of her Italian origin.
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She is now reunited with all her ancestors in paradise, including Dean, the love of her life, and Ronda (Bob), their daughter.
She is survived by her three children—Dana (Dave), Guy (Yoshi), and honorary daughter Gloria Davis (John)—as well as by eight cherished grandchildren—Jessica, Josh, Spencer, Chelsea, Chris, Tony, Lacy, and Mia—and a large number of great-grandchildren.
Additionally, she had a close relationship with Gloria’s kids, Tyler, Matt, and Jake. We especially thank Jayden, Chantelle, Hector, Amy Flynn, and all the lovely staff at The Ridge at Foothill.
The Italian party will continue at Dana and Dave’s house after the upbeat and musical service on Saturday, May 13, at 11 a.m. at the Mount Olympus Presbyterian Church at 3280 East 3900 South in Salt Lake City.
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