Patricia A. Perry was born on July 5, 1935, in Hood River, Ore., to Russ and Gladys Volstorff. She passed away on August 2, 2017, in Canby, Ore., after a long and courageous medical battle. While she received wonderful med-ical care in her facility in Canby, she missed her friends in The Dalles, Ore., very much.
Pat’s family lived in Georgia during the war but returned to the Columbia Gorge. She spent most of her school years in The Dalles. She graduated from Pendleton High School and kept friends from both schools her en-tire life. In 1957 she married Darrell Perry and started their family in Baker, Ore. Her daughter, Lisa, and son, Russell, were born there. Shortly thereafter, the family moved to The Dalles, and sons, Lyle and Bill were born a few years later. After quickly figuring out that staying home with four kids drove her crazy Pat started working again, first doing books at the family car dealership, Volstorff Motors, and the Recreation and later opening The Dresser Drawer with her friend Mary Lou, first on Fourth Street, moving later to Second Street. She loved the relationships with all of her fellow downtown merchants, including friends she’d had since high school. Upon closing the store, she took a job that eventually turned into the business manag-er at Maryhill Museum, which became a passion. She often noted that she “took care of everything that wasn’t art.” Her col-leagues at Maryhill be-came family and she was sad to leave when medical issues forced her retire-ment after many years.
Pat was preceded in death by her parents;husband Darrell in 2013; and her sister, Salle just recently. She is survived by all four children; daughter-in-laws Dianna and Angi; and four grand-children, Steven, Mckay-la, Tyler and Nick, all of whom she loved dearly.
While Pat requested that there be no services, the family knows that she loved to get together with friends over a cocktail or glass of wine, so they’ll be hosting a very infor-mal gathering at the Bald-win Saloon, 205 Court Street, The Dalles, Satur-day, August 12, from 2-4 p.m. Please feel free to join us to raise a glass in her honor. We will also be hosting a small function in November at Maryhill Museum, details to follow. If you’d like to contact the family please contact Lisa at (360) 623-9545 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anyone wishing to make a memorial contribution in her name, is re-quested by the family to make it to Maryhill Museum of Art, 35 Maryhill Museum Drive, Golden-dale, Wash. 98620.
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