Patricia B. Greetham of Lakebay died Dec. 25, 2016. She was 83 years old.
She was born in Seattle to Jim and Melva Brooks. The family later moved to Issaquah, where she grew up in the Village Theater, owned by her father. She graduated from Issaquah High School as valedictorian of the 1951 class. She received a partial scholarship to Washington State College where she earned a bachelor of arts in social services in 1955, her profession until retirement. She served the YWCA as a state caseworker and in a number of nursing homes, including Rocky Bay and Cottesmore.
Greetham met her future husband, Don, at the South Tacoma Community Church. They were married in January 1960 in a home ceremony at her parents’ place on West Lake Sammamish. They moved to their lifetime home in Lakebay in 1962, where they raised five children and entertained an enormous number of guests.
Among her many accomplishments, Greetham served as editor of two church newspapers and the Key Peninsula News. She was president of the Friends of the Library and also organized a utilities committee to improve services to the Key Peninsula. She was extremely active with civic center projects, including a huge bicentennial celebration she organized in 1976 that was chosen by the Legislature as the best in Washington.
A member of Harbor Bible Church, Greetham devoted vast amounts of time to Camp Woodworth in Lakebay and hosted Bible studies, missionary gatherings and Sunday school picnics. She will also be remembered as an avid Cougar, as very Irish, and as a direct descendant of Scottish preacher John Knox.
Greetham is survived by her husband of 57 years, Don; brother Jim (Gerda) Brooks of Sammamish City, sister Joan (Del) Marker of Frederickson; sons Tom (Carol), Jim (Cindy), Dave (Maya Wilson), Mark (Beth) and daughter Janette (Mark) Thomas; granddaughter Ann; grandsons Trevor and Brandon; and many other loving relatives and friends.
For those wishing to donate in her memory, Camp Woodworth in Lakebay and the Care Net Pregnancy Center in Gig Harbor meant much to her.
Her family thanks her health care providers Dean Shriner, Dr. William Roes and the staff of the Key Peninsula Clinic; Dr. John Campbell and the staff of St. Anthony Hospital; Don Zimmerman, Ian Warren and the employees at Cost Less Pharmacy; and Dr. Paul Kadzik and his dental staff.
A memorial service will be held at Chapel Hill Church in Gig Harbor Feb. 18 at 1 p.m. Haven of Rest arranged her burial at Vaughn Cemetery Jan. 6.