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Patricia Chatfield


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Patricia Chatfield Obituary
No one loved life more than Patricia Chatfield. In winter she skied Purgatory almost daily and traveled the world. She hoisted champagne in Spring to the train as it steamed out of hibernation and hiked Engineer just for the wildflowers.

Born Helen Patricia McNamara on November 25, 1929 she grew up in Santa Barbara, graduated Walla Walla University, earned a laboratory technology degree at USC and worked at UCLA Medical Center. She had two children from her first marriage, then married Blake Chatfield, with whom she sailed the California coast and Caribbean, then traveled Mexico, camping their trailer near pyramids, coastal towns and volcanoes until they found Durango.

Patricia made friends easily, loved art, the symphony, books and Music in the Mountains. She could argue details of Lord of the Rings or recite lineage of British royalty and its scandals. She loved songbirds, elk, Southwest art and chocolate milkshakes.

Patricia slipped away peacefully May 8, 2017. She is survived by husband Blake, brother Dr. James McNamara and family, her children Peggy and Michael Peattie, his wife Terry, their daughter Nadia. In memorial, please make donations to the Natural Resources Defense Fund.
Published in The Durango Herald on May 11, 2017
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