It very difficult to describe a person’s life in a few short words.
Hopefully, by describing some things, the spirit of PATRICIA ANN CHICHESTER will be better understood. It is after all, her spirit that so deeply impacted anyone she knew.
Patricia was born on December 15, 1938 in Sheridan Wyoming, youngest daughter to Oscar and Mabel Turley (Mason). She was sister to middle son, Jack and eldest daughter, Phyllis.
Pat grew up in ranching and farming life. While the Turleys lived in the town of Sheridan, Pat and her family spent much time at the Mason family ranch in nearby Ulm-Ucross. She learned to ride horses early on. Horses and horse culture would remain a touchstone for her throughout life.
An equestrian highlight was when Pat competed for Rodeo Queen at the Sheridan Rodeo in 1958. During those years, Pat’s love for horse culture and native cultures was deepened due to her working on the Crow Indian reservation in southern Montana.
In 1960, Pat married Edward Ramirez in Denver, Colorado. Over the next 12 years, they would have 4 children together; Steve, Scott, Andrea and David.
Pat put her energies into raising her family, while keeping her hands and talents active in various arts and crafts. She had great impact on her kids in those areas.
She also managed to keep part time work as a cashier and manager for varied retail companies.
When Pat and Ed divorced in 1980, she had to go it alone as a single mother. It took great energy and she did her best to meet those difficult challenges.
She then met Howard Chichester and they married in 1985. They lived together until Howard passed in 1999.
A true independent, Pat stayed single for the rest of her life. She would travel back and forth between her Seattle home and her beloved Sheridan.
As an Emblem Club member, part of the Elks Club which Howard introduced her to, she remained active in service and events. She continued to use her potent arts and crafts abilities to design decorations for events and teach others those fine skills.
Pat also had an unabashed love for teddy bears and anything cute. She collected bears and often used them in creative ways.
While she didn’t continue to ride horses in her adult years, horses remained a constant in her reference to what she found beautiful in life. She loved watching rodeo on tv, attending rodeos and other horse show type events.
It turns out that she was the last cowboy or “Cowgirl” as she was affectionately known, of her family line. She will now take that legacy with her.
Patricia Ann was a woman who possessed an unchanging, singular spirit. Anyone who knew her could truly say that she was like no one they had ever met.
Her oldest child, Steve passed suddenly in 1992. She is proudly survived by Scott, Andrea, David, future daughter-in-law Eryn and grandson, James.
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