Pauline Patten

Obituary of Pauline Mary Patten

November 26, 1947 – April 24, 2018

It is with heavy hearts that the family of Pauline Mary Patten announces her peaceful passing at Points West Hospice in Grande Prairie, AB on April 24, 2018 at the age of 70 with her family by her side. 

Pauline was born in St. Andrew’s, NF on November 26, 1947 to Beatrice and Louis Poirier.  She had 12 siblings:  Fred (Margurite), Paul (Margaret), Anne (Albert), Mike (Anne), Bill (Betty), Lucy, Joe (Jeanette), Leo (Bea), Agnes (Robert), Rose (Leo), Bernie (Mona), Fran (Ken).

Pauline married Robert Patten on July 16, 1966 and together they had three daughters.

Her home was in Labrador City until 1977 when the family moved to Fort McMurray, AB, where they raised their family there but later divorced.

Pauline moved to Yellowknife NT in 1987 and during her time there worked at the Ruth Inch Memorial Pool.  She was well known in the community due to her employment at the pool, outgoing personality and zest for life.  She walked circles around everyone.

Pauline moved to Calgary AB in 1996 and met her partner Frank Grochmal.  They were together for many years, retired together and moved to Nova Scotia. 

Pauline moved to Grande Prairie AB in 2014 to be closer to her family.

Pauline was predeceased by her mother Beatrice and father Louis.  Her brothers: Fred, Paul, Mike, Bill, Leo and Bernie.  Her sisters:  Anne, Lucy, and Rose.  Her husband Robert Patten and her partner Frank Grochmal.

Left to mourn her are her children Patricia (Art) Allen, Susan (Glen) Comerford, and Cynthia (Clint) Oliver.  Her Grandchildren Chandra Oliver, James Oliver, Alicia (Jack) Howald and Robert Skare.

Her surviving siblings are: her two sisters: Agnes (Rob Jardine) Poirier,  Fran (Ken) Hale  and her brother Joe (Jeanette) Poirier.  She had many nieces and nephews that she loved dearly.

Pauline will be remembered for her friendly way, contagious laugh and fierce love of her family.  She had a way with words and the ability to make people laugh with her quirky Newfoundland sayings and witty sense of humor.   She loved Willy Nelson, marmalade, talking on the phone, dancing, and giving everyone holy old hell.  She did things her way -always.  She was a very strong woman who overcame obstacles, raised three teenage daughters and worked hard to provide for her family. She had some very special friends who she stayed in touch with her whole life: Maureen Murphy, Evelyn Macdonald, Lynda Buyck and Theresa Patten.

The family wishes to send special thanks to Dr. Akolo, Dr. Barreth, the staff on 3 North at the QEII Hospital, the wonderful staff at Hospice, the local Catholic Church (volunteers) and Father Leo.

Move on over Angels – make way for Mom.  She always said she was going to dance out of here!

In lieu of flowers please send your favorite memories and stories for family to compile into a special memorial scrapbook.  If so desired a donation to Points West Hospice in Pauline's name would be greatly appreciated.  Send to Hospice Palliative Care Society,  #206, 10134 97 Avenue, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 7X6 or, in honor of Pauline - call your mom often and tell her you love her.

A Celebration of Life will be held for Pauline at a later date in St. Andrew’s NF.

Care entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home 780-830-7742