|Birth: ||Nov. 29, 1928|
|Death: ||Jan. 2, 2007|
Patricia Ann Barry was born on Nov. 29. 1928, in Reno, Nevada, to Laurance and Edna Russell Fee. She passed away on Jan. 2, 2007, at the Lake District Hospital in Lakeview, Ore., from cancer-related causes. She was 78 years old.
Pat spent most of her youth in Surprise Valley on her parents' ranch in Fort Bidwell, Calif. The ranch was established in 1867 by Pat's pioneer great-grandparents James and Martha Fee.
Pat attended high school in Reno, Nev., and, after graduating from high school, attended the University of Nevada at Reno, where she earned B.A. and M.A. degrees in history. She then spent several years in Germany, where she taught English courses to enlisted men during the Korean War.
Upon returning to the United States, Pat began her career as a high school teacher. Her first teaching position was at Yuba City High School. She next taught at Tulelake High School. The majority of her teaching career and her final teaching position was at Surprise Valley High School in Cedarville, Calif. At Surprise Valley High School, Pat taught English literature and was also a student counselor. She once estimated that she had over 1,300 students in her career.
Always considering how she might help her students advance their education, Pat taught not only basic English lessons, but a variety of related subjects ranging from Latin conjugation to oratory presentations. She was beloved by her students for this variety of education and her down-to-earth good humor. Many of her pupils have kept in contact with her over the years.
Pat Barry was extremely well read and enjoyed many forms of art. While teaching at Surprise Valley High School, she initiated the practice of taking students to Ashland, Ore., to attend the Shakespearean Festival. Pat also directed and choreographed several student productions during her tenure, including an all-community cabaret in 1976 in commemoration of the national bicentennial.
Pat was also a prolific writer. She wrote numerous articles for the Modoc County Historical Journal, for which she served as editor for many years. She also wrote numerous articles for magazines, such as Range Magazine, and for newspapers. In addition to the individual articles, Pat authored several ongoing series such as the "Echoes" series she wrote for the Modoc County Record.
She was an accomplished genealogist. In addition to the genealogies she assembled for her family, she was always happy to assist anyone who might need a helping hand in historical matters from genealogy to the early settlement of Surprise Valley. In her later years, she enjoyed visiting historical places of the Great Basin with friends and explaining the history of the area. Evenings were spent at the local fishing hole.
Throughout her life, Pat Barry held a deep affection for Surprise Valley and Modoc County. She loved all things related to ranching, but most of all she was drawn to horses, caring for, training, and most of all riding them.
Without a doubt, Pat's greatest love was her family and friends. In recent correspondence to one of her students, Pat wrote, "At the end of the day, or at least getting into the afternoon, my greatest accomplishment is having my sons to admire and love. Secondly, my friends. So be it. Life does not rewind."
Over the years, Pat developed long-term friendships with a number of remarkable people who continued to assist her in her final difficult years. Her family is immensely grateful for the generosity and love bestowed upon her by these wonderful friends.
Pat will be dearly missed by all who knew her.
Pat is survived by her brother Jim Fee and wife Susie; her son Ernest James Givan and family, Acinda, Fernando, Elizabeth, and Christian; her son James L. Olmsted and son Sage Fox. Also surviving Pat are her nephews and nieces Will Cahill and wife Susie, Hugh Cahill and wife Lesa, Joe Cahill and wife Chandra, and Frank Cahill and wife Cynthia, Tom Fee and wife Alyssa, Shannon May and husband Matt, Katie Fee, Mary Gates and husband Byron; grandnephews and grandnieces including James, Jackie, Bill, Donna, Terry, Carley and Rachel Cahill; Savannah, Bailey, Jake, and Grace Fee; Jackie, Jeffery, Christopher and Sam May; Taylor and Justin Ritchie; Caralina and Amanda Gates.
Pat was preceded in death by her parents Laurance and Edna Fee, her sister and brother-in-law Martha and Terry Cahill, and husband Nick Barry.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Jan. 6, 2007, at noon at the Fort Bidwell Community Church. Pallbearers are Will, Hugh, Joe, Frank, James and Bill Cahill, and John Cales. Honorary pallbearers are Jim Hobbs and Terry Cahill.
Donations in memory of Pat Barry may be made to Fort Bidwell Civic Club or Fort Bidwell Cemetery c/o Jane Higgins, P.O. Box 124, Fort Bidwell, CA 96112, or the Modoc County Historical Society, 600 Main St., Alturas, CA 96101.
Ousley Osterm an Huffstutter Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements. [MODOC COUNTY RECORD]
Laurence J. Fee (1903 - 1989)
Edna Russell Fee (1905 - 1980)
Nicholas Lofftus Barry (1920 - 1982)
Patricia Ann Fee Barry (1928 - 2007)
Martha Diane Fee Cahill (1935 - 2001)*
Fort Bidwell Cemetery
Created by: JMFerguson
Record added: Jul 24, 2010
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