Patricia Oliver Fay Guiberson

San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, USA
Death 6 Sep 2000 (aged 84)
San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, USA
Burial San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, USA
Memorial ID 161013784 · View Source
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Patricia Fay Woods Guiberson, 84 former Coronado, La Jolla businesswoman

In the 1940s, with the fathers of many Coronado children deployed on World War II naval assignments, Patricia Fay Woods addressed a widespread need.

While her physician husband served in the Pacific, Mrs. Woods started a nursery school on Fourth Street.

It was one of many business ventures in which she was involved, ranging from interior decorating to residential real estate.

Mrs. Woods, who retired as a real estate broker in the late 1970s, died of pancreatic cancer Sept. 6 at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. She was 84.

In 1953, Mrs. Woods moved from Coronado to La Jolla. For the next decade, she lived in a nine-bedroom beachfront estate on Dunemere Drive that was built in the 1920s as a showpiece of the Barber Tract.

The home, designed by San Diego architect Edgar Ullrich and developed by Philip Barber, was sold in the 1960s to actor Cliff Robertson.

While married to her first husband, neurologist Ward Woods, Mrs. Woods worked in La Jolla as an interior decorator and founded La Jolla Junior Assembly, a dance and social club for youths.

The Woodses were divorced in the 1960s, and Mrs. Woods returned to her native San Francisco. After opening an antique shop on Jackson Street, she decided to pursue something more challenging.

"She had too much energy for antiques," said daughter Cynthia Woods.

After earning her real estate license, Mrs. Woods became a broker/partner in 1965 at Genevieve Casey Associates in San Francisco. She sold residential real estate for more than a decade and continued to own property in El Cajon, Poway and San Ysidro.

In 1977, Mrs. Woods married La Jollan Gordon Guiberson, a former Texas businessman who also had homes in Bel Air and Hillsborough.

After his death in 1982, "Patsy," as she was known to friends, assumed her former last name of Woods.

While growing up in San Francisco, Mrs. Woods attended Convent of Sacred Heart and Stanford University. In 1936, she accompanied her parents on a European tour that included a visit to the Olympic Games in Berlin.

"She always said she was close enough to Hitler to shoot him," Cynthia Woods said. While Hitler was a dominating presence at the Games, American sprinter and long jumper Jesse Owens was the hero, winning four gold medals.

In 1938, Mrs. Woods married her first husband, a San Diego native who had graduated the previous year from medical school at Stanford.

The couple lived in London, where Dr. Woods studied neurology, when the war broke out in Europe. "They were on the last American ship to New York," Cynthia Woods said.

Mrs. Woods was active for years at La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club. During retirement, she traveled extensively.

Dr. Woods died in 1988.

Mrs. Woods is survived by daughters Wendy Luers of New York City, Cynthia Woods of San Francisco and Susan Woods of The Hague, Netherlands; a son, Ward Woods Jr. of New York City; a sister, Nancy Barry of Hillsborough; a brother, Paul "Red" Fay Jr. of San Francisco; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial service is scheduled for 3 p.m. Oct. 20 at St. Dominic's Catholic Church, 2390 Bush St., San Francisco. Donations are suggested to St. Anthony Foundation, 121 Golden Gate Ave., San Francisco, CA 94102, or to Mount St. Joseph-St. Elizabeth, 100 Masonic Ave., San Francisco, CA 94118.
from the San Diego Union-Tribune, September 21, 2000

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  • Find a Grave Memorial 161013784
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Patricia Oliver Fay Guiberson (29 Jul 1916–6 Sep 2000), Find a Grave Memorial no. 161013784, citing Saint Dominics Catholic Church Columbarium, San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, USA ; Maintained by Bobby Kelley (contributor 46959922) .