Patricia T. McAllister, 93, peacefully passed away in her home on Nov. 8, 2017, surrounded by family. Pat, as everyone called her, was born at home on June 6, 1924, to George and Margaret Thatcher, in Edwardsville, Illinois. She grew up in Illinois, but spent summers at the family cottage on Lake Michigan.
Pat attended Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois. She met her future husband of 71 years, William C. McAllister, at a military mixer in 1943. They were married in San Diego on Aug. 24, 1946. Upon Bill’s completion of college at San Diego State, they returned to Bill’s hometown of Billings, where they built their own home and raised their family. Bill and Pat spent two years in New York, one year in Texas and three years in Missoula throughout Bill’s work career. They always returned to Billings, which was their true home.
Besides working a few years for RSVP, Pat was a homemaker for most of her life. She was extensively involved in community service organizations. These included volunteer work at the Billings Clinic, Women’s League of Voters, Area II Council on Aging, RSVP, Adult Resource Alliance, Billings Visitor’s Center, Billings Symphony Society, Relay for Life, and Radio Reading for the Blind. Pat was awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award for her many hours of service.
Bill and Pat enjoyed traveling, and family vacations included many trips to California, Michigan and trips around Montana. Later in life, they traveled to every state in the United States, New Zealand, Cook Islands, Scandinavia, British Isles, France, Germany, Canada and Costa Rica.
Pat had many friends in many circles. She was dear to all who met her because of her quirky sense of humor, dry wit and willingness to share a poem or song. She cherished her friendships in Dinner and Bridge Club, traveling groups, the coffee group, fellow volunteers, Jazzercise classes and members of St. Stephen’s congregation. She treasured her neighbors, the Sieversons (Sig), Huckes (Dorothy), Morrisons (Jean) and Vollers. She felt blessed to have such wonderful neighborhood friends.
Pat was active her whole life: golfing, bicycling/hiking, camping, time at the family cabin, and her favorite activity, jazzercise, in which she participated into her 90s.
Pat is survived by husband, Bill; three children, Lee, Amy and Jane (Dudley); five grandchildren, Anna and Clayton Improta, Kelsey and Sam Angel, Giovanna McAllister; great-grandson Kayden McAllister; sister Jane Heitzman; and many extended family members throughout the country.
The family wants to thank the people who cared for Pat during her end of life. Thanks to the caring members of Compassus (Hospice) for their kindness and grace with Pat, and to caregiver Lisa Warner, who was a blessing to our family at the perfect time.
A celebration of Pat’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 25, at St. Stephens Episcopal Church. Gathering and refreshments following.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Adult Resource Alliance or the charity of your choice.
Condolences may be made at www.michelottisawyers.com.