SPOKANE, Washington — Patricia Klingman was born in 1925 and grew up in the Los Angeles suburbs. She met and married Vern Klingman while earning her BA in Christian Education at the University of Denver. Wife to a Methodist Minister for 66 years, she sang in the Choir, taught Sunday School and had an irrepressible artistic soul which found its expression in everything she did. She was undeniably her own person in all things.
She is remembered by a whole generation of Billings children who watched her appearances on The Happy Herb and Froggy Doo show singing folk songs and accompanying herself on a Martin Tenor guitar she bought in a junk store for $25.
Even though she was a California girl, she embraced life in Montana – loving rock hunting and the annual Yellowstone Boat Float - river ratting on various boats for several years and only capsizing twice. Another adventure of hers was driving a school bus for District #2 where she eventually served as School Bus Safety Coordinator.
Pat lived a life of kindness and service. She became a mentor in Billings’ Deferred Prosecution program, giving struggling people a second chance. Many of her clients continued to call her “friend” long after finishing the program.
An accomplished classical singer, she was known for her dramatic church solos. In her 90’s, after moving to Spokane to be near her children, she reprised her entire repertoire of solos for the congregation of Manito UMC. She also loved to do interpretive scripture readings whenever given the opportunity.
Ever the 3-dimensional woman, Pat loved baseball, and could always be counted on to have the scoop on her Seattle Mariners. Attending her grandchildren’s’ sporting events was a priority as well, outings she – a vocal fan -- regarded as participative.
Pat remained active in her final years reading her Kindle, writing limericks, carving soapstone sculptures, and enjoying the lives and exploits of of her many friends, children, nieces, nephews and grandchildren. It was a good life, and she is deeply missed.
A Memorial Celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, May 5, at 1 p.m, at Manito United Methodist Church in Spokane, WA. Memorial gifts can be made to the United Methodist Committee on Relief email@example.com 1-888-252-6174.