Patricia Marsland, a 58-year resident of King City, passed away peacefully at Mabie Northside Skilled Nursing Facility in Hollister on Thursday, June 20, 2013.
Patricia Corey was born in Yenangyaung, Burma (now Myanmar) on December 11, 1920. She came to the United States at age 5. Patricia grew up in Los Angeles, attending Pasadena School for Girls, Riverside High School and Riverside Junior College. After college graduation she began her drafting career with Kaiser Engineering (as the only woman draftsman) and moved to Oakland.
In August of 1941, she married Howard Marsland (the two had met in church during Howard’s time at Camp Haan in Riverside).
She was creative and talented very early in life. Patricia began designing and making clothes not only for herself but for her sister as well.
During her senior year of high school, Patricia created a painting of the main house and it proudly hung above the fireplace in the home her father built during the 1950s among the 40-acre lemon grove in Riverside (located within a few miles of what is now California Citrus State Historic Park.) Patricia re-visited this area in 2005 and recalled growing up in such an idyllic place — swimming in the canal, walking and driving among the avenues lined with palm trees.
In 1954 Jerry Keefer brought Patricia, Howard (and family) to King City to manage Ann’s Restaurant. In 1960, they bought their home in a new development on Park Place and that was where the family home was created.
Patricia was a full-time mother who eventually began working full-time outside the home. The Hacienda at Fort Hunter Liggett and then an opening at Basic Vegetables caught her attention, beginning a 21-year career. Patricia worked in production, quality and, finally, as a draftsman for engineering (once again as the only woman draftsman.)
In the 1980s she returned to college, taking night classes to learn AutoCAD, a computer-based drafting software program. Alyson heard from her classmates how her mom was engaging in class and how she had the highest GPA, too!
After retiring from Basic, Patricia enjoyed spending time with her beloved cat, Emily, her family, her Park Place “family,” and living in King City.
She was an amazing woman with so many talents, patience and always a willingness to help.
Patricia was predeceased by both parents, her beloved husband, Howard, her sister, Margaret, and her son, George.
She is survived by her children, Michael (Candy) of Paso Robles, Susan (Malcolm) Douglas of King City and Alyson (Raymond) Creech of Hollister. Granddaughters, Corey (Kevin) Malcolm, King City, Amy (Jason) Papciak, Mountain View, Katie Douglas, King City, and nieces Patricia Butler, Boulder, Colo., and Barbara Lacy, Volcano, Calif.
In accordance with Patricia’s request, no service will be held and “please, don’t send flowers!” In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Patricia’s memory be sent to Mee Memorial Hospital, 300 Canal St., King City.
Please join the family for appetizers, refreshments and a “Celebration of Patricia’s Life” on Saturday, July 20, 2013, from noon to 3 p.m. at Pozzi’s Stampede, 207 Broadway, King City.