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Patricia "Patsy" Glaser Gibson

Patricia Darlene Glaser Gibson passed away very peacefully, in the early morning on Monday, October 30, 2023, at her home on Harstine Island. She was 69. Patsy, as she was best known, was born to Hugo (Bud) Glaser and Donnette (Eddy) Glaser on June 9, 1954, in Aberdeen, WA. As an added bonus, Patsy brought along a twin brother with her, Vincent Donald Glaser.

At the age of six, Patsy had a heart attack while attending school on the island. It was discovered she had a hole in the upper chamber of her heart the size of a silver dollar. Her attending physician was familiar with the City of Hope in California, which was where he recommended she go for open heart surgery. Patsy, her mother Donnette, and grandmother Oda Eddy flew to California, and she had a lifesaving surgery at the age of seven.

Patsy grew up on the island and attended junior and senior high school in Shelton. Patsy met Jerry Ryckman while she was in high school, and they married in 1970. They welcomed a daughter, Mindy, in 1971. This marriage ended in divorce. A few years later she married Jim Strom, and they welcomed a son, Addam, in 1976. Although this marriage ended in divorce, they continued to be friends until her passing.

To support herself and her children, Patsy went to work in the restaurant industry. Boy could this lady cook and bake! She worked at the Capital Restaurant (Shelton), Tyee, Westwater Inn and Governors House (all in Olympia) until she landed a job at Simpson Timber Company in Shelton. She went with a friend as moral support and she ended up with a job, too!

Working at Simpson was a life changer for Patsy in so many ways. She met so many people and gained lifelong friendships. In addition, she also met William Gibson (also known as Billy Boy) while at the mill. They began dating in 1985 and married in 1994. Billy had a daughter, Katie, that immediately fit right in with Mindy and Addam. Patsy and Billy just celebrated their 29th wedding anniversary this last September. Oh boy, was their love for each other evident! They would randomly grab each other in the living room and start dancing and he would just start singing random tunes if there was no music playing.

Patsy and Billy made their home together in McCleary. Patsy thought she needed a challenge, so in addition to being a mom and working full-time, she decided to go back to school to get her AAS degree as a Paralegal. She graduated from South Puget Sound Community College in 1998. She had her own business in McCleary for several years and held a couple of different legal office/court office positions. Patsy was also a very proud member of the Harstine Grange #568. In 2000, Patsy and Billy moved to Harstine Island to care for her twin brother, Vincent, as he was very ill with cancer. They had one year together until Vincent passed away in February 2001. She continued to own and operate the family oyster company on Harstine Island, started originally by her father, Bud.

Patsy was such a big-hearted person. She took care of everyone in her family and was the glue that held them together. Patsy truly enjoyed being a mother, but being a nana and great nana

was an absolute joy for her. She always said her heart was the fullest while rocking the babies. She enjoyed baking, sharing family memories, taking the grandkids and great grandkids on treks around different state parks including many to McMickin Island, pretending they were pirates while dressed up and running around on the beach, music concerts, the Nut Cracker Ballet, movie dates, dressing up and having tea parties and taking them to the cemetery to pay respects and clean headstones, especially after storms, to remind the kids of who their family was and tell them stories to keep memories alive. She really enjoyed making fairy houses with twinkling lights for the kids to find special notes and treasures the next time they came out to see her. She never wanted them to forget these special memories. She loved to entertain company during the holidays and summer months and would make sure there was fresh baked pie or other goodies to enjoy.

Shelton, Addam Strom of Shelton, Katie (Russ) Peters of McCleary, her grandchildren, Trish (Jason) Tannatt of Shelton, Billy Martin of Shelton, Katlyn (Kyson) Troy of Missouri, Emma Peters and Lily Peters of McCleary, great-grandchildren, Cyler, Addie, Aneassa, Aiden, Elliot, Jaelynn, Carley, Kol and Emily. She has one great-granddaughter due to join the family within the next week in Missouri to granddaughter Katlyn. Patsy is also survived by her sister Suzan (Mike) Felton of Shelton and brother Mike (Shelley) Glaser of Shelton, in addition to many nieces, nephews and cousins. Patsy's parents, Bud Glaser and Donnette Eddy, twin brother Vincent Glaser and granddaughter, Alyssa Strom preceded her in death.

"We will keep the memories close to us and share stories with the young. We love you to the moon and back, nana!"

A Memorial service will be held at a later time.


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