Pat Fife was born on Aug. 16, 1935 in Coronado. Her parents were Jasmine Belva Bennett and Raymond Burns Fife. Pat lived with her mother when she was a young girl, and then as an adolescent with her father and her brother, Jack in Coronado where she graduated from Coronado High School, Class of 1954. As a freshman she attended UCSB before transferring to UCLA where she graduated with a BA in English Literature. At UCLA she became a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority.
Pat was very gregarious and enjoyed immense popularity. Her people skills made her into a very sought after and successful travel agent with a dedicated clientele. Her choice of profession made it possible for her to live in Coronado, yet travel the world gratis all the perks she gathered when travel agents were experiencing their heyday.
Pat did not live a conventional life for many years. She was a house sitter for her clients while they were away, and in between times she had friends who would fill in the gaps. She did not learn to drive until late, as one can walk everywhere in Coronado. But Pat was in her element. She had a host of friends of all ages and kept up with her school chums throughout her entire life.
Pat loved to talk, and her speech was peppered with words like ilk and ergo, without a thread of pretension. Her vocabulary was vast, thanks to being a lit major and a voracious reader. She had a very delightful sense of humor and a quirky way of ending sentences as though they were questions. She would tilt her head, look at you with those gorgeous deep blue eyes and give you a slightly lop-sided smile as if to say, what do you think? Or isn’t that so?
Pat met and married Royce Wayne Horn (Roy) in 1965. They lived for a time on Roy’s sailboat in Mission Bay; this was a challenge as Pat was a tall woman and a bit all feet and elbows. Roy was an electrical engineer, and his work took them to the San Francisco Bay Area. They lived in San Mateo in a seductive little house that Pat described later as “long on charm and short on convenience.” They bought a home in Redwood Shores where they raised their two sons. Pat was known around the neighborhood for her baking skills, and recipients delighted over her holiday cookies and possibly the best apple pie ever. She was a loyal and passionate sports fan and was always up to date regarding stats of her favorite Giant, 49er and Warrior. Pat and Roy enjoyed attending San Francisco Giants games and would often be seen holding hands and singing to each other. Roy passed away in 2016 and Pat moved to Casa De Manana in La Jolla in 2019. She always loved the weather in San Diego and wanted to spend her remaining years next to the ocean. Pat passed away on Jan. 16, 2021.
Pat will be dearly missed by all who knew her. She is survived by her sons Patrick (Stacey) of Encinitas, San Diego, and Michael (Jessie); and their children Orlando and Angelique, all of Sandy, Oregon.
Patricia will be laid to rest alongside Royce at Skylawn Memorial Park (overlooking the Pacific Ocean) in San Mateo, California.