Patricia Vida McLachlan, age 78, of Bellingham passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at Mt. Baker Care Center in Bellingham.
She was born September 3, 1938 in High Prairie, Alberta, Canada to Fraser T. and Vida Olive (Satterlee) McLachlan. She is preceded in death by her parents and her siblings. She is survived by her four children and five grandchildren. Dorothy Braithwaite of Benton, Arkansas; Deborah Vida (Braithwaite) Anderson, her husband Johnny and son Cormac of Hilo, Hawaii; David Braithwaite, wife Tanya, children Morgan, Paige, Sophie, and Jack of Lynden, Washington; and Daniel Braithwaite of Hilo, Hawaii.
Pat graduated from the Royal Columbian nursing school in 1959; remaining close with several of her classmates. She worked as a registered nurse for 46 years until retirement. She was a nurse at several nursing homes in Whatcom County as well as St. Luke’s and St. Joseph’s Hospitals, Harborview in Seattle, and Queens in Hawaii.
Pat enjoyed travelling, writing, genealogy, games and especially her grandchildren. She attended Immanuel Bible Church since 1972. Pat travelled abroad several times with different family and friends. She wrote several memoires over the years and enjoyed researching genealogy. Pat celebrated her Scottish heritage and enjoyed the Highland Games and bagpipes. Her favorite games were cribbage and canasta. Time spent with her grandchildren was always cherished. Pat will be missed by her family and friends. Her life, writing and genealogy work will continue to live on in our memories. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Immanuel Bible Church, 2000 W. North Street, Bellingham, WA 98225.