Patricia Feeney, 92, passed very peacefully Sept 14, 2022, in Mountain Home, ID, where she lived with family the past four years. She was a long-time resident of Havre, from 1969 to 2018.
She was born Nov 25, 1929, in Greeley, Co., with bright red hair, to parents Harry and Bessie Beair, in the produce business and a nurse, respectively. Growing up she was a very active person, hunting and fishing with her father, riding horses, working cattle on a Texas Panhandle ranch, along with barrel racing. She loved her great buckskin quarter horse, Buck, dearly. She was a competitive swimmer for many years including all through high school. After high school graduation, she attended college in California, obtaining an X-ray Technician Certification with Degree.
She was working in California in the medical field where she met the love of her life, Edmund Jerome "E.J." Feeney, USAF, in the early 1950s. His nickname for her was Red! Oct 31, 1954, they were married in Greeley and drove to Mountain Home AFB, ID, TSgt Feeney's USAF (S.A.C.) assignment. At MacDill AFB, Florida. During this assignment they formed many lifelong friendships. All were SAC Tanker aircrew and their Wives; all became GOD Parents. Their two children, Maureen and Kevin, were born while at MacDill. As an USAF wife, she had all the responsibility of running the house and taking care of all aspects of the family when Dad was on TDYs for up to six months, numerous times of the year, sometimes unannounced, as in the Cuban Missile Crisis. On her husband's USAF retirement in 1965, the family moved to Ferris State College, Big Rapids, MI, for her husband's college education degree in automotive teaching in 1969. In Big Rapids, she reentered the X-ray technician field helping support the family. In 1969, she moved with family to Havre for her husband's teaching position at Northern Montana College, NMC. In 1972, she returned to college, obtaining her licensed practical nurse degree, LPN, at NMC. She worked at the old west hospital in Havre until the new hospital was built. She very much enjoyed working in the emergency room for many years.
In 1995, she retired from nursing. In 1999, after her husband passed away, she resumed her medical profession, working with the traveling foot clinic helping mostly seniors.
She was the family matriarch over four decades, providing love, knowledge, and kindness. In 2000 she found another love of her life, Darby, a standard schnauzer. They both loved each other dearly.
She was very active with St. Marks Altar Guild, Book Club, Friends of the Library, and, most of all, quilt club. Her great pastime was quilting with four sewing machines and a room packed from floor to ceiling with cloth, tables, and tools. She was always on the lookout for cloth. In 2000 in Singapore, she went to different shops obtaining unique material.
After the hard winter of 2017-18, she finally agreed to come and live in Mountain Home, ID, with members of the family in October 2018. In November 2019, she celebrated her 90th birthday. She loved to go to the local park and toss bread to dozens of ducks, along with viewing Christmas lights. She is wonderful person!
She is survived by family in two countries, Korea and the United States! She has great friends including Bob and Lela Patera and Carol ReifSchneider of Havre, along with Mary DeMartini, lifelong friend and godparent, whose loving family lasagna recipe, THE GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING, has been passed on to three generations, and is living in southern California.
Funeral services will begin at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, September 29, 2022, at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, followed by a burial in Highland Cemetery.
Holland & Bonine Funeral Home has been entrusted with services and arrangements.
Please visit Patricia's online memorial page to send a card or leave a message of condolence for her family at http://www.hollandbonine.com .
Mom, its OK, go see Dad now!