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Sylvia (Kayser) Patnode

September 9, 1933 ~ December 31, 2019 (age 86)

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Sylvia Patnode former Arlington and Hermiston resident, was born on September 9, 1933 in Yakima, Washington. She died at home in Ione, Oregon at the age of 86 years. She was raised and attended school in Centerville, Washington.  Sylvia was united in marriage to Orval Patnode on November 11, 1949 in Grandview, Washington. They lived in Washington and Oregon, settling in Arlington, Oregon in 1974. They ranched in Arlington and Sylvia worked as a cook at the grade school until 1994 when they moved to Hermiston, Oregon. After Orval passed she spent time in Ellensburg, Washington and the ranch in Ione, Oregon. She was a member of the Catholic Church, Alter Society, and the Eagles lodge. Sylvia was a founding mother of the Cayuse Junior Rodeo Assoc., co-Grand Marshall of the Gilliam County Fair with her husband, and a 20+ year Sherman County 4-H volunteer. She enjoyed cooking, music concerts, and cherished time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren, supporting them in their sporting events, rodeo and all of their activities. Horse racing was her favorite pastime and she loved a good costume, dressing up in one for all major holidays.
She is survived by her sons: Pete Patnode & wife Suzi, Selah, WA, Joe Patnode & wife Cris, Mikkalo, OR; daughters: Paulette Wolfe, Cle Elum, WA, Peggy Gray & husband Robert L., of George, WA, Penny Krebs & husband Skye, Ione, OR, & April Aamodt and Fiancee, Scott Phares, Arlington, OR; son-in-law: Darrell Aamodt; sisters: Patsy Palmer, Dyan Catlin & Dawn Thomas; sister-in-law:Kay Kayser; brother-in-law: Herald Catlin; 18 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Sylvia was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Orval Patnode, her parents, a granddaughter, Devin, a grandson, Cayle; brothers: Keith, Mark and Larry Kayser, a sister, Annice Nogle and a son-in-law, Richard Wolfe.
Contributions in Sylvia’s memory may be made to the Arlington Booster Club or the Cayuse Junior Rodeo Assoc..      
A memorial mass will be held on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Francis Catholic Church, Arlington, Oregon. A luncheon and time of sharing will follow at the Arlington Grade School, Arlington, Oregon.
A private family burial will be held at a later date at the Arlington Cemetery, Arlington, Oregon. 
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Burns Mortuary of Hermiston, Oregon is in care of arrangements.

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Mass of Christian Burial
February 8, 2020

11:00 AM
St. Francis Catholic Church
600 Locust St.
Arlington, OR 97812

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