Patricia Ann (Reed) Carlton


Pat Carlton, of Redmond passed away peacefully and on her own terms with her daughter Roxanne by her side on May 3rd, 2011, after a major stroke.  At 86, Pat had dealt with the vagaries of advancing age with strength and courage but was blessed with full mental acuity her entire life.

Pat was born in Seattle, Washington,  August 22, 1924.  She graduated from Queen Anne High School in 1942 and Whitman College in 1948.  She married Donald G. Carlton in 1948 and then lived in Walla, Walla for a few years teaching while Don finished his education at Whitman.  They had four children and divorced in 1972.

Pat was devoted mother and continued to raise her children as a single parent working for J.C. Penny’s and starting her own PC word processing business.  She maintained her independent spirit right up until her passing.  Pat enjoyed sewing, gardening and classical music.

In her later years, she was an avid genealogist making multiple trips to England and Salt Lake City to research our family history.  Besides her parents, Dorothy and Elmer Reed, Pat was preceded in death by her only sister, Phyllis (Reed) Drake and her beloved canine companion, Kwim IV.  She is survived by her three sons: Craig – Oregon; Eric R. (Rae) -California; Brent (Sue Rook) – Massachusetts; and daughter Roxanne (Carlton) Raubacher (Doug) – Redmond, Washington. 2 grandchildren: Hayes Reed (10) and Andrea Colleen (7) Raubacher as well as 2 step-grandchildren: Mallory (25) and Darcy (18) Raubacher.

A summer time graveside memorial will be planned on Vashon Island.  Memorial donations can be made to Whitman College, Classic King Radio FM 98.1 or The Autism Center, University of Washington.

2 Responses to “Patricia Ann (Reed) Carlton”

  • Doug Raubacher says:

    One of the strongest women I will ever know. A loving and doting grandmother and a very appreciative mother-in-law. She made me feel like I had moved mountains everytime I fixed something on her computer or hung a picture for her!

  • Roger Drake says:

    I have many memories of Aunt Pat dating back almost 60 years, and wish there were more. The most vivid may be when I spent a weekend with her family in Edina, MN when Roxanne was just a tyke. She went way out of her way to support me and my friend on our cross country bicycle trip, taking us around the Twin Cities, to a concert, repairing my torn equipment, even cutting my hair.

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