OBITUARY: Patricia Noble Whitely
AUG 15, 1926 – DEC 12, 2011
PATRICIA NOBLE WHITELY died peacefully on December 12, 2011 at the age of 85. She was born in Oakland, CA on August 15,1926 to Lois and Kendall Noble. She attended San Francisco State University during World War II and completed her education at Lake Tahoe Community College.
In 1953 Pat married a medical student, Jim Whitely. They moved to South Lake Tahoe in 1956, where he would become the area’s first year-round physician.
Pat had a deep commitment to the community, serving in many different roles. She was a Charter Member of the Barton Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, a Charter Member and co-founder of the Tahoe Parents’ Nursery School, a performer with The Lake Tahoe Children’s Theater and the Lake Tahoe Theater Company, was a member of Soroptimist Internat’l of South Lake Tahoe which presented her its Woman of Distinction award for her work with equal opportunity employment issues, elected to two terms on the Lake Tahoe Unified School District Board serving as President twice, a Charter Member of the Lake Tahoe Historical Society, an Elder of the Lake Tahoe Presbyterian Church and a scholarship supporter through the Lake Tahoe Educational Foundation, Inc.
Pat was a wonderfully bright, witty and charming woman who loved and was devoted to her family, her friends and her community. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. James Whitely, and her brother, Dr. William Noble. She is survived by her daughters, Diane Stepnitz (Stan), Linda Litton (Gary), Karen Pavlakis (Mike) and Jane Griffin-Callahan (Tom); her grandchildren, Abby Stepnitz, Eli Alston-Stepnitz (Kimberly), Rachel Litton-Mueller (Fabian), Allison and Hannah Litton, Jack Maloney and Colin, Jake and Hunter Griffin.
A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Memorial donations in Pat’s memory may be made to The Patricia Whitely Scholarship Fund, c/o The Lake Tahoe Educational Foundation, Inc., PO Box 14387, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96151.
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