Patricia M. Amundson
Memorial services will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Lake Tahoe Community College Commons for Patricia “Pat” Main Amundson, who passed away July 1, 2005, at her home in South Lake Tahoe. Private family inurnment is planned.
Pat was born March 4, 1926, in Los Angeles, Calif., and graduated from Mark Keppel High School in 1943. She married Glenn Amundson on July 17, 1943, in Los Angeles. Glenn was a pilot in the Army Air Force, and they moved around for several years before settling at the South Shore in 1946. The couple moved into a log cabin built by Glenn and his brothers in the 1930s that had been used by the family as a summer home. Pat lived in that home until her death. She was co-owner and bookkeeper for the family business, Amundson Engineering Inc., and also worked several years at the Candlewick Gift Shop in the Crescent V Fashion Center.
Pat became very involved in the community as soon as she arrived, and she stayed active all her life. She was the branch librarian for the South Lake Tahoe Branch of the El Dorado County Library from 1948 to 1957, and operated the library in her home. She was the library commissioner for District V from 1971 until the present. The Children’s Room at the library was named the Patricia M. Amundson Room and dedicated to Pat on Oct. 12, 1994. She also was a life member of the Friends of the Library. She had been a member of the Barton Memorial Hospital Auxiliary since 1960 and had volunteered more than 20,000 hours. She served as president in 1965. She initiated the Community Blood Bank at South Lake Tahoe and was its coordinator for 35 years.
Pat was a life member and member of the Tahoe Tallac Association board of directors, she was life member and past president of the Lake Tahoe Historical Society, and was the current treasurer of the Al Tahoe Forest Homes Association. She was a life member and past president of the Parents Teachers Association and a leader of the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, for which she received the Mothers Award.
Pat graduated from Lake Tahoe Community College in 1982 with an associate of arts degree in humanities and had been a member of the LTCC board of trustees since Dec. 3, 1985. She was also a board member of the John Perry Foundation.
She had been a member of Soroptimist International of South Lake Tahoe.
Among the awards Pat received through the years was a Voluntary Action Award, Soroptimist International of South Lake Tahoe Women of Distinction Award and Edith Wilson Award, and she was selected as Lady of the Lake. She also received many awards for her needlework.
She loved music, art, theater and reading. She especially enjoyed entertaining, and her home was the center for many gatherings. Pat and her family were among the residents of the South Shore who endured the legendary winter of 1951-52, and she hosted the “Survivors’ Party” in her home and garden for many years.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Carol Linda and Gary Graeber of Carson City, Nev.; son, James Robert Amundson of South Lake Tahoe; grandchildren, Joanne Robin Sanders and Jessica Renee Royce of Olympia, Wash., Jason Roy Graeber of Carson City, and Michael Amundson, Stephanie Amundson and Jaime Amundson of South Lake Tahoe; sister, Joan Ayotte of Glendale, Calif.; niece, Nancy Gayner of South Lake Tahoe; 11 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and many, many friends and neighbors. She was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn Ray Amundson; daughter, Joanne Robin Amundson; and mother, Mary Louise Rymal.
In lieu of flowers, gifts in Pat’s memory may be made to the South Lake Tahoe Branch of the El Dorado County Library, 1000 Rufus Allen Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 or the Lake Tahoe Community College Foundation, One College Drive, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150.
There will be a celebration of Pat’s life in September with date and time to be announced.
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