October 1, 1927 — February 20, 2018
Patricia McKee Eberhardt died at home in her sleep on February 20, 2018, in Olympia, Washington. She was 90.
Patty was born October 1, 1927, in Chicago, Illinois, to artists John Dukes and Helen Richards McKee. She grew up in a creative home, sewing to the moon and back, reading voraciously, baking pies and dancing.
Patty attended UCLA and was an active member of the Gamma Phi Beta Sorority, making close friends she kept for life. While there, she met and married our father, Edward Eberhardt, from Los Angeles, in 1948. Ed's career as a Consul in the Foreign Service began at the State Department in Washington, DC, where the three of us children were born.
We were posted to the Embassy in Havana, Cuba in 1956 and later to consulates in Santiago de Cuba, Matamoros and Tijuana, Mexico. During our numerous moves, Mom created stable, beautiful homes to live, learn and entertain in.
We’ve inherited her love of fine art, books and travel. She enjoyed museums and libraries, making crafts in different mediums and cooking large gourmet meals for family celebrations. Mom’s famous blackberry cobbler tradition continues in our homes.
Mom and Dad moved us to Corvallis in August 1965 and built a home on Bryant Street with a view of Marys Peak. While working as an administrator at Oregon State University, Patty completed her Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts in General Studies with a focus in anthropology and art history.
Patty was active in the Corvallis Clay Clan, Unitarian Fellowship, American Association of University Women, and an OSU Women’s Investment group. She enjoyed participating in two gourmet dinner clubs and a women’s basket making group. She fondly remembered her years working at Westminster House, on the OSU campus with the Equal Opportunities Program, and for the Corvallis Parks and Recreation Department.
Patty is survived by her three children Jean Eberhardt of Olympia, Washington; John Eberhardt of Corvallis; and Peter Eberhardt of Eugene. Patty has five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her sister, Jeanie Dunivin; her former husband, Ed Eberhardt; and many friends.
Our family thanks her caregivers and hospital staff from Corvallis and Olympia who ensured her comfortable and largely pain-free final years. Our deepest appreciation goes out to our sister Jean Eberhardt, who cared for Mom in her Olympia home for five years.
A private family gathering is planned; please send your sweet memories of Patty to email@example.com.
Donations in Patty’s honor may be made to the Friends of the Corvallis Library, a place she loved.