For years, whenever I picked up the paper the first thing I would look for was the Days Gone By section. It was comforting to know that week after week there was Pat's page, after all I was a fan of hers.
When I started here at the paper I couldn't wait to meet Pat but I soon found out that she was ill and at that time she could not continue with her work here. A few months went by and the editors here at the paper asked if anybody was interested in starting back up the Days Gone By page. I jumped at the opportunity to be involved, but soon I became nervous about trying to fill Pat's foot steps. First of all, I knew that I was not Pat and did not want to take away from all that she had done with her page. So I wanted something to separate her work from mine. So with a new name for the page, I was off to a new start.
After a couple of weeks and trying to get the hang of things I was working in the county archives when Pat came down for a visit. There she was in the flesh and I was star struck. She came over to me and introduced herself and told me how happy she was that I was continuing the time capsules and offered her services to me. Then she really dropped a bomb on me. She asked me if I would like to do a project together sometime and of course I said that would be a great idea.
Well like anything in life, we always think that we have the time to do what we would like to do but more often than not... we don't. I did not want our collaboration to be a memorial. Never the less here we are... I learned one thing about Pat that everybody who has ever met her already knew. Pat was many things to many people but the one thing I will always remember about Pat is that she was pure grace.