Patricia Lou Stanforth received the greatest gift that anyone can receive on Thursday, July 27, 2017, when she was accepted by Jesus into her heavenly home.
Pat was born Sept. 20, 1931, to Allen and Ruth Rudd, Plymouth. Along with her parents, Pat was preceded in death by one sister, RoseAnn (Tony) Fournier; and two brothers, Allen (Kathy) Rudd, and Ned (Mary) Rudd. She is survived by two brothers, Tom (Helen) Rudd and Fr. Thad (Sherri-deceased) Rudd.
Patricia graduated from The Ohio State University in 1952, and was married to Carlton C. Stanforth (who survives) that same year on Aug. 30.
Pat and Carl's proudest accomplishments were the raising of their three children and involvement with their grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, Kim (Dave) Cooke, Maple Grove, Minnesota , Mark (Madelyn) Stanforth, Kokomo, and Julie (Mark) Zanoff, Peru; grandchildren, Amanda (Mike) Engel, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Jacob Cooke, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Michelle Stanforth, Bedford, Lisa (Fernando) Prieto, Tampa, Florida, and Marla (Seth) White, Kewanna; great-grandchildren, Eli, Isaac, Samuel and Jayne White, Kewanna.
Among her greatest treasures, Pat considers to be their many friends-especially those formulated decades ago from a Euchre club in Galveston, a Bridge club in Kokomo, and family involvement in local swim teams in which all three children participated while growing up.
Following Carl's retirement from his veterinary practice in 1990, Pat and Carl traveled extensively, primarily by pulling an RV trailer. Their travels included Europe, Israel, Australia, and Hawaii - in addition to driving throughout the United States and Mexico. RV travel included a trip to Alaska and back and also an RV excursion through Mexico, Central America to the Panama Canal and back!
Nevertheless, Pat and Carl's most treasured time was spent on Kjostad Lake near Buyck, Minnesota. They traveled to Kjostad every year starting in 1956. Since 1991, Pat and Carl spent most of the entire summers on Kjostad, where Pat enjoyed hours tending to her garden and various flower beds.
Pat would like to be most remembered for her unwavering devotion to her family and her God.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017, at St. Andrew Episcopal Church, 602 W. Superior St., with Fr. Richard Lightsey and Fr. Ted Neidlinger officiating. Friends are invited to visit with the family from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the church.
Memorials are asked to be directed to your favorite charity or place of worship. Shirley & Stout Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements. Messages of condolence may be left online at www.shirleyandstout.com.
Published on July 29, 2017