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Patricia Warren DeLateur was born on Valentine 's Day 1927. With a brilliant sense of humor and being a Valentine's baby; she referred to the song, "My Funny Valentine" as her theme song. And anyone who had the pleasure to meet her knew she was one of the most caring people you could ever hope to meet. Always smiling and happy, she was often noticed for her magnetic smile. Without question, she was glamorous and gracious, elegant, and intelligent. Her outstanding views towards life was just one of the many gifts to her children, which included a respect for humanity, the personal rights and freedom of all individuals, and a proper education for all, just a few of her many favorite topics of discussion. While in College at the University of Nebraska, she pledged the Alpha Phi Sorority. This association was always held in a special place in her heart. Her sorority sisters became lifelong friends. After college Patricia moved to Washington State. This temporary move became a 31 "one year stay" when she met and fell immediately in love with her future husband Rudy DeLateur. The two met on a blind date arranged by the family attorney. A date that she wasn't even sure if she wanted to go on. Patricia and Rudy married on June 17, 1950 in Aberdeen, WA. Always the socialite Patricia excelled as the partner and wife of a successful industrialist. While raising her three children, she hosted dinner parties for their business clients and was without doubt, "The Hostess with the Mostess." Her parties are still spoken of among those in attendance. In addition, Patricia was an accomplished singer with a four–octave vocal range often singing and entertaining when the occasion called for it. A bridge player, tennis player and golfer were other activities she enjoyed. Patricia and her husband Rudy were boating enthusiast and enjoyed sailing the San Juan Islands and British Columbia. Their membership at the Seattle Yacht Club provided yet another social outlet and a chance to make longtime friends. As much as she enjoyed her social activities and various Country Club Memberships, her children were her most favorite and important joy from life. Her philosophy was, "If you don't do a proper job raising your children, nothing else you do really matters." Having lived in Grays Harbor Washington from 1950 to 1981 Patricia and her husband Rudy moved to Indian Wells, CA before eventually settling in Rancho Mirage, CA. Having a winter home in the desert since 1973 they decided it was time to give up the beaches and lakes of Washington State for the warmth and dryer winters of the Coachella Valley. Helping High School graduates go to college was one of her favorite passions. This led her to become a very active member of The Coachella Valley Alumnae Panhellenic. She was a two term President of C.V.A.P from 1994 to 1996 and held numerous positions in fund raising capacities.
On June 28, 2014 Patricia DeLateur was thrilled to be presented with the prestigious Michaelanean Award for her continued dedication. She was extraordinarily proud of her continued accomplishments with C. V. A. P. and all the wonderful friends she loved. Her love for C.V.A.P. was very clear as her face would light up at any mention of this outstanding organization. After the passing of her husband of 63 years in 2013; Patricia decided to move into her son Ric DeLateur's Rancho Mirage home after redecorating his home to give it her own flair and style. She spent the remaining two years of her life at Ric's home where she had unconditional love and care. Her social schedule didn't slow down as son Ric can attest. Her zest for life remained a top priority until her unexpected death on May 28, 2015. She will be greatly missed
Patricia leaves behind her much loved family, Son Ric DeLateur of Rancho Mirage CA, Daughter Suzanne Jackson of Atherton CA, and Son Steven DeLateur of Indian Wells CA, Grandson David Jackson of Palo Alto CA, Granddaughter Kimberly Jackson of Rome, Italy, and Granddaughter Stephanie DeLateur of Indian Wells CA. Sister-in-law Dr. Barbara J. DeLateur of Baltimore, MD and Sister-in-law Elizabeth Hulbert of Olympia, WA. Also, she is deeply missed by her much loved dog Nicky Romanov.
Visitation will be held Saturday, June 6 from 5:00 – 7:00PM at Wiefels Chapel in Palm Springs, CA. Graveside Service will be held on Sunday, June 7 at 10:30AM at Desert Memorial Park, Cathedral City, CA.
FitzHenry-Wiefels Palm Desert has been entrusted with arrangements.