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Patricia Schlabes

Pat was a fourth generation Davisite of the pioneering Chiles family. She was born August 17, 1929 in Woodland, CA, the youngest child of William Earl and Olga Ketelsen Chiles. She died unexpectedly on October, 22, 2008 at the age of 79. She graduated from Davis High School in 1947 and attended Sacramento City College where she was a Pioneer Day Queen. She married Walter "Whitey" Schlabes on September 2, 1951. She was a homemaker and was a passionate historian of her Chiles family history. She compiled pioneer biographies and helped prepare the manuscript of the book "Davisville '68" with author and longtime friend Joann Leach Larkey. She served many years as a 4-H leader, was active in the Sacramento Pioneer Association, Yolo County Historical Society, Hattie Weber Museum of Davis and St. James Catholic Church. Pat was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, neighbor and friend who touched the lives of everyone she met. Pat was the picture of vibrancy and she always had a ready smile and a special sparkle in her eye that let everyone know she took an interest in them and how she genuinely cared. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Whitey Schlabes; daughter Nancy Douglas and her husband Marc of Davis and their daughter Jennifer; sons, Jim and his wife Coleen of Winters and their daughter Jasmine; Bill and his wife Ann of West Sacramento and their children Crystal, Anna, Corrine, Ryan and Samantha, and one great-granddaughter, Sophia. A viewing and rosary will be held at Wiscombe's Funeral Home, 116 D Street, Davis, CA on Thursday, October 30, 2008 from 5-7pm, with the rosary beginning at 6:30pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:00am on Saturday, November 1, 2008 at St. James Catholic Church, 1275 B Street, Davis, CA. Interment will follow at Davis Cemetery, 820 Pole Line Road. A reception will follow immediately at Sudwerk Restaurant, 2001 2nd Street. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Pat Chiles Schlabes memory to the Hattie Weber Museum of Davis, 445 C Street, Davis, CA 95616 or St. James Catholic Church, 1275 B Davis, CA 95616.

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Pat was one of the most vibrant people I've ever met. When I moved to Davis, she and Whitey became my first neighborhood friends. But it was Pat with whom I'd talk for hours in her living room, who would bring me fresh vegetables from the garden, who would lovingly share the Chiles family history with me, and who never failed to ask about my latest adventures. Even if I saw her daily she greeted me as warmly as if it were the first time in a year since we'd seen each other. I admired her and deeply appreciated her friendship.

Sandra Graham Nov 2 2008 12:00 AM

Aunt Pat, you will be greatly missed. The world is a lesser place without you in it.

Marciasini Family Oct 30 2008 12:00 AM

I was sorry to about the loss of Aunt Pat. She was truly a great lady.I don't remember ever seeing her without a big beautiful smile on her face and alway so kind. She will truly be missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and all the family.

Kathleen Bekker-Jones & Family Oct 30 2008 12:00 AM

My heart goes out to you. She was one of my favorite people in the world and though I rarely saw her, I will miss her not being in my world. She was a special lady. Donnie

Madonna Bekker Oct 29 2008 12:00 AM