Patricia Ruth (nee Clute) Conrath

Sept. 11, 1926 to Dec. 16, 2023


Last updated 12/28/2023 at 4:34pm

It is with great sadness to announce that our sweet mother and grandmother, Patricia Ruth Conrath, 97, passed away peacefully Saturday afternoon, Dec. 16, 2023.

Patricia Ruth was born in St. Maries, Idaho, on Sept. 11, 1926, to William E. and Laurina (Larson) Clute.

She was one of seven children and the family lived in Emida, Idaho, for 10 years before moving to Cheney, Wash. in 1936, where she resided until her death. Patricia Ruth went through school in Cheney, then married Bert Herman Conrath on July 25, 1948.

Pat and Bert had three children who survived them: Becky Ann (John) Marsh, Phillip (Kathy) Bert and William Allen (Vara Lyn), all of Cheney, Wash .; nine grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Pat led an active life; she taught cake decorating for adult education at Spokane Community College as well as organized countless weddings. She made wedding, birthday and retirement cakes for family and friends, as well as others. She worked at Chet's Flowers and Sunset Florist as a floral designer.

Pat had an immense love of all sports, bowling, golf, tennis, softball, horseshoes and basketball, so competitive that she would never let any of her grandkids beat her at ping-pong or pool.

Pat was an artist who loved crafting and painting for Emmanuel Lutheran Church, as well as designing trophy-winning floats for the annual Lilac Parade in Spokane.

Pat's first love was her family, she and Bert had been married 67 years.

They took cruises to Europe, the Panama Canal and the Bahamas as well as numerous trips to Hawaii and others around the country. Pat was a charter member of Fairways Golf Course, as well as a member of Alpha Phi of Beta Sigma Phi, Diakonia, Beta lunch bunch and a longtime member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Cheney.

Pat was preceded in death by her husband, Bert, in 2014; her parents; brothers, Allen (Smith), Bill and George; sisters, Martha Vaughan, Betty Vigue and Donna Rice; and her baby son, Errington.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 8, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 625 C. Street, Cheney, Wash. 99004 with interment following for family at the Washington State Veteran's Memorial Cemetary in Medical Lake.

We would like to express our sincere thanks to Hospice of Spokane; their services were invaluable and very appreciated.!/Obituary


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