Patricia Anne Avey

Patricia Anne Avey, 66, died June 3, 2017, in Puyallup.

Patricia Anne Avey, 66, died June 3, 2017, in Puyallup.

She was born June 14, 1950, in Shelton, Wash., to Angus and Merle McNeil. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English in 1972 from the University of Washington, where she was a member of the Kappa Delta Sorority. After graduating, she began her teaching career in the Highline School District in Seattle, then moved to the Enumclaw School District where she taught English for 42 years. Her adventurous side came out when she decided to move to Nuiqsut, Alaska, and teach for five years in the small, remote village.

During the last six years of her life she had the opportunity to travel to Scotland, Paris, Peru, Japan, London and Malta. Most of all she loved to visit her children at their homes in Los Angeles, Calif.

She is survived by son Mark Avey of West Hollywood, Calif.; daughter Anne Marie Avey of Venice, Calif.; brother Mike McNeil (Janet) of Seattle; and sister Marilyn McNeil (Tom) of Olympia, Wash.

A memorial service took place Saturday, June 10, at Calvary Presbyterian Church in Enumclaw.

The service was directed by Weeks’ Funeral Home in Buckley. All may sign the online guest book at www.weeksfuneralhomes.com.

She died from brain cancer and in light of this memorial donations are suggested to Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, P.O. Box 19023, Seattle, Wash. 98109.

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