Patsy was born June 29, 1935, at home on Black Hawk Bar to Clifford and Edith Murphy. She lived in the Slate Creek, Idaho, area in her younger years. Her father built a new home on Main Street in Riggins, Idaho, when Patsy was 8 years old. She lived in the same house on Main Street until she sold it a few years ago and moved to the Irwin Center. Patsy’s parents came to Riggins from Indiana. Patsy loved to talk about the time they went back to Indiana to see relatives.
Patsy was an accomplished “fancy worker”. She could crochet, embroider and hand stitch beautifully. She made hundreds of beautiful items that she would give to people she liked or sell to others.
Patsy was an integral part of the community of Riggins. Everyone knew Patsy “The Famous Can Lady”. She spent thousands of hours picking up cans and encouraging others to pick up cans to be recycled to raise funds for a new ambulance. This resulted in thousands of dollars and hours used as match for the grant for a new ambulance. Patsy claimed ownership and was very proud of the new ambulance. She loved to ride in the ambulance in the Riggins Rodeo Parade.
Patsy knew lots of stories about what went on in the Riggins area in years past. Patsy was very smart about dates, relatives and birthdays. She knew the birthday of everyone she knew. Patsy was very proud of being Irish and having an Irish temper. Her temper got her in trouble at times. She had opinions on most things. She was eager to share her opinions. She really didn’t care if a person liked or shared her opinion, but she wasn’t going to change it.
Patsy died on Friday, April 27, 2018, at St. Luke’s Hospital in McCall, Idaho.
There will be a memorial service for Patsy at 10 a.m. Friday, May 4, 2018, at the Salmon River Community Church in Riggins. All of her friends are welcome to attend.
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