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Longtime Kent resident Pat Curran dies; she was 2009 Cornucopia Days Old Timers Queen
Pat Curran, a longtime Kent resident and 2009 Kent Cornucopia Days Old Timers Queen, died Jan. 15 of lung cancer. She was 77.
Curran and her husband Pete were selected as the Old Timers King and Queen of the annual Kent festival by the Kent Historical Society because of their long history and involvement in the community.
They were featured in the Kent Reporter after earning the King and Queen honors.
Here is her obituary submitted to the Kent Reporter:
Patricia “Pat” Jane Curran died on Jan. 15 of lung cancer. She lived in Kent for 50 years, where she recently reigned as Queen of Kent (Oldtimers’ division). Pat was born in Spokane on Sept. 25, 1933 to Doris and Wallace Phillips.
Pat was married in 1955 to Charles Peter “Pete” Curran, and they were always known as Pete and Pat. Pat raised eight kids with Pete. Her infectious laugh was cherished by her family and friends.
Pat was a longtime parishioner and lay minister at Holy Spirit Parish in Kent, and with Pete served the needy through St. Vincent De Paul. Pat spearheaded downtown Kent development through the Kent Downtown Partners. She was an early supporter of Kent’s Saturday Market.
Pat was an arts promoter, and with Pete, brought the Blind Boys of Alabama to Kent as well as other performing artists. She was officer of the Northwest Renaissance poetry organization.
Pat loved her friends; participating in a walking group and a book group. She played tennis with yet another circle of women. She served many causes, including Children’s Orthopedic.
Pat is survived by her husband, Pete, her children Keelin, Sheila, Marcy, Betsey, Brendan, Mary, and Megan. Her beloved son Colin died in 1983. She is also survived by 19 grandchildren, a great grandchild, and her two brothers Wally and Jay Phillips.
Funeral services are at Holy Spirit Church in Kent at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 22. The Curran family encourages donations in lieu of flowers to St. Vincent De Paul, Holy Spirit Conference.