Patricia Marie "Patty" Simkins

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PATRICIA MARIE (BERG) SIMKINS
November 2, 1968 ˜ January 7,
2019

On Monday, January 7, 2019, Patty Simkins passed away peacefully at the young age of 50 after a 4-1/2 year courageous battle with Olfactoryneuroblastoma. She was born in Coos Bay, OR to Mary and Joseph Berg.
Patty and her family moved from Coquille, OR to Corvallis, OR at the age of 8. She graduated from Crescent Valley High School in 1986 and attended Oregon State University. While attending school she worked at Safeway where she met her future husband Jason Simkins, in the summer of 1987.
Patty and Jason moved to Beaverton, OR in 1989 where Patty began her career working for Nordstrom at Washington Square Mall. She quickly rose to the management level, leaving Nordstrom in 1995 when she went to work as a workman’s comp Claims Specialist for Johnston & Culberson, Inc. She left in 1996 to begin her dream job as a stay-at-home mom after the birth of her first child, Nicholas. Marie followed in 1998 and Patty embraced every second of being a busy mom.
In September 1999, Patty and Jason moved to Vancouver, WA. As the kids grew, Patty worked periodically for Nordstrom and enjoyed staying connected to her professional friends. When her children reached the middle school age she could be found on the sidelines of basketball courts, cross country tracks and volleyball courts clapping and cheering for everyone. Patty loved the busy life of having both children in sports where she could be with them, meet new people, share stories and make lifelong friends.
Patty was known to her family as ’Patty-perfect’ because in our eye’s, she was. She was always happy, had a beautiful warm smile. Once you were her friend, you were friends for life. She handled her battle with cancer with amazing grace, strength, determination and never complained. She set personal goals for her journey and achieved them. Patty had unwavering hope, faith and belief in God. She loved and embraced her family who was everything to her.
Patty led a very active, healthy lifestyle exercising daily. She loved her daily smoothie’s, a good decaf, non-fat, no-foam latte affectionately called the ’what’s the point’ by her barista-friends at Starbucks.
Patty is survived by her husband of 27 years, Jason (Camas, WA), son Nicholas and daughter Marie. She was an amazing sister to Mary Mahorney, Joe Berg, John Berg and Kathleen Berg Lefebvre. Patty genuinely loved being and aunt to all her nieces and nephews and a cousin to her many cousins around the country. She is preceded in death by her parents.
A Funeral Mass will be held Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Vancouver, WA. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the , Community Home Health & Hospice (Vancouver, WA) or Children’s Cancer Association (Portland, OR).
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Published in The Columbian on Jan. 15, 2019
Arrangements under the direction of:
Zeller Chapel of the Roses Funeral Home
2107 NE BROADWAY ST | Portland, OR 97232 | (503) 287-1155
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