Patricia was born in
Silverton, Oregon to Raymond and Rosalie Roth and was raised
on a small farm northeast of Salem.
Her life was cut short by ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).
She graduated from Salem Academy High School in 1972
and in 1976 from Oregon State University with a degree in
Early Childhood Education.
She began her work
life as a preschool teacher in Salem, then as an educational
assistant at Aumsville Elementary School, and for 23 years as
an instructional assistant at Sublimity Elementary School.
In 2007 she was honored with an educator of the year
award by the North Santiam School District.
On March 20, 1976
she married Luke Fritz and they setup housekeeping briefly in
Salem before moving to Aumsville for 5 years.
In 1982 they moved to six acres between Aumsville and
Sublimity where together they built the house in which they
have lived since. She
has three children who are all teachers:
daughter, Alicia, in Salem; daughter, Kara, in
Hillsboro; and son, Josiah, at North Lake School near
Pat was raised in
the Emmanuel Mennonite Church in Pratum and was a member of
the Stayton United Methodist Church where she served as a
Sunday School teacher for more than 30 years.
She lived her faith by treating everyone with dignity,
respect, and, above all, with the grace for which she was
noted. She expressed her artistic talents through sewing,
knitting, crocheting, a wide variety of arts and crafts, and
Pat is survived by
her husband and children and by her siblings Chuck Roth
(Anita) of Silverton, Crystal Silva (Michael) of Sisters, Tom
Roth (Julie) of Lyons, Kathy Roth (Eric Soder) of Woodland,
Washington, Paul Roth (Kathy) of Salem, and Dennis Roth (Lory)
of Silverton, and a large contingent of nephews and nieces
four of whom lived with Pat and Luke for five years:
Jacque Kokou (Emmanuel) and Karissa Miller of Maryland,
Jordan Miller (Ryan) of Germany, and Austin Miller of Fort
Drum, New York.
A memorial service
will be held at the Stayton United Methodist Church on
Saturday, March 4th at 2:00 p.m.
Donations in her name may be made to the ALS
Association of Oregon, Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, and
Stayton United Methodist Church.