Pat Winchell was born on June 2, 1932 to Ernie and Dot Winchell in Hubbard, Oregon.
She and her brother, Walter, grew up in Rainier, Oregon and spent many weekends
with their cousins in Salem. Pat met Arnold Hendrickson when she was spending time
with a girlfriend in Longview who lived near the fuel station where Arnold worked. She
began making more frequent trips to visit her girlfriend and Arnold managed to make
himself available to trade tasks with whomever was assisting Pat. They married on
Pat and Arnold had three children and she was always the most lively, fun and involved
mom of all. She dedicated her life to making her kids’ lives better by taxiing, cooking,
entertaining sleepovers and being a fun loving parent. Pat didn’t know how to swim so
she made sure all three kids learned how to swim at an early age so she could be
rescued if she fell into Arnold’s backyard swimming pool. She loved to shop and spend
time in the sun and tend her flowers in the summer months. Known as “Mother Hen” to
all her kids’ friends, she allowed fire drills around her car at stop lights (covered her
eyes and said she wouldn’t acknowledge she knew us if stopped by an officer), toilet
papering the neighbors at night, and screening phone calls for breakups that her teens
wanted to avoid.
Pat was the dream grandma. She reared all of the grandkids (even and especially when
they were sick) while parents were working, ferried them to sporting events, and
videotaped their accomplishments. She was the pit stop home for any family member
with a few extra moments in town or needing to take a nap or shower. There was
always spam and pasta topped with ketchup and cheese awaiting the grandkids.
She cherished time with her girlfriends and their weekly lunches, which sometimes
teetered on the brink of the pre-dinner hour. Pat had a wicked and warped sense of
humor… always quick with a sarcastic or sassy comeback even until the day before she
passed. She received several years of watchful attention by her grandson, Daniel,
which allowed her to remain in her home longer than expected. Pat loved her animal
pals up until the very end as she enjoyed the company of Addison’s dog, Bentley, at
Ullmann Family Home where she received excellent care.
She is survived by her brother, Walter, and her children, Dave (Teri) Lori (George) and
Linda (Ron). She is also survived by her grandchildren, Kevin (Ashley), Dave (Kendra),
Daniel, Peter (Lauren), Phil (Shannon), Halle, and Drake and great grandchildren, Mark,
Benton, and Jackson. Not to be forgotten, Pat was preceded in death by her husband,
Arnold, and great grandchild, precious Cooper. Because of Pat’s spirit of philanthropy,
please feel free to donate to the Humane Society or whatever brings your heart joy!