Obituary: Patricia Starkey March 22, 1929–March 17, 2020

PATRICIA STARKEY March 22, 1929 – March 17, 2020

One year ago on March 17, 2020, Patricia (Pat) L. Starkey died from natural causes. 

Pat was born on March 22, 1929 to Lila and Nile McFarren. As a child she was raised on an orange grove in Anaheim, CA and loved spending time with her grandmother. As a young woman she studied music and sang at the USO and even produced a record. 

In 1946, Pat married LeRoy (Roy) Starkey. They started their life in Balboa, California and in 1965 they moved to Los Alamos. Pat started a small business named Originals by Patricia and she created beautiful trees and floral decorations. After Originals by Patricia, she managed at Title Guarantee. Later, she and Roy opened a western wear and horse supply store named The Hitching Post in the White Rock Village Shopping Center. Following closing The Hitching Post, Pat worked a few years at LANL and then became a homemaker.

When Pat was younger, she and Roy had two daughters, Cyndee and Jeanette. As a family they enjoyed building their own boat in a friend’s garage and water skiing on Lake Shasta, CA. Their daughters grew up and got married, and Pat and Roy became Grandparents to their three grandchildren, Erin, Heather and Patrick. When not spending time with family, they often went hunting, fishing and rode on Roy’s motorcycle. Horses were always a big part of their life, often riding the trails here in White Rock, the Pecos wilderness or the Jemez Mountains. They also raised steers and enjoyed gardening and tending to their beautiful backyard.

After Roy’s death in 1986, Pat continued to work hard making her house a home, taking care of her animals and gardening.  She always decorated her home for every season or holiday; especially Christmas. She had a fondness for rabbits and rabbit decorations. She had a very green thumb and had beautiful rose bushes. Then in the 1990’s, she revisited her love for singing. She enjoyed performing dinner shows at the old Los Alamos Inn and Fuller Lodge. She had a lovely soprano voice and enjoyed singing show tunes.

Later in life she enjoyed traveling to see family and friends, taking care of her home and being a Great-Grandmother. When at home she loved sitting on her patio admiring her gorgeous backyard and pool. While relaxing in her backyard she always had a black standard poodle by her side. As a Great-Grandmother to Jeffrey and Jacob Majors, she always looked forward to hiding Easter eggs for them and making it more challenging each year to find the “golden egg”. Her door was always open and often entertained her friends and family with wonderful parties and holiday celebrations. She always looked forward to her monthly luncheons with her group of friends she referred to as the Lunch Bunch Ladies.

Not a day goes by that Pat isn’t missed by her family and friends. May she rest in peace.

Patricia was preceded in death by her parents Lila and Nile McFarren and her husband LeRoy (Roy) A. Starkey. She is survived by her daughters, Cyndee Murphy (Jim) of Mesa, AZ; Jeanette Metzger-Thorp (Donald Thorp) of Los Alamos; Grand-daughters Erin Murphy of Mesa, AZ and Heather Metzger-Majors (Shane Dudick) of Los Alamos; Grandson Patrick Metzger of Los Alamos; Great-Grandsons Jeffrey Majors, Jr. of Chandler, AZ and Jacob Majors who is attending NMSU in Las Cruces, NM.

Due to Pat’s passing at the beginning of the COVID pandemic last year, we were not able to have services to honor and celebrate Pat’s life.