Patricia (Patty) Deery passed away on Monday, April 17, at the age of 59, while in the care of the compassionate staff of the Palliative Care Center at Sanford South. Her family was by her side as she peacefully left this earth and went to be with the Lord. She had waged a long difficult fight with cancer.
Patty and her husband, Cliff (CJ) are both from Jamestown, ND. They married August 18, 1979 and raised four boys in Fargo. All the boys continue to live and work in Fargo; Christopher, Philip, Nick and Dexter. Patty has a 4 year old grandson, Finley. Patty is survived by her dad, Glyndon White, Jamestown, two sisters, Kathy Lee, Devils Lake and Linda Isakson, Bismarck and one brother Robert, Billings, Montana. She was preceded in death by her mother, Dorothy White.
Patty dedicated her entire professional life to young children and their families. She graduated from NDSU in 1980 with a degree in Child Development. She had several management positions with area programs serving children and families including Clay County Public Health, Tri-Valley Opportunity Council Head Start, Ottertail Wadena Head Start, and SENDCAA Early Head Start. She conducted workshops throughout the region on child development and she authored a resource guidebook for preschool staff and parents identifying appropriate child development activities for various ages. She was active in working for the inclusion of young children with disabilities into the Head Start environment.
Everyone who knew Patty described her as a woman who knew what she wanted. She never was fearful of speaking her mind. She loved supporting the NDSU Bison, the Green Bay Packers and the UND hockey team. She and her sisters loved taking road trips to various casinos and up until her mom’s passing included her in an annual trip to someplace new every year.
Patty was a good cook and an even better baker. She loved making all kinds of wonderful desserts. Every holiday season she made a trip to her sister’s and spent 3 days making Christmas treats for everyone. She always cooked holiday meals for her boys and no one went away hungry. Patty was the glue that held her family together. Everyone knew that when Patty arrived there would be plenty of laughter and fun.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Patty Deery Benefit, at any Town and Country Credit Union.