Patricia “Pat” Chandler was born on August 19, 1926, in Cheyenne, Wyoming to Veva and Creston Finch. She attended South High School in Denver as well as Denver University. She later transferred to Colorado State University in Ft. Collins where she met her future husband, William H. Chandler. They were married in 1948 and had five children. Pat and her family lived on a farm in Yuma County, Colorado, for nearly 15 years before moving to Trinidad, Colorado, where her husband worked for the Farmers’ Home Administration. She first worked in Trinidad at the Chronicle Newspaper. In a few years Pat took a job at Trinidad State Junior College and held various administrative positions at Trinidad State Junior College before serving as the college’s Registrar. Pat retired in 1996 at the age of 70 and frequently said she thoroughly enjoyed and wished she was still working at TSJC.
After her husband passed away in 2004, Pat lived in Phoenix, AZ, with her eldest daughter, Katherine (Kay) Chandler. Throughout Pat’s life, she was an avid reader, grew beautiful flower gardens, and enjoyed live theatre performances, especially the opera in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She and her husband spent many lovely summers together with family and friends at their picturesque mountain cabin in Cuchara near the Spanish Peaks in Southern Colorado. As a couple, they also enjoyed shopping together for antique glass and furniture. In the autumn, they frequently gathered with friends in rural Colorado for hunting outings followed by festive pheasant and quail dinners. Pat is survived by her five children and their spouses: Katherine) Chandler Connie Chandler, Cynthia and Randy Redfern, Marcia and Victor Nelson and William (‘Bill’) Chandler as well as eight grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and one great, great grandson.
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