Patricia Joan (Gray) Rowland Vadman


Posted: Sunday, July 16, 2006

Former Juneau resident Patricia Joan (Gray) Rowland Vadman, 67, died July 7, 2006, at her home in Yuma, Ariz., following a lengthy respiratory illness.

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She was born April 15, 1939, in Longview, Wash., to Harold "Buck" Steward Gray and Ethel Grace James Gray. After graduation from Lincoln High School in Lincoln City, Ore., she married Rich-ard "Dick" Glenn Rowland. They moved to Kodiak in 1958, where he was employed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Bureau of Commercial Fisheries, and then to Juneau in 1959 when he was transferred to the Auke Bay Laboratory. In April 1964, her husband died in a boating accident during a research assignment at Traitors Cove near Ketchikan. They had three children: Steward, 6, Donnet, 5, and Richard, 3.

She met Ted Lowell Vadman in 1967. They married the following year at Chapel by the Lake and renewed their vows in 2002. They recently celebrated their 38th wedding anniversary. They resided in Juneau until 2004, when they moved to Yuma.

She worked as station manager for the Hertz and Avis corporations at Juneau Interna- tional Airport for 22 years, retiring in 1996. While living in Juneau, she was active in March of Dimes, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Beta Sigma Phi, Juneau Yacht Club and Pioneers of Alaska.

Her family members said, "Pat was a very devoted and loving wife, mother and grandmother and will be deeply missed."

Pat is survived by her husband, Ted; son, Stew Rowland and wife, Mindy, of Juneau; daughter, Donnet Rowland Villegas and husband, Arnold, of Yuma; son, Richard Rowland, of Anchorage; granddaughters, Nichole Rowland, of Anchorage, and Carli Myers, of Yuma; grandsons, Justice Rowland, of Anchorage, Rowan Villegas and Kevin Villegas, of Yuma, and Matt Villegas, of Oxnard, Calif.; three great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; brother-in-law, Donald Rowland and wife, Brenda, of San Jose, Calif.; and sister-in-law, Nancy Kuntzmann and husband, Paul, of Portland, Ore.

She was preceded in death by her first husband and parents.

At her request, a Celebration of Life will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. July 30 at the Juneau Yacht Club. Her remains will be scattered at her three most memorable and favorite locations: the Auke Bay area, the Oregon Coast near her childhood home in Lincoln City and the Mall of America in Minneapolis.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions in her name be made to Hospice and Home Care of Yuma, 1824 South Eighth Ave., Yuma, AZ, 85364-5517. Condolences may be sent to Ted Vadman, 10413 East 38th Place, Yuma, AZ, 85365.

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