Patricia R. Despain


MENDOTA - Patricia R. Despain, 91, of Mendota died June 14, 2018 at Ottawa Pavilion.

Graveside services for the family will be held on July 21 at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery followed by a celebration of life.

Pat was born April 21, 1927 in Davenport, Iowa to George and Gladys (Norris) Schroeder. She married Robert Despain on March 14, 1948 in Fairfield, Iowa. He preceded her in death in 2003.

Survivors include one sister, Jean Six of Fairfield, Iowa; two daughters, Kathy Despain and Nancy Moen, both of Peru; one son, David (Dr. Wendy Krupp) Despain of Athens, Georgia; two grandsons, Mack Moen of Eugene, Ore. and Marty Moen of Lake Oswego, Ore.; and two great-grandchildren, Kaci Moen and Walker Moen.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; her stepmother, Mary Schroeder; and one sister, Janan Nixon.

Pat was a 1945 graduate of Fairfield High School. She was a longtime employee of the Fairfield Glove Factory and Bell’s Veterinary Clinic in Fairfield. She and her family moved to Mendota in 1966, where she worked at Sears Appliance Store, Campbell’s Cleaners and Masters Wallpaper and Paint. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church and the Mendota Golf Club. At the age of 80, she traveled on a grand adventure to Peru, South America to visit her AFS daughter, Carmen Sanchez DeLaCruz. While in Peru, she hiked the ancient Inca ruins of Machu Picchu. She also enjoyed gardening and was an avid golfer.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. John’s Lutheran Church in Mendota, Illinois Valley Animal Rescue in LaSalle, Lily Pads in Peru or a favorite charity.

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