Patricia Lee Knipe


May 4, 2019 — Beloved by family, friends, and former students; remembered lovingly as a “remarkable human” of “kindness and grace” whose “gentle face and beautiful smile looked out with love and light,” a “most caring individual who made everyone feel special”; Patricia Lee Knipe passed away April 20, 2019, at age 73.

Born to parents Richard and Betty Erath on November 15, 1945, Patty grew up in Southern California, a 1963 graduate of Edgewood High School in West Covina, Calif. She attended Mt. SAC College and University of Oregon, earning a teaching certificate and Masters in Art Education.

She married the love of her life, Gary Knipe, on Aug. 23, 1969. The couple raised two children, Kirsten and Kyle, both of whom are teachers like their parents.

Patty’s first teaching position was Mapleton High School, and later Siuslaw High School. She developed thriving art programs at each. Many artists-to-be were nurtured in her classes where “a love and appreciation of all arts” was offered, but her caring demeanor also made her classroom “a home for kids who didn’t feel at home anywhere else” … “a gifted teacher and mentor.”

Upon retirement in 2001, Patty painted, led art workshops and travelled — most notably her dream trip to the art museums of Paris, and the couple’s second home in Los Bariles, Baja California Sur.

Patty survived a double lung transplant in 2010 that granted her nine additional years to share her love and talent with family and friends, and especially, to be Oma to her grandchildren Jonah and Wren.

Patty’s passing leaves a void in so many lives, but her presence endures and she is very much alive in our memories: “She is the most generous, kind, patient, and talented person I know” … “She has taught me so much about love and patience, and strength and family” … “Her smile made everyone else smile.”

Patty will also be remembered with the establishment of the Patricia Lee Knipe Art Scholarship for Mapleton and Siuslaw seniors.  Donations to the scholarship fund may be given at the June 1 Celebration of Life at the Florence Events Center (at 2 p.m.) or at Banner Bank.

Checks can be made to Jim Grano or Sheldon Meyer with the memo: Patricia Lee Knipe Art Scholarship.

“She leaves a legacy of love for all” … “She left the world a better place.”

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