Patricia Lou Clift

June 13, 2018 — Patricia Lou Clift was a great woman who lived as she believed:  Fiercely independent, intelligent, complex, honest, exceptionally charming, and most notably a passionate dog lover.

Born in 1935 to Allon and Gladys Clift of Little Rock, Ark., Patricia attended Little Rock Central High School and the University of Arkansas.  In 1957, she married Monte Tubb and, over the next six years, they had three children.

The family came to Eugene in 1966, when Monte took a teaching position at the University of Oregon’s School of Music. Patricia continued her education, earning her bachelor’s degree with a teaching certificate from the U of O.

In 1972, Patricia started the Book & Tea Shop with two other women.

The original location, at 24th and Hilyard streets in Eugene (and later, relocating to 19th and Agate), quickly became a popular neighborhood gathering place for the over-30 crowd, hosting rap sessions for women’s social and political groups as well as special events celebrating the arts.

Patricia’s unique sense of artistry and business were reflected in the Book & Tea’s lively upbeat and friendly atmosphere.

A resident of Florence since 1996, Patricia enjoyed living in her ocean cabin with her dogs, her garden and her passion for reading.  She was well known at the Farmer’s Market, where she sold her succulent pots.

She was unique and ahead of her time; from the bookstore, to her handmade cement planters, her creations were no doubt inspirations to all who knew them. 

Patricia died peacefully at her daughter’s home in Santa Rosa, Calif., on May 25, 2018, at age 84 after living with cancer for 10 years.

She is survived by her be-loved dog, Billy; and her three children: Daven Tubb of Eugene, Ore.; Lynette (Tom) Batson, of Santa Rosa, Calif.; and Brady Tubb of Smithfield, N.C.   

She was adored as “Gram-mies” by Steven, Krista, Jessica, Raleigh, Parker, Brandon and Sailor, and as  “Great Grammies” to Trae, Emmalyn, Jackson and Mason. 

Patricia’s love for Oregon and her dear friends there were a source of great comfort and joy.

A remembrance gathering will be held Wednesday, July 4, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Friends Meeting House, 2274 Onyx St. in Eugene.

MARTIN—John O. Martin, 91, of Florence, passed away June 8, 2018.

Arrangements are being held through Burns’s Riverside Chapel Florence Funeral Home.


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