Patricia (Pat) Fern Cotton Dyer, 86, died at the family home in Deer Lodge on December 12th, 2020.
She was born to Francis and Wilma Cotton in Galion Ohio on November 17th, 1934. Where she lived and attended school until she met and married Lewis (Gene) Dyer and got married in May of 1951.
There they started a family and after a few years decided to move out west to Oregon. On their trip out West, they had car troubles and landed in St. Regis Montana where Gene went to work at the mill and wound up just staying in that area. Later in the years, they moved to the Deer Lodge Valley for Gene’s work and that is where they increased their family and had two more children.
Pat worked at Warm Springs State Hospital and then for the Montana Title and Registration Bureau for several years and then decided to continue her education. So, she worked during the day and traveled to Butte Vocational School to take night classes and received her Associated Degrees in Business Assisting and Court Reporting.
In the early 1980’s Pat and Gene divorced, and she moved the family to Helena Montana where she worked for the State of Montana Vocational Rehabilitation Office. She worked there until she retired and moved back to Deer Lodge to the family home.
Patricia had a passion for sewing and knitting. She was an exceptionally talented seamstress and made some of the most beautiful clothes and quilted blankets. It is one of the most cherished things of hers that all the children, grandchildren and great grandchildren will always have.
She lived for her family and made all the holidays beautifully memorable. She will be greatly missed.
Patricia is preceded in death by both of her parents, Francis and Wilma Cotton, brothers, Michael, and Frank Cotton.
She is survived by her four daughters, Wilma Taylor, Missoula, Linda Herncane, Missoula, Mary Peters, Missoula, Wanda Boggess, (Ken) Missoula, Joel Cotton (Marlene) Galion OH, Kathrine Cotton San Francisco CA, and numerous grand and great grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at a later date after the Covid 19 Pandemic is over and it is safe for our family to gather.
Please visit below to offer a condolence or share a memory of Patricia. Axelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been privileged to care for Patricia and her family.