Our beloved sister, aunt, great aunt and friend, Patricia Lee Jarvis, 70, of Provo, Utah, passed away October 22, 2020.
Pat was born in Salt Lake City to Lee Taylor and Jeanette Bowers Jarvis on August 4, 1950. She was the second oldest of seven children. She completed her educational years at Douglas Elementary, Roosevelt Middle and East High School. While attending Douglas, many international scholars were concerned about the deepening cold war with Russia and because social engineers felt more young people needed to learn and speak Russian, Pat and others were invited to learn Russian. It was her membership in the East High Russian club and opportunities of her academic years that led her to declare Russian Studies as her major from the University of Utah and spend a summer on a Russian study abroad. She graduated from East High School in 1968 where she was named one of 22 outstanding senior scholars from her class of 338. Following her graduation she moved to New York for two years and worked for Macmillan Publishing Company as an editor. She also worked for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the church office building and at Deseret Book.
Pat took advantage of many adventures during her life. Soon after beginning employment with Advanced Language Processing Systems (ALPS)/Interlingua, Pat was offered a job in Switzerland then a transfer to London for 10 years. Her time abroad provided opportunities for travel to several European countries. In the UK, Pat met many lifelong friends who continued their friendships long after she returned to the United States. Upon return to the US, she spent a short time working in both Chicago and Boise then finally settled in Provo where she resided until her passing.
Among her many talents, Pat was an accomplished pianist who could sight read and improvise. In the early 70s, while her mother performed on stage, Pat was the piano voice for the heroin and villain in the Park City Melodramas. Nearly everywhere she resided, she was asked to accompany vocalists and instrumentalists, and on Sundays, you could find her playing the piano for the primary or providing organ music for the congregation.
Although she never married and had children of her own, she was a wonderful sister, aunt, great aunt and friend. Pat was very intelligent and liked to read, sew, cook and learn new things. As an older sister, Pat was often called upon to help her younger siblings with their school assignments and projects. She is warmly recognized for her role as a wonderful second mother to her youngest sister, Wendy who was born when Pat was 21 years old. They enjoyed many sleep overs and movie nights as well as several road trips together throughout the US and Europe. She loved to host family and friends for dinner parties of culinary delight and game nights where she demonstrated a tough competition during family trivia games and gained the title "Boggle master". She attended birthday celebrations and other important events of her extended family. Her nieces and nephews looked forward to having sleepovers, cooking nights, scavenger hunts and parties with Aunt Pat.
Pat was one of the kindest, most genuine people anyone could meet and she engaged in many acts of service. Those who have spent time with her know that she always took an interest in their lives. Upon her retirement, she volunteered to help her niece, Rose with her newborn twins whom she lovingly called “The Mini-s”. She cared for them, read to them, and played with them.They and their older siblings loved spending time with Aunt Pat over the past several years.
Pat was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and served in many capacities including primary president, young women’s president, primary teacher, etc. The brothers and sisters of the Foothill Ward, Provo were a cherished ward family. She knew the neighbors on her street, young and old, and they highly regarded Pat. She will be missed.
Pat Jarvis is survived by her siblings Ken (Patty) Jarvis, Kelly (Ruth) Jarvis, Scott (Jane) Jarvis, Jill Hughes, Kathlyn Thatcher (Tom) and Wendy Hairel (John). She is preceded in death by her parents, Lee and Jeanette Jarvis and her nephew Christopher Lee Jarvis.
Funeral service by invitation only.