Patricia Marie (Kocer) Boydston, was born in Yankton, South Dakota on March 15, 1939 and died in Olympia, Washington surrounded by her family on July 22, 2021.
“Pat” was born to Vit and Lillian (Post) Kocer. She was raised on the family farm north of Lesterville, SD, by her Aunt Mary and her Kocer family. She graduated from Scotland High School in 1957. She worked for a short time at the State Hospital, then moved to Denver, Colo. With her cousin and friends. There she met Jim Boydston who was stationed in the Air Force. They were married on September 2, 1959 in Lesterville, South Dakota. They had six children: two were born while stationed in Littlerock, Arkansas; one born in Yankton, South Dakota, while Jim was stationed in Okinawa; one born in Las Vegas, Nevada while stationed there; and the last two were born in Renton, Washington. Pat’s devotion was to raise his children, babysit his grandchildren, attend church every Sunday, and be an active member of the church. She worked part time while raising her family including House of Clocks and Fotomat. She later worked for the Boeing Company where she retired in 1994.
Over the years, Pat has had fun dressing up for Halloween. She attended the “Clown School” and performed in church plays, attended parades and grandchildren’s birthday parties. She has always been a big fan of all the activities of her children and grandchildren. She loved watching their sporting events, their plays, their dance recitals … She will be remembered for playing whiffle ball with them, throwing the ball to them and helping them learn to float in the water. She was always ready to be part of the wrestling, croquet group and enjoyed playing cards and games with her family and friends; she had a great sense of humor and loved jokes. She helped plant gardens, clean chickens, cook and bake. Pat enjoyed watching Days of Our Lives. She was a huge fan of Mariner and enjoyed watching the Lesterville Broncs when she visited her hometown in South Dakota.
Pat was a long-time member of the Lutheran Church in Bethlehem where she had many friends and enjoyed playing in a Pinochle card club. She was an active member of the Mary-Martha Society, Holiday Bible School, Spring Cleaning Events, Mission Board, and would gladly help in the kitchen at church events. Pat spent most of his time helping others until his health prevented him from continuing to do so. She always offered a helping hand to those in need, a great example to follow, a true steward of Christ.
Pat is survived by her children: Laura (Greg) Ware of Olympia, WA; Jacqui Boydston of Lacey, WA; Rita (Darrin) Bierle d’Utique, SD; Don (Janene) Boydston of Renton, WA; Anne (Scott) Baker of Maple Valley, WA; Grandchildren: Ellen (Nathan) Saline; Carl Ware; Makayla and Curtis Boydston, Carly Woodfield; Kaci and Brody Bierle; Dustin and Riley Baker; Great-grandchildren: Hunter, Kiera and Rylan; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
Pat was predeceased by her 60-year-old husband, infant son Michael Allen, parents, sisters Margorie Scherschligt and Kathleen Bruna and brother Franklin Kocer, and grandnephew Nathan Kocer.
A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday August 28, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Renton, WA. A private funeral will precede the memorial service on August 27, 2021.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, available online at www.michaeljfox.org.
Yankton Press & Dakotan
August 12, 2021