Patricia Jean Robbins Pinard
Patti was born Sept. 5, 1925 in Brawley to Bert and Ethel Robbins. She graduated from BUHS in 1943. She worked at the Brawley Fountain and for the telephone company before starting her family.
She was the first teacher at the Soroptimist school for the handicapped. After the death of her daughter Sandy in 1957, she began working for Dr. Robert Jay Chapman as his assistant.
In 1978, she married Philip Pinard. They enjoyed many years of travelling the country and the local desert as members of the Gem and Mineral Society. After the death of her son-in-law Chuck Stephens in 1998, she jumped in to help raise her grandchildren, going to school events and practices for all their sporting endeavors.
Patti especially loved going out to lunch, usually Brownies Diner, Dora's or Hacienda Snack Bar. She loved puzzles and always had a word search book handy. She was a voracious reader, especially fond of mysteries.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Alyce White, her brother Earl Robbins of Albuquerque, NM, her daughter Alyce Robbins "Sandy" Elmore; her son, James Graham "Jamie" Elmore; her nephew, Joe White of Denison, KS; and son-in-law Charles “Chuck” W. Stephens.
Patti is survived by her husband Phil; daughters, Beth Severance of Idyllwild and Miriam Elmore of Brawley. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Sarah Newstead and Ryan Severance of San Diego; Jamie Elmore of Port Angeles, WA; Kelly Cremeens of Crestline, CA; Cody Smith of Casper, WY; and Margery and Charlie Stephens of Brawley.
A celebration of Patti's life will take place on Friday, Dec. 6th at Inferno on the Plaza in Brawley at 10 a.m. The Humane Society and ARC of Imperial Valley were organizations dear to her heart.