Our sweet Mother/Grandma Pat passed away on Mother’s Day at Valle Verde Retirement Village in Santa Barbara at the age of 95. She had a long and wonderful life.
She was born the third of four children to James Lester and Bonnie Adair in Caruthersville, Missouri. She lived in the country where her Dad had a country store and Pat would help with the candy counter. She got to try all the candy products so that she could tell everyone how good they were. As an adult, Pat didn’t favor sweets as she had her fill of candy at the store. After graduating from high school in 1940, Pat moved to Detroit to be near her sister and to work in the many jobs waiting for women in the war manufacturing plants. She had many friends and enjoyed her single life until she was 25 and met the love of her life, a handsome Italian man named Frank Tricomo. They married in 1947 and enjoyed a long marriage until Frank passed away in 2003.
Frank and Pat had three children and lived in a suburb of Detroit, Roseville until 1962. They enjoyed many family vacations in Northern Michigan, one of their favorite places being Burt Lake where they camped out in a tent under the Pine Trees and enjoyed swimming every day. Then, on a family trip to California in 1962 to visit relatives, they decided to make the move to Oxnard, California.
Pat stayed home to raise her kids and at 50 years old re-entered the job market and went to work in the accounting department at 3M Laboratories in Ventura, California, where she worked for 13 years. In retirement, Pat and Frank bought a camper and traveled the United States, visiting friends and relatives and seeing several National Parks. They also traveled to Hawaii. In 2010, she moved to Valle Verde Retirement Home in Santa Barbara to be near her daughter and son-in-law. She enjoyed her new home making friends and participating in activities.
Pat is survived by her daughter, Anita Mills (Allen) of Santa Barbara, Steven Tricomo of Queen Creek, Arizona and Joseph Tricomo of McAllster, Oklahoma, 4 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Valle Verde and Assisted Hospice of Santa Barbara for their loving care of our Mother.
A private family ceremony will be held. We will miss our sweet Mom’s smile and twinkling blue eyes and know that she is smiling down on us from heaven.