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Florence Veleta Reese-Lawyer-Pattee
  • 82 years old
  • Date of birth: Aug 15, 1933
  • Place of birth:
    Los Angeles, California, United States
  • Date of passing: Nov 2, 2015
  • Place of passing:
    Yakima, Washington, United States
Flo Reese-Lawyer-Pattee-
an extraordinary woman whose unconditional Love inspired and transformed many.

Florence Veleta Reese-Lawyer-Pattee from Naches, WA died on Nov 2, 2015 surrounded by 4 generations of her loving family and friends.

“Flo" was born in Los Angeles, CA on Aug 15, 1933 to Homer Reese and Veleta Pepper Reese.   

After attending Belmont High School in LA, Flo received a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Occidental College in 1955 and then began teaching high school mathematics.

Flo was a teacher at heart and had a gift of inspiring others to become their best with her unconditional love.   

She married Lee Lawyer in 1967 and became the step-mom of Phil and Greg Lawyer.  Flo and Lee had two additional children, Erik and Laura that they raised in Thousand Oaks, CA.

Although a full-time teacher, Flo’s passion was her family and friends.  

Flo went on to receive her Masters in Public Education and began her highly respected career as an Administrator at LA’s continuation school, Metropolitan High.  As one example of her loving character, Flo held baby showers for the pregnant high school students. 

She went on to become Vice Principal at Birmingham High, then Principal at Verdugo Hills High, Redwood Intermediate School, and retired as the Principal at Newbury Park High School in the mid 1990’s.  She loved teaching so much that after retiring as a principal she returned to teach her favorite subject, math, to the students of La Reina Middle & High School until June, 2000. 

After her husband Lee’s death in 1999 and after her second retirement in June 2000, Flo moved to the Chinook Pass area west of Naches, WA to be closer to her family and friends. Since that time she was a member of the Chinook Pass Lions Club, serving as Treasurer, Secretary and President of that club at various times. She was on the founding board of the Naches Dollars for Scholars, which serves students graduating from Naches Valley High School. She was an active member of the Chinook Pass Elderberries, which is part of the Red Hats Society.   

She married her friend, and fellow high school adminstrator, Marty Pattee in March, 2004 who predeceased her in May, 2015.  

She enjoyed getting together with her many friends, picking wild mushrooms and huckleberries, attending musical events, traveling, hiking, playing Sudoku, spending time with her children, grandchildren, and her dog Buddy.  She loved to entertain in her beautiful mountain home.  She was an extraordinary woman who was loved and respected by all who knew her.  

Surviving are her son, Erik Lawyer (Seattle, WA), her daughter, Laura Brown (Parkdale, OR), her step sons Phil Lawyer (Frazier Park,CA) and Greg Lawyer (Goldendale, WA), daughter-in-laws; Kelly Lawyer (Seattle, WA), Debbie Lawyer (Goldendale, WA), son-in-law Scott Brown (Parkdale, OR), 6 grandchildren; Tabitha Determan, Tammie Wong, Tiffany Lawyer, Lienne Brown, Kody Lawyer, Silas Brown, 5 great-grandchildren; Seth Wong, Alan Ourada, Kayla Ourada, Logan Wong, Ethan Ourada, and her dog Buddy.

 

There will be an informal memorial gathering at Ciscos restaurant in Thousand Oaks, CA on Wed, Nov. 18 from 3:30-5:30PM.

There will be a formal memorial service at Nile Valley Community Church on Fri. Dec 11th, 2015 in Naches, WA beginning at 11AM.

In lieu of flowers or gifts; memorial tributes, stories and photo sharing on her website - www.go2flo.org, and/or donations to Chinook Pass Lions Club or Naches Dollars for Scholars in her name would be greatly appreciated.

With Love & Gratitude,
Florence "Flo" Veleta Reese-Lawyer-Pattee's family & friends


Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Eileen & Bob Fischer on 17th August 2016

"Dear Laura and Erik,
We hold dear in our hearts the memories of you all going up in Thousand Oaks  Those were special times for all of us!  Thank you for sending this memorial message on your Mom's birthday!
Love, Eileen"

This tribute was added by vinton cerf on 20th November 2015

"I was a high school student in the late 50s and early 1960s, graduating from Van Nuys High in winter 1961. As a former member of the math team, I was invited by Flo Reese to attend the celebratory dinner of the 1961 team at the Sportsman's Lodge on Ventura Blvd in the San Fernando Valley. I remember Flo as a young, attractive 28 year old math teacher who was devoted to her students and enthusiastic about her subject. Two of her students, Steve Crocker and I, went on to become part of the team that developed the ARPANET and the INTERNET.

vint cerf"

This tribute was added by vinton cerf on 20th November 2015

"I was a high school student in the late 50s and early 1960s, graduating from Van Nuys High in winter 1961. As a former member of the math team, I was invited by Flo Reese to attend the celebratory dinner of the 1961 team at the Sportsman's Lodge on Ventura Blvd in the San Fernando Valley. I remember Flo as a young, attractive 28 year old math teacher who was devoted to her students and enthusiastic about her subject. Two of her students, Steve Crocker and I, went on to become part of the team that developed the ARPANET and the INTERNET.

vint cerf"

This tribute was added by Eileen & Bob Fischer on 18th November 2015

"Flo was always that happy, loving, gentle, generous and honest light in our lives.  She was a true friend with whom you could share your deepest thoughts . She would listen without judgement.  I remember her as a VERY  loving and caring mother to Eric and Laura.  Even though she worked full time, she was available and participated in many of their actives. Flo was there with the cookies, cakes, and all the other goodies that were required when your children were involved in activities. She had an enormous amount  of love for everyone. I especially remember when the 3Ts were coming to visit, Laura and Flo were so happy to be with them.  You could feel the happiness abounding in the house.   I want everyone to know how she loved my daughter Christy and how Christy LOVED her. Flo was her second mother! Flo was so patient and generous with her time advising Christy how to  apply for her first teaching job as a math teacher. Christy and Laura were (BFF) even before we knew what that meant!! Lee, Laura and Eric are blessed to have had Flo as a wife and mother.  With deepest sympathy and Love.  Bob and Eileen"


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This memorial is administered by:

Tammie Wong
Carol Alexander
Erik Lawyer
Laura Brown
Debbie Lawyer
Tabitha Determan
Tiffany Lawyer

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