Patty hiking, her favorite hobby
Patty McKee
  • 66 years old
  • Date of birth: Jan 3, 1947
  • Date of passing: Sep 10, 2013
Do not shed tears when I have gone but smile instead because I have lived. Do not shut your eyes and pray to God that I'll come back but open your eyes and see all that I have left behind.

This memorial website was created in the memory of my sister Patty McKee and our family.  You are welcome to light a candle and share a moment in support of her family...for charactors more then 265. Please go to Stories... 

Patricia "Patty" Sue McKee passed away in her sleep this morning at her home in Idyllwild, California. She was home with Gary, in the place that she loved. A long battle with Cancer never took the smile from her face and she never let it get in the way of her very active life. She was a Beautiful Wife, Mother, Sister, Aunt, Grammy and Friend and she touched the lives of so many children over the years by bringing joy to their faces at the Candy Cupboard located in Idyllwild. Services celebrating her life will be held on Tuesday September 17th at 11am at Idyllwild Pines
In lieu of flowers please donate to Idyllwild Community Center or Cancer Support Community which helps bring together people so "So that no one faces cancer alone.®

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Natasha Hennings on 19th January 2015

"Hi Garry,

I have only learnt today that Patty has passed on from over a year ago.  My heart goes out to you individually and your family, I wish I knew sooner.

I remember your time together in Australia snorkelling at the beach, patting Kangeroo's and following wild birds. I think you both enjoyed it!

Patty was a wonderful lady and I am so sorry for your loss.

Much Love
Natasha and Marcus xxx"

This tribute was added by Janice Hurlburt on 10th September 2014

"Our Family Chain

We little knew that morning,

God was going to call your name,

In life we loved you dearly,

In death we do the same.

It broke our hearts to lose you,

You did not go alone.

For part of us went with you,

The day God called you home.

You left beautiful memories,

Your love is still our guide,

And though we cannot see you,

You are always by our side.

Our family chain is broken,

And nothing seems the same,

But as God calls us one by one,

The chain will link again...

                    Author Unknown
We miss you Patty, I Love you SIS, my heart ache's missing you so, that I can't bear to think about it!"

This tribute was added by Beth Severance on 19th September 2013

"Gary, I met you & Patty in the 80's when we had a part-time home in Fern Valley. Anytime I saw you together in town, I always noticed how loving you were. I admired that in both of you. While my heart is sad for your loss, at the same time I am so glad you got to have the wonderful experience of loving Patty McKee. Namaste.'"

This tribute was added by Adele Machado on 18th September 2013

"I knew Patty through my Sister Sue Bristow. They were such great friends for so many years. I remember my sister telling us and sharing  photos from their trip to Europe and the wine country and what fun they had together. Both my nieces, Amy and Kat worked at the Candy Store. She was loved by many and will be so missed. You have found peace, Watch over all your family & friends. RIP"

This tribute was added by Sandii Daigh on 17th September 2013

"I admire Patty's strength, and love, and will miss her vibrance. Gary, I love you, my friend, and will be there for you as you embark through your journey. Xoxo Sandii Castleberry"

This tribute was added by Dee Butcher on 17th September 2013

"As I sat at the service for Patty today, I was in ah of how many people this little woman left an impact on. She had enough love to share with not just me but 100's of others. I know Gary, Jennifer and Jeff are bursting with pride to have had her as their very own. Now every time I see a butterfly I will think of Patty my dearest friend."

This tribute was added by Lauren Salter on 17th September 2013

"I'm so sorry to hear about Patty's passing! I spent many, many, MANY dollars at the Candy Cupboard in my youth, and still make a point to go when I am in town. Patty ALWAYS greeted me with a smile!

My fondest memories are of Patty serving her "witch's brew" on Halloween night to all of the kids!"

This tribute was added by Dave Miller on 17th September 2013

"Gary, Jeff and Jennifer,  what a true blessing your precious wife and mother was.  I will always remember Patty's smile and energy. The service was beautiful and seeing so many people flowing out the back doors... on a Tuesday morning was testament to the fact that she is loved by so many.  I watched one butterfly for about three minutes flying ever higher, round and round... then away."

This tribute was added by Sallie Price on 17th September 2013

"Patty's smile always lit up a room. She has been God's gift of life as an institution to the Idyllwild  community and has brought joy and help to so many people's lives. I have been blessed to know her and have her and the family as a part of my family's life. Blessings to you all. May God give you wisdom and strength in this time."

This tribute was added by Janice Hurlburt on 17th September 2013

"Post per Richard Lopez: No one loved life more than Patty, she enjoyed family, friends & friends of friends. There were always room for more. She treated everyone like family. When it came to life she fought harder to live it. she was never a contender, she was always the champion! I will miss you & will never forget all the wonderful memories I spent with you and Gray & rest of family"

This tribute was added by Chandra Lynn on 17th September 2013

"Patty gave me my first job when I was 16 at the candy cupboard. I have continued to always stop in the store anytime I have been in Idyllwild, its my fave place in town, which I have
passed tradition down to my kids;-)Patty was always so delightful to run into. Prayers to her family!!!"

This tribute was added by scot goralski on 16th September 2013

"Jeff & Jen, I am very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.  Love, Scot."

This tribute was added by Marsha Marcus on 16th September 2013

"My grandparents were among the founders of Camp Maranatha.  I remember going to family camp and walking to town to go to the Candy Cupboard.  Other "campers" these past few days have also shared wonderful memories of your shop, your friendly attitude, and your welcoming smile. I moved here 12 years ago, Candy Cupboard was there for me as before. We will miss you so.  Rest in God's care."

This tribute was added by linda. lackey on 16th September 2013

"You, patty are a wonderful child of God,   and I will so miss the light you shined on earth....yet I see you now in the arms of Jesus and I rejoice with thanksgiving that I knew you.  Thank you for teaching me about faith and lived them in each and every momemt.  I love you and I will always think of your beautiful face. Eternally,  linda"

This tribute was added by Theresa Teel on 16th September 2013

"I miss you, and Idyllwild misses you Patty. You'll always hold a very special place in my heart, and I'll never forget you. Every time I've ever seen you, you had the biggest smile on your face, and that is how I'll think of you."

This tribute was added by Jeannie Petrinovich on 16th September 2013

"I cannot imagine Idyllwild without you, Patty.  You raised generations of Idyllwild's young, working for you in the Candy Cupboard, learning from your beautiful and practical example.  Even the friends of young people working for you benefited.  You enriched Idyllwild in deep and enduring ways, as few others have.  Enjoy your restful reward!"

This tribute was added by Kit Mckee on 16th September 2013

"I love you Aunt Patty. What an inspiration you have been to me and so many others. So thankful that you knew Jesus as your savior and that you are with him now. You will be missed, but never forgotten."

This tribute was added by Susan Ariew Limon on 16th September 2013

"You will always hold a special place in my heart and will be missed by so many from the place I will always call home.  You brought smiles to so many children and adults with the wonderful Candy Cupboard and of course your beautiful smile. Love ya"

This tribute was added by MaryJane Hopster Papenhausen on 15th September 2013

"You were my friend before your wedding, we all so loved your smile , you are such a beautiful lady.  You will so terrible be missed. Heaven is happy to have you , I love you Patty  Love Mary Jane"

This tribute was added by MaryJane Hopster Papenhausen on 15th September 2013

"you were my friend before your wedding your smile has alway been a blessing for us. I so love you and already miss you, what a beautiful lady and a terrific friend. Heaven is so blessed to have you. all my love Mary Jane"

This tribute was added by michael macrae on 15th September 2013

"I knew Patty for many years but, unfortunately, not very well. She held
a  very, very special and very loving place in my son Kannyns' heart and I was always grateful for the love she showed and shared with him.
She was a beautiful person with style and grace and my thoughts and prayers go out to her family and loved ones."

This tribute was added by dianne elhajj on 15th September 2013

"Patty and her special family,
We always loved that darling smile and the infectious laugh! Patty, you were such a warm individual who made everyone feel at ease. You have left a tremendous legacy in the family who loves you and the people who miss you.  May you rest now and enjoy watching over us all, no longer in pain.  God bless!"

This tribute was added by Ingrid Boon on 13th September 2013

"Some people-very special people like Patty can never be replaced. She can only be remembered for the rich, full life she led, for the things she accomplished through the years, and for being there in so many peoples lives. I met Patty in the late 70’s. Besides Barclay MacRae and me, she shared the honored position of being one of Kannyn's “moms.” Rest in peace, lovely - you will be missed."

This tribute was added by Janice Hurlburt on 13th September 2013

"Nicole Hoffman Piddhiottina from FB.There are very few people in the world who stand above the rest who have those special endearing qualities that set them on an entirely different plane than the rest of us "ordinary" people. Whether it be that they have profound kindness emanating from their very core or that their determination & tenacity with living is so magnetic that they carry other"

This tribute was added by Amy & Billy Lieberman/Valentine on 13th September 2013

"i only knew you a fairly short time but what wonderful times it was. especially the nite of chicken wings galore a mere two weeks ago.         i feel very blessed to have known you. love-billy valentine"

This tribute was added by Anni Albano on 13th September 2013

"My heartfelt condolences go out to all your loved ones near and dear, friends and family. God bless you!!
Thank you for inviting me to the family beach house many years ago! You've always been generous and kind. Lots of good memories :)"

This tribute was added by laura atkins on 13th September 2013

"The Loss of my Sister Patty has broken my heart! I know she is no longer in pain and resting in the arms of Jesus! We all knew this day would come. But I still am not ready to say good by to my beautiful sister Patty.  But when the day comes when I am called home to Heaven I will see my sister again! Please keep our family in your prayers! Thanks to my sister Janice for setting this up."

This tribute was added by Janice Hurlburt on 13th September 2013

"Candle lit for Barbara Stallings from FB. "I have been blessed to have many friends in my life, but Patty was more a sister to me. We have had so many memories over the years. I love her so much and am heart broken she is no longer with us. I know I have a special angel watching over me now. She's now in the arms of Jesus.""

This tribute was added by Barbara Stallings Hogue on 13th September 2013

"Where do I start....Patty and I first met as teenagers. We double dated, got married a few months apart, Our children were born days apart. My son Mike is 4 months older that Jeff. My son Tim is only 10 days older than Jennifer. We shared everything as teenagers and newlyweds not to mention be new mothers together. I could write a book, but I'm seeing I only have a few character left.  RIP"

This tribute was added by Xenia Marshall on 12th September 2013

"Patty I will never  forget  how you and Gary opened your  home to me and my girls one Thanksgiving Day, when I was hurting and lonely. Gary's turkey is still the best I ever tasted till this day. thanks for all the fun times the Cabo trip memories and for being you. I hope your dancing in heaven!"

This tribute was added by Janice Hurlburt on 12th September 2013

"Candle lit by Meghan Holladay from FB.
Words cannot express the sadness I feel in my heart right now, Patty Mckee you will be missed. I have been so blessed to have you in my life, you taught me so much and you were such an amazing boss over the years that I worked at the Candy Cupboard. Idyllwild will not be the same without your sweet face. </3"

This tribute was added by lori yerman- davenport on 12th September 2013

"As a kid growing up down the street, I always thought of you as a " Movie Star" , because you were so beautiful on the outside ...but , we all know how beautiful you were on the inside . I looked up to you , even though you didn't know it .My " bestie" (your lil sis , Laura) and I were watching with little eyes ...your sweet spirit ...which will live on in us forever. Love , Lori Yerman"

This tribute was added by Janice Hurlburt on 12th September 2013

"Candle Lit by Kim Atkins shared from FB. I love you Aunt Patty Mckee, you fought so hard with your battle with cancer but always had a smile on your face every time I saw you, I look up up to you so much, may you rest in peace with the angels. I love you."

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