July 8, 1939 — July 5, 2013
Kathleen Patricia “Patti” Simmons passed on from this life July 5, 2013. She is survived by her younger brother, David Makis, and many other family and friends who will dearly miss her.
Patti was born in her parents’ home in Racine, Wisc., on July 8, 1939. She then spent much of her youth growing up in Placerville, Calif., where her family owned and operated the Spot Market. She graduated El Dorado High School in 1956 and went on to receive her Bachelor’s degree at California State University Sacramento in 1960.
Patti went on to impress thousands of minds of children in her 39-year career as a passionate and dedicated first grade teacher. She taught at Fruitvale (S.C. Joyce) and Ridge Point between 1960 and 1999. Outside of teaching she was very active. In her youth she loved softball, water skiing, golfing, camping and fishing. Later she endeavored on many RV trips, birding, reading, puzzles and the occasional 5 p.m. martini. She traveled extensively, both abroad and within the U.S.
We will always remember your sense of humor, friendship, fairness, understanding, independence, creativity and generosity. You had all the qualities that make up a life well lived.