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Patricia Waddell Light of Park Rapids, died Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013 at home from cancer and was under the care of St. Joseph's Area Hospice.

She was born March 30, 1930 in Spokane, Wash. and was a graduate of Whitworth University in Spokane, and received a Master's Degree from San Francisco Theological Seminary in San Anselmo, Calif.

In 1953, she married Robert Light in Spokane; they had two daughters, Robin and Pamela. They lived in San Anselmo, western Minnesota, La Crosse, Wis., Omaha, Neb., St. Louis Park, Las Vegas, Nev., and Edina.

In 1990, they built their house on the northshore of Potato Lake, north of Park Rapids, on property they had owned since 1960.

The family includes their daughters, Robin (Stuart) Thomas of St. Louis Park, and Pamela (Justin England) Light of Rapid City, S.D.; grandchildren, Megan and Kyle Thomas, Ryan (Olivia) and Samantha Light Bone and great-grandchildren, Landon and Brooklyn Bone.

In her professional career she was coordinator of educational programs in Presbyterian churches in Omaha, St. Louis Park, Minneapolis and Las Vegas; and in Methodist churches in Fridley and Park Rapids.

During the last three years she lived in Las Vegas, she was editor of a monthly newspaper for senior citizens of southern Nevada.

While living in Edina she was employed by the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches.

The last five years they lived in Las Vegas, Bob and Pat were a clergy team couple for Presbyterian Marriage Encounter of Southern California. They presented many weekends in Los Angeles and San Diego.

Pat was a past president of Nordskogen Lodge of Sons of Norway, St. Joseph's Area Health Services Auxiliary, Health Care Auxiliary of Minnesota, and Northern Light Opera Company. She was also on the boards of Heartland Concert Association and Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council; and sang in Park Rapids Classic Chorale.

She was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis, and an associate member of Hubbard United Methodist Church in Hubbard.

Memorial service: 2 p.m. at Hubbard United Methodist Church, Hubbard, Saturday, Sept. 7. Pastor Laurie Kantonen will be the officiant.

Instead of flowers memorials may be given to Hubbard United Methodist Church or St. Joseph's Area Hospice.

Friends may leave online condolences at

Arrangements are being handled by the Cease Family Funeral Home of Park Rapids.