Patricia Eleanor McGowan (born August 4, 1927) was a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend to many. She will be remembered for her ability to include everyone. All that were close to Pat thought they were her favorite. She showed kindness by writing letters, making phone calls, remembering birthdays, and sending texts. Up until a week before Pat passed, good health and a keen memory allowed her to be at family parties, blessings, baptisms, birthdays, and school events. Pat always focused on others. She wanted to know about what YOU were doing vs. talking about herself. When she wasn’t surrounded by family and friends, she often was found reading a book or watching her favorite shows with a bag of hard candy or popcorn. \n\n Early Life: Pat McGowan was born in Oakland, California to Frances Margaret Guerin (1899-1980) and Ivan William Hinch (1899-1946). She had one older sister, Elizabeth (Bette) Ann (1923-1978). Pat lived in many parts of California throughout her young life. \n\nShe graduated from Hayward High School in January 1945 during the turmoil of WWII. At that time, her sister Bette lived in Portland, OR working for the US Recruiting Dept. Bette sent her a plane ticket to Portland as a surprise graduation gift. Bette’s boyfriend, Edward Charles McGowan (1919-1990) was a US Navy pilot. Ed was stationed overseas. Due to the war, Ed’s location was a secret and Bette rarely receive letters from him. Pat decided to stay and live with Bette at this time. However, after only three months, Pat returned to California to rekindle her high school romance with Ken. \n\nMarriages & Children: Pat met Kenneth Torp (1927-1986) when she was 15 years old and attending Hayward High School. Ken moved to Utah with his mother, Velma Mauss Torp (1900-1999), prior to his senior year. Pat and Ken wrote letters to each other during their senior year. Pat returned to Hayward, CA from Portland in the spring of 1945. Ken was serving in the Navy and stationed in Livermore, CA. Every weekend he would take the bus 21 miles from the military base to Hayward to see Pat. The romance quickly progressed. On a weekend, when Ken was off duty, he and Pat drove with friends to Sparks, NV and were married on July 14, 1945. Ken returned to the military base, and Pat returned to live with her mom. Pat did not tell her mom she was married. When WWII ended a few months later, the two of them moved to Murray, UT (Sept 1945). Pat and Ken raised three children in Utah. Kristine (1950), Mitchell (1951), and Elizabeth Ann (1958). Ken and Pat were divorced in 1974. \n\nPat was married on July 27, 1979, to her widowed brother-in-law, Edward Charles McGowan. They lived in Tucson, AZ and at Waterbury in SLC, UT. They enjoyed 11 happy years together. \n\nEmployment & Service: Pat was always a hard worker. At just four years old, she would pick fruit with her mother in the fields. Later, elementary schools would be closed and all the kids from her class would be bused for several weeks to the strawberry fields and apricot orchards to pick ripe fruit. \n\nAs a teen (circa. 1940), Pat spent her summers working at Hunt-Wesson Food Cannery in Hayward, CA. She also worked for Del-Monte Foods, a cannery at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco. There she would pit, cut, and sort fruit on an assembly line for sometimes up to 10 hours. Pat also worked at Sunshine Biscuit Company, putting crackers and cookies in packages. Pat worked at these factory jobs for short periods of time as it was during World War II. \n\n During Pat’s senior year of High School, she was elected Secretary of the Senior Class. Pat had the nickname “Cover Girl”, as she was the only Senior Class Officer that was a woman. Pat also was a member of the girls’ choir. \n\nWhile Pat lived in Portland, OR she worked at Meier & Frank as a sportswear department salesclerk. Pat paid Bette a portion of her check each month towards their rent. \n\nPat returned to Hayward, CA in the spring of 1945 and applied with three of her friends to work at the Bank of America in San Francisco. They were all hired! They would each wake up at 5 am, get ready, and catch the bus from Hayward to San Francisco. Pat was a typist and would have lunch with her friends every day. They worked long hours, sometimes until midnight. Pat paid half of each paycheck to her mom for room and board. They shared a small 1-bedroom apartment. Pat worked at the Bank of America until she and Ken moved to Utah. \n\nTwo days after arriving in Utah, Pat got a job. She was hired as a bookkeeper for the Hogle Brokerage Firm. Pat worked there for nearly five years. She left the job just a few weeks prior to having her first baby. \n\nPat joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on January 8, 2000. After her baptism she was called on a one-year service mission to the Bishop's Storehouse in Sandy, UT. She served for over 20 years. She stopped serving in March 2020 when the Covid-19 pandemic hit the nation. Older missionaries were not allowed to serve at this time. \n\nDeath: In 2017, Pat moved in with her daughter and son-in-law, Kristine and Mont Millerberg in Sandy, UT. Pat was constantly surrounded by her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She was constantly on the move. She always found ways to serve and show kindness to those around her. Pat, just short of 95, quietly passed away in Kris and Mont’s home on Saturday, May 28, 2022. Special thanks to Canyon Home Care and Hospice, and nurses Makell and Cari. Grandma we will miss you! \n\nSurvived by her son Mitchell Torp (Elizabeth) two daughters Kristine Millerberg (Mont), Elizabeth Ann Walker(Scott), two step sons, Cork McGowan (Cathy) and Dennis McGowan (Alba). Pat is also survived by 17 grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild. \n\nPat was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Charles McGowan, her sister Bette McGowan, stepson, Rick McGowan (Nancy) and one grandson, Cameron Davis. \n\nPat’s graveside memorial service will be held Thursday, June 9, 2022 at 11:00 am at Fort Douglas located at 405 Chipeta Way, Salt Lake City, Utah.