Patricia Elizabeth Reid Parham passed away February 7, 2009 at the age of 85 in Salt Lake City, Utah after a brief illness.\n\nPatricia was born the cherished daughter of Christopher Patrick Reid and Sylvia Swenson Reid on October 25, 1923 in Long Beach California. In her childhood the family moved from California to Utah. Patricia graduated from South High School and continued a quest for lifelong learning particularly in archeology. She sacrificed to see that all of her children receive college educations. During WWII she met and married her sweetheart John Paul Parham. After the war they raised their family together in the Millcreek area of Salt Lake. \n\nPatricia was active in her children’s parent teachers association, in the Cub and Boy Scouts of America. She was a life long member of the Christ United Methodist church and participated in the women’s organization there up until the time of her death. She cared for others in a remarkable way including a lifetime of service to a variety of charities. \n\nShe was a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother also known for her ability to demonstrate her “Swedish” temper and stubbornness. She loved the mountains and continued hiking in the Rockies and the Red Rocks into her eighties. In recent years she delighted in traveling, camping and time with her children and grand children.\n\nShe is preceded in death by her parents, her husband John Paul Parham, son Randall Reid Parham, and Brother Jack Reid Parham. She is survived by her son Patrick Warren Parham, daughter Peggy Parham Mostashari (Fred), son Ryan Paul Parham (Celia), Brother Paul Reid and grandchildren: Patrick, Bridger, Gabriel, and Chamberlyn.\n\nMother was surrounded by wonderful friends and neighbors who watched over her in the neighborhood where she lived for more than 60 years. Thanks to all of you for your special kindness and watchful care over our mother. \n\nMother we love you, we have always loved you and will love you forever. Thank you for your example of fierce loyalty to family, for your example of never giving up in the face of all of life trials. We are all better because of you and look forward to being with you again.\n\nFuneral Services will be held on Wednesday, February 11, 2008 at 12 noon at Jenkins-Soffe Mortuary, 4760 South State, Murray, Utah, with a viewing for family and friends from 10:30-11:45 a.m. Interment Murray City Cemetery.