Patricia Ruth Wolfley

January 26, 1938 ~ December 22, 2021 (age 83)


Patricia Ruth Waring Wolfley, daughter of Robert "W" and Leila Ann Ellis Waring, was born on 26 January 1938  at Smoot, Wyoming.  Pat was welcomed  by three older siblings  Leila Maude, Gordon, and Betty. 

When Pat was 6 years old her Mother became the Smoot Postmaster.  The post office was in their home and Pat recalls having the public in their home daily and the service that her mother provided to the residents of Smoot and anyone that needed help.

Pat attended grade school at the elementary school building In Smoot where the Smoot Community Park is located.  All four years of high school and seminary were attended in Afton at Star Valley High School.

A week after high school graduation, Pat was enrolled at LDS Business College in Salt Lake City.  She attended business school for a year, studying a general course of business and graduated in Junior Accounting.   In school she enjoyed working with teachers on various projects.  She was part of play productions and was a member of a national thespian society in her senior year.  In business college she was chapter president of the girls' chapter of the Lambda Delta Sigma Fraternity, Rho Omega. 

Pat worked part time for an accounting firm during income tax season while still attending business school.  After graduation in June of 1957, Pat obtained a job as a secretary for a printing firm where she worked for a year.  In 1958, she moved back to Star Valley and worked at several varied jobs.  For a year and a half, Pat was clerk typist for the Bridger National Forest with headquarters in Afton, Wyoming.  Pat kept the Afton, Bedford, and Cokeville, Wyoming offices coordinated.  She also would occasionally work in the Supervisor's office in Kemmerer.

 Pat met Narvel Ray Wolfley November 1959, they were married on March 10, 1960.  Pat held many church callings in the Osmond Ward while they lived there.  She loved the children and served in the Primary for many years.  She never missed an opportunity to serve her Father in Heaven. 

Three children were born to Pat and Narvel.  A Daughter, Debra Rae, was born 3 June 1961, son, Dennis "W", born on 7 December 1962, and Daniel Ray born 1 January 1968. (New Years Baby of 1968)

Patricia was always so proud of her son Dennis for serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the San Diego California Mission. 

October 1, 1985 Pat was Married to Ernest Samuel Wolfley and the shared a year of laughter, camping trips and enjoying  each others company until Ernest passed away in September 1986.

In 1997 Pat moved to Afton  her son Dennis and his family were able to move into her home  in Smoot to be closer to family.  She loved having her family close to her.  She spent many hours entertaining her grandchildren.  She made it a point to attend any event or activity for all of them.  She was so proud of and loved bragging about her children and Grandchildren.

In February of 2003 Patricia retired from Maverik Country Stores home office where she had been the accounts payable clerk for 25 years.  Pat would get to know every person she came in contact with and they knew she truly loved and cared about them.  She filled her retirement running errands for friends and family and providing service in any way she could.  She loved having the free time to enjoy the grandchildren and made sure any of them that showed up to her home would have all the grapes, cheese sticks, hot dogs and cottege cheese with applesauce they could eat.   Pat loved the lunch hours that the grandkids spent with her when they and their friends came for lunch at “Grannies”.

In 2013 Pat started telling us that she knew she was getting Alzheimers and she just couldn’t remember things.  With the help of family members and loving neighbors Pat was able to stay in her home until September of 2015.  She made the decision to join some friends at Legacy Homes in Thayne, WY where she was a part of the family she loved there.  Pat was loved by all and was blessed to have a healthy body even though her mind was not so good in the end.   Pat passed away peacefully at Legacy Homes on December 22, 2021.  She was able to spend Christmas with her eternal companion, son Dennis, Great Granddaughter Oliva Sainz, and all her siblings, parents and in-laws.  What a joyous reunion.  She is survived by her daughter Debbie (Ernie) Sainz, son Dan (Patti) Wolfley, 7 Grand children, 24 Great Grandchildren and 1 Great Great  Grandchild.

Pats service will be held Saturday January 15, 2022 at 11:00 AM in the Smoot ward chapel.  There will be a Visitation from 10:00 am to 10:45 before the service.

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January 15, 2022

10:00 AM to 10:45 AM
Smoot LDS Chapel
3166 WY-241
Afton, WY 83110

Funeral Service
January 15, 2022

11:00 AM
Smoot LDS Chapel
3166 WY-241
Afton, WY 83110

Interment following funeral service
January 15, 2022

Smoot Cemetery
County Road 152
Smoot, WY 83126

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