Obituary of Patricia Laughlin
Trish was born on August 30, 1930 to Epha Monzell and Galin Jordan. She passed away in her home at Briercroft in Steilacoom on October 3, 2017.
She is survived by Donn, her husband of 64 years, and their daughter, Jennifer. She was preceded in death by their daughter, Kendall.
Trish was a descendant of an Oregon Trail pioneer family. Her father, grandfather, and her great-grandfather were teachers in the public schools in the Willamette Valley. Trish attended Pepperdine College and the University of California where she earned a degree in journalism.
She was an editorial writer for the research doctors at Western State Hospital. She helped spearhead a movement to preserve and establish Steilacoom as an historic town. She, together with Lynn Scholes, Steilacoom’s museum director, wrote the nomination for the town and several of its homes to be placed on the National Historic Register. Thus, Steilacoom was the first town in the state to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
She served on the state Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, Steilacoom’s Preservation and Review Board, and served as chairperson on the town’s Planning Commission.
Her passion was gardening, evident in the gardens around her home at Briercroft where her remains will be inhumed at a private gathering.
Memorials may be made in her name to the Steilacoom Historical Museum, Box 88016, Steilacoom, WA 98388.