Our sweet and beautiful Patricia passed away on Tuesday, February 28, 2023 with her family surrounding her with love. Our hearts are breaking.
Patricia was born on May 6, 1938 in Murray, Utah to Robert Henry Hill and Evelyn Balser. She was the youngest daughter of 10 children. She married Gerald Elroy Peterson June 26, 1957 in the Salt Lake temple and were blessed with 8 children: Keven Ger, Krys, Patti, Jenny, Cami, Char and Tim. On July 28, 1989 she married Arlen Thelbert Atkinson and quickly became his “Lil Darlin”. With Arlen came 3 more children to add to the family, Bryan, Tina and Kerry. Later on May 13, 1995 they were sealed together in the Jordan River Temple.
Patricia was a devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and her faith was big! She held numerous callings but her favorite were working with the youth, she loved her young women. She was nominated and received an award by the young women in her stake as a person they would want to be the most like. She always dressed to the nines and could even make sweats look classy. She had a big heart and just wanted to please everyone and was big on always giving a compliment. She was an amazing artist and could draw or paint just about anything and left you with that “wow” feeling. She loved to sing and was the President of the ladies Treble Cleff Chorus for many years and did a lot of special fund raisers, one of the biggest being for the Hansen twins. She loved to be on stage and was in many plays in her early life. She loved to dance and would often find a field when she was little and just go out and twirl and dance. She loved the outdoors and she and Arlen loved to get in their jeep and just drive. When she was raising her family she loved going to the farm, camping, riding horses and just enjoying the mountains. She loved the changing of the seasons because it put different colors in the mountains. She loved fields of flowers because of their beauty. She loved the clouds, she never tired of looking at them from a young age. She could find the beauty in just about everything in nature. She loved horses and from an early age would seek them out no matter who’s field they were in, so she could ride bareback on them, she was riding up into her 70’s. Patricia had so much talent and accomplished so much in her life that was important to who she was, that it will be hard to follow in her footsteps. One of her biggest accomplishment and her pride was her children she loved them with everything she had. She was so proud of her grandchildren and great grandchildren and never missed an opportunity to let them know how much she loved them and was so proud that they were hers. She did not understand just how much of an impact she had not only on her family but to those who were lucky enough to know her, past or present. We are all better for knowing her.
Patricia is survived by her loving and devoted husband Arlen T. Atkinson, her precious children Keven Peterson, Gerald (Diann) Peterson, Krystal (John) Hunter, Cami (Kevin) Snyder, Charles Peterson, Timothy (Jodee) Peterson, Samuel Grant, Bryan (Lezli) Atkinson, Tina Monson, Kerry Atkinson, 40 grandchildren, 41 great grandchildren: 2 great, great, grandchildren and her brother Steve (Cathy) Hill.
She is preceded in death by her parents Robert and Evelyn Hill, her two daughers Patricia Ann Peterson and Jennifer Lynn Grant, her great granddaughter Kalista Jade Zeman, her Sisters Marilyn Stahl, Jean Floyd, Norma Livsey and Barbara Simpson and her brothers Ted and John Hill.
There will be a funeral on Saturday March 4, 2023 at their ward building, 4634 Harmon Drive, West Valley City at 12:00 noon.
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Patricia’ s wonderful spirit of friendship, inclusion, and encouragement lifted everyone she was around. We’re so grateful for her kindness and making us (like everyone else) feel special. Love and sympathy to Arlen and family.
Arlen and family. My heart goes out to all of you in your loss. Pat was a very special neighbor and friend and I loved her dearly. Because of the circumstances I am in right now, I feel a great sadness that I am unable to attend the services. Please be assured my prayers for you ability to find peace are with you.
Most heartily sorry for your loss. We have lost a precious friend. but we know it is much more heart rending for you. We rejoice that we knew and loved her, and will ever be grateful that she was part of our lives, as are you. Fortunately we are blessed with the knowledge that we will see her again, and that she is forever yours. Our love and very best wishes to you and your family, and may peace and comfort come to your hearts from above. Much love.
To my sweet and loving wife I bid you Farwell until we are together once more for all of the eternities never to parted ever again. I give you all my love now and forever through all of the eternities the (forever couple ) love you little darlin. Say hello to --THE KEEPER OF THE STARS.
A very beautiful & classy lady. We all grew up on Carrie Drive. We were a true Ward Family. I enjoyed being her visiting teacher for many years, & tending Charlie for a period of time, while they worked. From the pictures it looks like she had an enjoyable re-marriage. Stan remembers going down the river with Gerald, standing up in the boat taking pictures as we went over the rapids!! With that expensive camera.! We missed you when you moved, & we will miss you now. Comfort & peace to your family & friends. Stan & JoAnn
Cami, Arlen and families,
I am so sorry for your loss of Patricia. She was such a beautiful and loving person and I will miss her so much. Her warm hugs brought so much kindness and a smile to my face. She brightened up every room and was so much fun to be around. My prayers and condolences to all of you in this time of need.