Eldridge, Patricia Ann, a 10 year resident of Redondo Beach, passed away on Thursday, December 10, 2009. Although born in New Jersey, she grew up in Wickenburg, Arizona. She graduated from Arizona State University and got her Masters of Education from The University of Arizona. She taught English as a Second Language in the Madison School District in Phoenix for over 20 years. After she retired, she moved to Redondo Beach which was close to her younger daughter and because she loved the ocean. In California she enjoyed volunteering where ever she was needed. She ushered at the Armstrong Theatre, Hermosa Beach Playhouse, South Bay Civic Light Opera and the Beach Center for Performing Arts. She also worked the Manhattan and Hermosa Beach Street Fairs. Patricia was a member of The Elks Lodge #1378 in Redondo Beach, California. Patricia loved traveling (Italy, Germany, England, Costa Rica and France), meeting new people (and she found something good in everyone), cards and all types of games, and going to the .99 cent store! She is survived by her daughters, Dee Dee Ciprari (Joe) of Manhattan Beach, CA, Daughter, Lara Ketterman (David), of Chandler, AZ., and love of her life and partner in crime, Phillip Purpura of Torrance. She had 4 grandchildren, Marie (11) and Molly (7) Ciprari and Erin (16) and Drew (12) Ketterman. She was preceded in death by her brother Gill, and parents, Daniel and Marie Snyder. A celebration of Patricia's life will be held at The Elks Lodge #1378 in Redondo Beach on Esplanade, Wednesday, December 16th at 5:00pm.

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  1. Lara and Dee Dee, I was so sorry to read of your Mom’s passing. You may not remember me, but my Mother (Emily) and I babysat you when you lived here in Wickenburg. She was a wonerful parent to you both, and a great person!

  2. Pat and I were freshmen at UofA in 1950(also Joby Lamont). Thru the years, we saw each other at All Saints. Pat and I transferred to ASU our Jr. year,unbeknownst to each other, until we found ourselves in the same dorm again! After Pat, Joby and I had our kids, we got together a few times at parks so you kids could play. I hadn’t seen Pat for many years, but had fun together when we were young. You had a terrific mother and g-mother. She will be missed. I send my love, Mary.

  3. Dee Dee and Lara – I was so sorry to see the notice of your Mom’s passing in our paper today. Not only was she a great friend, but our families shared many happy times together, especially at Rocky Point. Chris confessed, when I wrote to him, of having had a crush on Dee Dee. In my mind’s eye I can see you running on the beach, bargaining with vendors, and smuggling fireworks (unbeknownst to your parents) back across the border! Do you also remember that Gil brought our cat Heidi to Wickenburg when Chris’s allergies prevented us from keeping her? I’m back in my old neighborhood and am in the phone book (and on Facebook) if either of you want to be in touch. I’m sending you warm hugs and my love.

  4. Patty was a wonderful, caring person. I knew her well as a fellow Wickenburg High School classmate and as her high school boyfriend. I have a great picture of the two of us dancing at a Christmas function when we were about 15 years old. You are welcome to a copy. Send me your email address, if you like. I will scan the picture and send it. Ernie Garfield

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