On October 3rd, Puerto Peñasco lost one of its most beloved and recognized individuals, Patsy Hesler Clark. Patsy could often be found walking the beach with her dear friend Doris and dog, Lucy (Lucita), playing bingo, or attending fundraisers for local charities. She enjoyed her time in Peñasco and was seldom seen without a smile on her face.
Patsy graduated from Lewiston High School in 1967. She moved to Anchorage Alaska at the age of 20 after some good friends had moved and encouraged her to come, as there were so few women. She drove the Alcan Highway to Anchorage where her adventures began. Patsy worked for the Anchorage Police Department and retired in 2005.
Patsy was adopted at birth by her loving parents, Norman and Ada Hesler. In 1988, she located her birth mother, Mary E. Stubbs, along with four older brothers and a younger sister. Patsy was the spitting image of her mother and was welcomed into her new family.
Patsy returned to Lewiston, Idaho in 2009 and bought a small house with a big lot. She created a humongous garden with one of every kind of flower and lots of vegetables. She would can for the winter from the bounty of her garden. Salsa, Beets, Pickles! So many loved Patsy’s delicious pickles and beets. We all enjoyed when she would share her arrangements of flowers from her garden on her Facebook page.
Patsy loved to winter in Mexico and in 2011 was so excited to become, in her words “trailer trash”, by purchasing her little Casa in an RV park in Puerto Peñasco, Sonora Mexico aka Rocky Point. Her hobbies included gardening, quilting, beach combing and sunning on the beach. She made wind chimes and garden art and was as good with a glue gun as she was with a chain saw!
No one was a stranger to Patsy; she made friends and was generous with everyone. She impacted countless lives. Her quick wit, big heart and fun-loving personality touched so many. She was truly one of a kind!
Patsy is survived by her bother, Cecil Stubbs, of Oklahoma, sister Cathy Dark, of Spokane Washington; and sister-in-law Betty Stubbs, of Spokane Valley, Washington; many cousins, nieces and nephews from Alaska to Tanzania, Africa and of course, her sweet, devoted dog from Mexico, Lucita.
Patsy was preceded in death by her brothers, Reg Stubbs, Mike Stubbs and Dr. Noel Stubbs.
Patsy’s celebration of life will be Saturday, November 28th starting at 11am, at the beach in front of The Pitaya Bar and Playa de Oro RV Park. There will also be a sunset cruise aboard Del Mar Charters at 3pm where we will say our final goodbye to our beloved family member and friend.
Patsy loved bright fluorescent color, so don’t hold back, wear your brightest color clothing.