Patricia Shoemaker Batchelor was born in Laramie, Wyo., Aug. 6, 1942, to Norman B. Shoemaker and Martha (Casey) Shoemaker. She died Feb. 21, 2016. She was 73.
Mrs. Batchelor spent her childhood in Montrose and Crawford. She was an outstanding horsewoman, working with both cattle horses and thoroughbred race horses. She attended Westlake Girls School in Los Angeles, then Blair Business College in Colorado Springs.
She then moved to Alaska, where she married Harold Batchelor in Anchor Point on Feb. 12, 1965. They ran the Silver King Lodge from the late 1960s to early 1970s.
In 1974, Mrs. Batchelor and her three daughters came to Colorado for the school year to help care for her mother, Martha Shoemaker. They returned to Fairbanks where the family ran a placer gold mine during the summers of 1980-1985.
During her years in Alaska, Mrs. Batchelor worked as a secretary of the Young Republicans, at the Fairbanks borough clerk's office, for the City of Whittier, and in the engineering department at the University of Alaska, from which she retired.
After living in Alaska for 38 years, she moved to the "Lower 48" to Vandergrift, Pa., in 2000. She enjoyed delivering Meals on Wheels and her Jackson & Perkins roses. In 2010, she moved to Lafayette, where she resided until her death.
She enjoyed art, especially native Alaskan, reading, classical music, gardening and sports, especially ice hockey and football.
Mrs. Batchelor is survived by her daughters, Martha Altman (Bill Stear-
ns), Amy Batchelor (Brad Feld) and Wendy Smith (Stacy Maxwell); three grandchildren, Jason Altman, Morgan Smith and Drew Smith; one great-granddaughter; a sister, Lindy Pagone; a brother, Michael Shoemaker; and extended family.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Sally Shoemaker Rollins.
The seventh annual Eckert Crane Days, the annual viewing of the sandhill cranes migrating north from New Mexico through Colorado's West Slope, will be March 16-18. Representatives from the Black Canyon Chapter of the Audubon Society (BCAS) will be at the viewing site east of Eckert at Fruitgrowers Reservoir, 9 to 11 a.m. each day, to answer questions and provide binoculars and spotting scopes.