Patricia S. Knotts Thursday, August 22, 1935 - Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Patricia S. Knotts
Patricia (Pat) Knotts, 81, passed away Tuesday, June 6, 2017, at her home in Nipomo, CA after a battle with pancreatic cancer. She was born in 1935 in Clay Center, Kansas to John and Ar-lone Anderson and the family eventually made their way to Oceano, California in the mid-1940s.
Pat attended Oceano Elementary School and Arroyo Grande High School, where she was an ac-tive member of the Girls Athletic Association. As a teenager she competed in roller-skating at the Pismo Skating Rink where she mastered the trick of striking a match on the floor as it was held in her mouth while her skate partner swung her around.
Pat’s family moved to Southern California during her senior year in high school. Her sense of independence and determination was evident even then, as she navigated public transportation to make good on a promise to her parents that she would not come home that day until she got a job. She was hired by an insurance company that same day.
She married her high school sweetheart, Richard "Dick" Knotts in 1955, whom she met when in her freshman year at Arroyo Grande High School, and they celebrated 56 years of marriage to-gether. Pat was the home support raising children while Dick attended college and eventually began his career at Vandenberg AFB. In 1973, Dick and Pat opened Little Jocko's restaurant in Nipomo, where Pat worked every day, and once Dick retired from engineering work they both ran Little Jocko's full time. After Pat retired, she enjoyed a daily visit to Little Jocko's to share a cup of coffee and check in, a routine she continued until a short time before her death.
In 1971 Dick and Pat bought five acres on the Nipomo mesa, designed and built their family home with the help of her daddy, John Anderson. They also planted a Monterey Pine Christmas tree farm on that property which they operated with their children until 1988.
In 1975 Pat bought a 1931 Model A Ford Town Sedan that was literally in 1800 pieces. In the following years she and Dick found great pleasure in restoring it to original, mint condition and driving it around the area.
In the early 1980s Dick and Pat designed and built a cabin in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of Tulare County. They spent weeks at a time there and made many lasting friendships. They both enjoyed fishing, barbecuing, and driving the back roads in that mountain community.
Pat and Dick were actively involved in their lives of their six children, and were supportive of each child’s endeavors. Their house was a busy one and there was always room for friends to gather around the dinner table. Pat was always a good sport when her kids asked if somebody could come over for dinner and she routinely made plenty of dinners to accommodate last mi-nute requests. As the family grew, parties at the Knotts' home for holidays and birthdays be-came special “can’t miss” celebrations that featured the finest BBQ dinners, as well as memo-rable pinochle, poker, and gin rummy card games.
Pat provided a wealth of knowledge for family members interested in genealogy. She conduct-ed extensive research on the ancestry of both sides of the family, and became the humble care-taker of family history. She generously shared her collection of photographs and stories, and was willing to support family inquires.
At the age of 78 Pat began quilting and crafted beautiful quilts for her family and friends to cherish. When she turned 80 she adopted her special canine companion, Daisy, and bought a brand new car at age 81. She wasn't ready to go yet - she still had things she wanted to do. Her illness hit in late 2016 and the last few months were very difficult for her. Her family is appre-ciative of her respectful doctors and medical personnel, her devoted caregivers and many fami-ly and friends who made a difference in the end of her life.
Pat is survived by her children Jerry (Sharon) Knotts, Santa Maria, Kathleen Knotts, Nipomo, Molly (Ernie) Santa Cruz, Arroyo Grande, Danny (Eileen) Knotts, Santa Maria, and Teresa (Mark) Pustejovsky, Susanville, CA, and grandchildren Reese (Brittany) Knotts, Visalia, Emery Knotts, Santa Maria, Leanne Santa Cruz, Shell Beach, Emily Santa Cruz, Arroyo Grande, Louis (Stephanie) Pustejovsky, Boise, Idaho, Andy Pustejovsky, Reno, Nevada, and one great grand-son Declan Knotts of Visalia. Pat is also survived by a sister Diane (Chris) Knoll of Lodi, CA.
Pat was preceded in death by her parents, her brother John, her sister Marcheta, her husband Dick, and her son Tom.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to your favorite charity or to Pat's pre-ferred charities:
· CFC International, www.cfcsyndrome.org, or 502 Delaware Ave., Delmar, NY 12054. CFC, CardioFacioCutaneous syndrome is a genetic syndrome that her granddaughter, Emily, lives with.
· Mission Hope Cancer Center by contacting the Marian Regional Medical Center Foun-dation at 805-739-3595 or by mail to Marian Regional Medical Center Foundation, 1400 E. Church St., Santa Maria, CA 93454. Please designate Marian Cancer Center/Mission Hope Cancer Center in your mailing. Pat received radiation treatment at Mission Hope Cancer Center and appreciated their kindness to her.
A graveside service will be held at Santa Maria Cemetery at 11 am on Wednesday, June 14, 2017, followed by a reception at the family home.