Patricia Jane McQueen

Pat at her prime

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  • Age: 60 years
  • Date of Birth: August 10, 1955
  • Date of Passing: January 18, 2016
  • Location of Passing: Huntington Beach, California
  • Listed: January 29, 2016 2:11 pm

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  • Ceremony Address: White Light charter vessel, 3400 Via Oporto
  • City: Newport Beach
  • Region/State: California
  • Country: United States
  • Zip/Postal Code: 92663
  • Ceremony Date: January 30, 2016
  • Ceremony Time: 2:00pm


Patricia McQueen, the youngest child of Raymond and Mary McQueen, passed away on January 18, 2016. She was 60 years old and put up a heroic struggle against the aggressive cancer detected in the last two months of her life. Her last week was spent in her home trying to rest after a lifetime of fighting for others. Her parents, husband, daughter, son, siblings, and everyone else who was lucky enough to know her will deeply miss her.

Patricia McQueen was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on August 10, 1955. Although the youngest and smallest of four children, she was always outgoing and willing to do what everyone else did. She and her siblings, therefore, had a mischievous childhood, punctuated with long bike adventures, climbing on roofs, a variety of pets, and marathon card games.

As she grew older, Pat’s warmth and sense of fun served her well. In high school she was voted “most friendly,” and she had many deep, long-standing friendships with the people she studied with or worked with.

After getting her PhD in psychology, Pat pursued several career paths and finally settled into a social work position that she was extremely passionate about. She looked after the welfare of children, removing them from their homes if necessary, while also working on their parents behalves through a program called PIPS–Parents in Partnership. This program helped parents whose children had been taken by social services by providing them with educational services on what to expect from the legal system and government programs, support groups, mentors, drug rehabilitation choices, parenting classes, and assistance with re-entry into the world of work after serving prison time. The ultimate goal was to reunite parents and their children if the parents could prove they could provide a loving and safe environment for the children. If that failed, the children were placed in adoptions or foster homes and tracked until adulthood to make sure their needs were being met.

This career choice would not appeal to many people and often put Pat in danger. She would have to go into tough drug neighborhoods for home inspections, and often she had to do the unwelcome task of removing kids from their homes. Yet Pat was undaunted. Although a diminutive 5’2”, Pat would boldly walk up to the largest, meanest looking person in the area and ask for directions. More often than not, the person Pat asked for help from would then become very protective of her, help her get where she needed to go, and watch over her car.

This fierce drive begins to describe Pat, but she was also extremely caring and fun loving. She had two very happy marriages and two very successful children who mirror her in drive and sarcastic wit. Anyone who spent any time with Pat was likely to laugh a lot and learn new things.

Despite the demands of her career and home, Pat was also always willing to help any family member in need. For example, she cheerfully volunteered to spend endless hours helping her sister Barbara sift through extremely cluttered houses and prepare them for sale after their grandmother and then Barbara’s mother-in-law died, and Pat stepped in and did the lion’s share of the work to help her sister Cathy re-locate and learn to live with disabilities.

Although Pat had always intended to travel to many countries, her early death limited that. She did, however, manage two trips–a trip to China with her sister, Barbara, and a trip to Italy with her daughter, Morgan.

Pat was finally reaching the age where she could look forward to more foreign travel, golfing many times a week, and relaxing with a husband and kids she dearly loved. Until the last two months of her life, she was extremely healthy due to frequent exercise and healthy eating, and she had wisely invested and frugally lived to ensure comfortable later years. It was, therefore, a great shock to her and everyone else to have her so quickly succumb to cancer. She will , however, live much, much longer in everyone’s thoughts and hearts.

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    May the blessings of all Patricia’s generosity spread goodness to all beings. May her entry into the clear light of love be easy.

    January 29, 2016 2:36 pm

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    This remembrance is a long time coming, but I still think of Pat and I hope her family receives this. Pat was my very first supervisor at DCFS when I was a continuing social worker. She was the best supervisor and mentor I’ve ever had. She was funny, bright, knowledgeable and the first to jump into the trenches with us social worker’s when we needed help or encouragement. When I left DCFS and L.A. County in 2004, Pat and I kept in touch through email. I continued on in Child Welfare until 2015 and have continued my career in Adult Protective Services. Pat once gave me a home made CD with music and a note that said, “…as a supervisor and former foster child, I tell you unequivocally, you have the power to change lives. Use that power wisely.” I honor Pat’s words and she surely changed my life.

    April 20, 2018 8:55 am

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