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Patsy Jane Hildreth
A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. on March 13 at the VFW Hall for Patsy Jane Hildreth, 75, of Modesto. She died peacefully on Feb. 20, 2010 surrounded by family after a brief fight with cancer.

Born Dec. 6, 1934 in Tulsa, Okla., to Atlas and Francis Mathews, Patsy moved to Modesto in 1945 and graduated from Ceres High School in 1951. From there she lived in Patterson and Vallejo before returning and living in Modesto. She worked at the Paradise cafe in Patterson and then moved on to the cannery CVC in Ceres. She then worked for Modesto City Schools at Modesto High School from 1966 to 1992 where she spent 26 years as a cook and then manager of the cafeteria. Her favorite job was the summers of 1974-81 cooking at Camp Jack Hazard for Stanislaus County YMCA. She retired in 1992. Patsy enjoyed her family time, including a Sunday breakfast at her house where she made everyone biscuits and gravy. She also enjoyed camping, digging for old bottles, gardening and collecting knots out of old fallen trees.

She leaves behind four children, Vickie Stane, Danny Smith, Matt Hildreth and Steve Hildreth; her brothers, Bob Mathews and Ken Mathews; two sisters, Wanda Cooke and Shirley Sharrar; and 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Nina Owens, brother T.A. Mathews, and husbands Gene Smith and Kenneth Hildreth.

Remembrances may be sent to Community Hospice.

-Ceres Courier /March 3, 2010