Patricia Mary Vestal
October 20, 1931 – October 1, 2017
Born in Aspen, Colorado on October 20, 1931, Patricia Mary Smith Vestal passed away peacefully in her Hanford, California home on October 1, 2017, with a family member at her side. Pat was preceded in death by her parents, L. Paul Smith and Hilda Smith Krehbiel, son Wm. Perry Briney, husband Stanley L. Vestal, step-daughter Diane Vestal Alcala, step-father Walt Krehbiel, step-sister Mary Halvorson, and step-brother Joe Krehbiel.
Pat is survived by her children Patricia Briney and Rob (Kris) Briney, a step-daughter Sandra (Ron) Mattos, her brother Paul R. Smith and step-brother Tim (Laurie) Krehbiel, as well as former husband, Bob (Leslie) Briney. Pat leaves behind her beloved grandsons, Patrick (Heather), Micah (Brittany), and Stefan (Kristen) Briney, as well as four adorable great-grandchildren. Pat is fondly remembered by her nieces and nephews and numerous cousins.
Raised in the Rockies, Pat relished her childhood memories of hunting and fishing with her father at Maroon Lake, traveling to visit Grandpa and Grandma Smith's farm in Missouri, and riding horses with cousins and neighbors. Later, Pat's family moved to California and eventually settled in Woodlake, where Pat developed lifelong friendships with her Class of 1949 Woodlake High School pals.
After graduation, Pat attended College of the Sequoia in Visalia. Because of her natural gifts of athletics and music, Pat entertained COS football fans as a cheerleader and played piano for theatre productions. She also joined a folk dancing club through which she met her first husband, Bob Briney.
Pat is remembered for her energetic devotion to raising three children in the home she and Bob built in Armona. While living there, Pat poured her energies into the Armona Women's Club, PTA, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Armona Lady Lions, and the Kings District Fair Board. Pat also enjoyed Cana Club at the Episcopal Church of the Saviour.
In the late ‘70s, Pat launched 35 year career at the Hanford Sentinel, where she made an indelible impression with her keen proofreading and precise layout skills. Pat also became one of the longest-serving board members of the Kings Rehab Center in Hanford. With sensitivity to the needs of differently abled adults, Pat promoted the expansion of the Rehab Center and its programs. Some of Pat's closest friendships emerged from her years at the Sentinel and her association with the Kings Rehab Center.
After establishing a home in Hanford with her second husband, Stan Vestal, Pat served on the Kings County Grand Jury and joined Friends of the Library. Pat and Stan traveled frequently with family and friends to national and international destinations, including a fondly reminisced trip to her mother, Hilda's, childhood home in England.
The family welcomes Pat's friends and family to join a memorial in her honor at the Episcopal Church of the Saviour; 519 N. Douty St., Hanford, CA on Saturday, November 11th at 2:00 pm. Burial will be held privately at a later date.
Anyone wishing to make remembrances in Pat Vestal's name is invited to consider donating to the Kings Rehab Center; 490 E. Hanford-Armona Rd., Hanford, CA 93230 (559) 582-9234 kingsrehab.com, Friends of the Kings County Library; 401 N. Douty St., Hanford, CA 93230 (559) 582-0261 kingscountylibrary.org, or a charity of one's choosing.
Family and Friends are invited to view Pat's legacy at www.peoplesfuneralchapel.com and send condolences to the family.
Services by People's Funeral Chapel (559) 584-5591.