Oct 9, 1928 - May 28, 2014
Grace Patricia “Pat” Denton passed away Friday, May 28, 2014 from complications of a long, debilitating illness. She was surrounded by her husband of 64 years, Ed Denton, and her three daughters, Kathy Abizaid, Maureen Pollock, and Aileen Denton. Pat was born Oct. 9, 1928 in San Francisco, CA. She lived the majority of her life in Bridgeport, CA, but at the time of her death, was living with Ed in Minden, NV. Pat’s family was one of the pioneers in the Eastern Sierras. Her mother, Grace Berryessa Crocker, owned the Bridgeport Hotel and her father, Al Crocker, was the game warden for Mono County. Pat loved the mountains where she grew up. She learned to fish and camp, two of her favorite pastimes, from her dad. Her great aunt, Emma Stewart, and great uncle, Judge Pat R. Parker, owned a summer home at Twin Lakes (about 13 miles west of Bridgeport), where she spent most of her summers, growing up swimming, fishing, riding her horse, Buck, and learning to cook. Pat met her husband, Ed, when his family moved to Bridgeport from Trona, CA. Edís father, Dr. William Denton, was the county Doctor; his mother, Vivian was a homemaker. Eddie fell in love with Pat from the moment they met. He knew, right then, that she was the girl for him. It was, truly, love at first sight. They were married at Our Savior of the Mountains Catholic Church in Lee Vining, CA, August 12, 1950. Pat went to Dominican Catholic School from 8th grade through high school and two years of college. She went through nurses’ training in St. Joseph’s Hospital in San Francisco. She and Ed lived in San Francisco while he finished Law School and she finished nurses training, then they moved back to Bridgeport. Pat was a surgical nurse assisting in all types of surgeries, as well as the head nurse for the hospital in Bridgeport when it was the only hospital in Mono County. She also worked in the county medical clinic, as well as doctorsí offices in June Lake and Mammoth, and was well known through out the county. Pat is survived by her husband, Ed, and their three daughters: Kathy and her husband John, Maureen and her husband Scott, and Aileen. She had 5 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. There will be mass at the Bridgeport Catholic Church at noon on June 20th and then a graveside service where she will be laid to rest at the Bridgeport cemetery. Between 9:00 am and 11:00 am there will be a pre-service get together at the Bridgeport home of her grandchildren, at 96 Emigrant Street. Pat had many gifts she shared with us all. She was beautiful, a wonderful wife and mother, a singer and artist. She loved her mountains, but her commitment to husband and family was the most important gift of all. She will be deeply missed.