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Patricia Ann Loken

September 16, 1929 September 29, 2018
Patricia Ann Loken
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Patricia (Tris) Ann Griffin (9/16/29 to 9/29/18)

Tris was a 1947 Stewartville, Mn HS Prom Queen Grad. She was awarded an A+ rating at the 1946 Minnesota State HS Music Contest on a clarinet duet with Mary Ann Kerich for ”Dance of the Flowers” by Tchaikovsky.

Tris became a Rochester St Mary’s nurse (RN) in 1951.

With wings on her heels, Tris, Ann O’Donnell and two other RN’s went to seek employment in California.

One early morning they were surprised to be driving into a rising sun.

Three hours later they laughed and had coffee at the same Route 66 café again.

Entering California and impressed by the orange groves they applied for jobs as pickers.

When the grower found out they were RN s, he laughed.

After working for one year at the VA hospital in LA, Tris returned to employment in Rochester, awaiting her next adventure.

Against AAA advisories, Tris and Ann decided to vacation in Mexico the cheap way, by driving a new 1953 Chevy provided by her father. Helpful Mexican road workers made it possible for two young blondes to drive the under construction road to Acapulco.

In 1954 Tris’ wings took her on an east coast adventure with employment at Grace New Haven hospital, Connecticut.

She lived at the “Y” until new RN friends Gloria Glanfede and Betty Smith shared their apartment.

Tris earned a BA at New Haven State Teachers College.

Tris became a Visiting Nurse in some of the toughest areas of the Bronx, but never felt threatened because her protection was the VN uniform and her black bag. VN’s medically assisted young pregnant women in their apartment, but mostly the Bronx elderly.

Street gangs actually protected VN medical providers.

In 1956 Tris married 1st/Lt. Virgil Loken (USAF) at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in NYC.

Daughter Ann was born in Wareham, Mass., James in Walter Reed, DC, Mike in Japan and Matt and Eric in Wichita, Kansas.

Tris really enjoyed volunteering to teach English at a Japanese Middle School in Saitama, Prefecture.

Tris organized and guided many Johnson Air Station enlisted wives on their only visit to Tokyo Ginza shopping.

Japan was their favorite USAF assignment.

In 1972 at Vandenberg AFB Tris developed breast cancer and had a mastectomy followed by intensive radiation therapy in Santa Barbara. Tris recovered and loved being a VN again in Solvang, Ca.

In 1978 Tris and her husband became Baskin-Robbins franchisees for the next 40 years in Fair Oaks.

She enjoyed being a docent for The Crocker Museum for over 17 years.

Tris passed at Mercy Folsom Hospital from congestive heart failure and is survived by her husband, children; Ann Wolf (Bob), James, Michael (Jayne) and Eric Loken, five grandchildren; David Wolf, Sarah Amezcua, Matthew, Kathryn & Patrick Loken, three great-grandchildren and her sister Gerry Gray of Stewartville. One son Matthew and her sister Jean Oliver preceded her.

Tris ‘wings have carried her on a final flight from a devoted and loving family to be with her father in heaven.

Tris' priceless gift for us to emulate is, Tris was a very interested listener who never spoke ill of anyone nor would she pass on gossip and always saw the bright side of people. Tris only gathered lifelong friends.

Please support the Salvation Army, Tris’ favorite charity.

Miller Funeral Home in Folsom, Ca is handling arrangements.

A memorial service to honor Tris’ life will be held at 11AM on 13 October at the Sun River Church 11223 Trinity River Drive, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670.


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13

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11:00 AM 10/13/2018 11:00:00 AM - 1:00 PM 10/13/2018 1:00:00 PM
Sun River Church

11223 Trinity River Drive
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

Sun River Church
11223 Trinity River Drive Rancho Cordova 95670 CA
United States
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