Patricia Ann South, also known as Patti and Pat, passed away January 14, 2013, after a long struggle with heart disease. She was born November 12, 1940 in Myrtle Creek, Ore., to William and Lois Brewer.
Patti grew up in Ashland and graduated Ashland High School in 1958. She lived in Ashland for the rest of her life. After graduating high school she attended beauty school and was a hairdresser in Ashland for over 50 years. Pat owned The Hair Den for several years. Until September 2012, she continued to work part-time three days a week at Victoria's Salon.
Pat was married to Wayne South and had three sons, Michael, David, and Patrick. She loved animals and always had pet dogs. Her most recent canine companions were Max and Tucker.
Patti was a proud member of Ashland High School Class of 1958 and the Elks.
Patricia is survived by her parents, Lois Brewer and David Friedenberg; her sons, Michael South and Patrick South; step-children, Cindy Ashworth, Wayne South, and Steven South; her grandchildren, Samuel South, Sophie South, Wayne J. South, and Marcus Laabs; her brother, Michael Brewer and his wife, Betty; her nieces, nephews, and their families Matt Brewer, Kelly Moran, Zac Brewer, John Veentjer, Sharon Hutchens, Pat Veentjer, and Mary Zollman; aunt, Nona Bingham; cousins, Barry Pitts, Joan Heckenliable, and Sharon Booker; and sisters-in-law, Norma Veentjer and Shirley South. She is also survived by extended family members too numerous to mention and many, many friends.
Pat was preceded in death by her son, David South; husband, Wayne South; fiance, James Sutherlin; and her father, William Brewer.
Upon graduating high school Patti received a scholarsip to attend beauty school. In recent years, at graduation time, she has awarded the AHS Class of '58 vocational scholarship to a worthy recipient at Ashland High School. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to The Ashland High School Class of '58 Scholarship Fund. Donations should be sent to The Oregon Community Foundation, 818 W. 8th Street, Medford, Ore. 97501 with a notation for donations to go to AHS Class of 1958 Scholarship Sub-fund in memory of Patricia South.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Ashland Elks, Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.
Patti was a people person with a generous spirit and infectious laugh. She was loved by those who knew her and will be greatly missed.