Patty Ann (Costa) Simonian born May 4, 1942 in Merced, California. Born to John and Mary Costa. Patty wore many hats throughout her life, she worked in retail at Gottchalk’s, worked famously as a cook at Houghton Kearney Elementary School, worked at Kerman State Bank and was a bookkeeper at Tony Cubre Farms.
Patty is proceeded in death by her parents, John and Mary Costa, and her husband Pete Simonian.
Patty attended Houghton-Kearney elementary and Central Union High School. On August 26, 1961 Patty married her High School sweet heart, Pete Simonian, they met at Central Union High School. In 1971 they started their farming dreams, where they farmed vegetables of all kind. This was a family operation, as their children Talbert, Nanette and Peter J. helped them on the farm. This was the title Patty held dearest was being a farmer, in 1995 Pete and Patty planted prunes which they grew organically until 2011 when Patty sold the farm. She wanted to make sure the farm was sold to family members.
During Patty’s life she gave freely of her extra time to her children and grandchildren. She held many 4H leader hats from beginning girls to rocketry. She was a FFA Mom, also CUHS Band Mom, she was president of the POMS for 2 years. Patty and Pete were very active in the Cabrillo Civic Clubs of California for many years, in which she held several offices both local and state levels. Whenever they needed someone to step in Patty would without questions. She held Fresno County President position for many (7) years. She supported her son Peter (US Navy) by joining the Blue Star Moms for people in the military service. She also supported her daughter Nanette by joining Central Valley CWA. Also during wine season she babysat her grandsons to support Talbert.
Some of the best times of Patty`s life was spending time with her grandchildren; Matthew, Kylie, Jerad, Kassidy and Caydin. She would get so excited when she talked to them or was able to visit with them. She loved when her grandchildren invited friends to join in on the event she was attending.
Patty was also active with her church, St. George Greek Orthodox Church. She would give as much as her body would allow her to do. Especially when it came to the famous Fresno Greek Food Festival they would have in August. During this event one year Pete and Patty were introduced to the Greek Orthodox Church and they fell in love with it. They renewed their wedding vows in the church for their 40th Anniversary.
The last 4 almost 5 years Patty has been a resident at Paintbrush Assisted Living and Memory Care. Patty quickly became the heart and soul of Paintbrush. She quickly became the greeter, she welcomed everyone who came in. She was active and encouraging on every Paintbrush outing they took. Patty found her greatest joy taking care of the Paintbrush community garden. This was her pride and joy, she would select the crops to be planted, she would fertilize, treat for pests and let the residents know when it was time to pick them.
Patty is survived by her son Talbert, her daughter Nanette, her son Peter J. and wife Toni, grandchildren: Matthew, Kylie, Jerad, Kassidy and Caydin. Patty is also survived by her brother Kenneth Costa and brother-in-law Scott, sister Johnell Costa Wilt and brother-in-law Dennis. She is also survived by neighboring cousins Bette O’ Sullivan & Godson Jim Costa, Patty is also survived by many nieces, nephews and many more cousins and many friends. Special thank you to the staff past and present at Paintbrush Assisted Living and Memory Care for their wonderful and thorough care they gave to Patty. Special thanks to Bristol Hospice for being so wonderful to Patty at the end.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. George Greek Orthodox Church, Sacramento Co. Cabrillo Civic Club #5 Scholarship fund of Central Valley CWA Scholarship fund.
St. George Greek Orthodox Church
2219 N. Orchard
Fresno, CA 93704
Sacramento Co. Cabrillo Civic Club #5
1784 S. Chateau Fresno
Fresno, CA 93706
Central Valley CWA
P.O. Box 1761
Clovis, CA 93612-1761
St. George Greek Orthodox Church
2219 N. Orchard, Fresno CA 93703
Sacramento County Cabrillo Civic Club #5
1784 S. Chateau, Fresnof CA 93706
Central Valley Women for Agriculture
P.O. Box 1761, Clovis CA 93612-1761