Pat 'Patsy' Hartley

Posted: Friday, July 24, 2009

Longtime Homer resident Pat "Patsy" Hartley died Sunday, July l9, 2009 surrounded by family at her home. She was 63.

A memorial mass will be held at 5 p.m. Monday, July 27, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, followed by a celebration of life at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center.

Mrs. Hartley was born March 12, 1946, in Flushing, N.Y. the oldest of seven children born to Peg and Glen Perkins. She was the daughter of a career Navy man, and traveled to many destinations, settling in Virginia Beach, Va., in 1957, where she graduated from Old Dominion University with a degree in English in 1968. She began her career in journalism as a public relations specialist for the Naval Supply Center newspaper, in Norfolk. Soon after, she met and married Ray Springer in June 1970, and the couple moved to Butte, Mont.

"Another call to the Wild West and Patsy and Ray were headed north to Anchorage and three redheaded kids soon followed. In 1982, they relocated to Homer," her family said.

After becoming a single parent in 1985, she and her sister, purchased Homer Secretarial Services and worked together for more than 10 years.

Upon the sale of the business, Pat became a legislative aide for then Reps. Gail Phillips and Drew Scalzi. This job led her to her present husband, Bob Hartley, who, at that time, was lobbying for lessening various oyster farming regulations.

"Patsy and Bob had 10 happy years together, working their oyster farm and hosting friends and family at their cabin in Peterson Bay," her family said.

During her years in Homer, Patsy was involved in a number of community activities, especially those related to her children's school activities, the Homer Chamber of Commerce, Kachemak Shellfish Growers' Association, Homer Garden Club and South Peninsula Hospital Board of Directors.

"Her strongest interest, though, was mothering her Homer family and taking lost teens into her brood. Over the years, her sources of joy included her grandchildren and good friends, gardening, hiking, working out, throwing and glazing pottery, knitting and felting, and reading excellent books," her family said.

Mrs. Hartley is survived by her husband; Bob's children, daughter, Mary Ursin, her husband Rich and their son, Jackson, and Rob and his son, Morgan; Patsy's children, Rowan Springer, Maggie Springer and children Liam and Amelia, and Matthew Springer, his wife, Emily, and their daughter, Anna Coral; Patsy's mother, of Virginia Beach; brothers, Michael Perkins and his wife, Kristi, of North Carolina, and Jim Perkins and his wife, Debbie, of Virginia Beach; sisters, Loretta Marx of Virginia Beach, Cathy Ross and her husband, Ken of California, Jayne Viele and her husband, Pete, of Alexandria, Va., and Kimberly Perkins and her husband, Todd Hoppe, of Homer; and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made online to the American Cancer Society or to the National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasia.

Arrangements were by the Homer Funeral Home.

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