|Amelia "Mimi" Baldwin VAN PATTEN
who was a picture of abundant life was born February 7, 1929 and died
peacefully at her home March 6, 2003. Mimi was born on the island of St.
Thomas in the Virgin Islands. Her father's naval career took her many
places in her youth, but Pennsylvania was where she found a special home
as she rode horses, worked as a camp counselor and enjoyed many friends.
She moved to Seattle at the age of 17 and attended Helen Bush School.
After graduation she attended Whitworth College. She married in 1949
and raised three children. During her homemaking years Mimi volunteered
for the Red Cross, taught swimming to the mentally disabled at Fircrest
and hosted neighborhood carnivals to raise money for charity. She worked
as a preschool teacher at Acorn Academy for a number of years and was a
favorite teacher for many children during that time. Mimi loved
swimming, skiing, horseback riding, beach combing and everything on
four legs. Her love of travel took her to Europe, Egypt, Africa, Tahiti,
Mexico and every back road in Washington State. Mimi was a devoted
mother and is survived by her children, Peter and David Bailey, and
Pamela Nolte as well as six grandchildren, Cameron, Peter, Catherine,
Lisa, Luke and Elan. Her childlike spirit blessed us all and we will miss
her. Pick up a collection of AA Milne, The Little Prince and The Bible and
you'll be reading her favorite books. A Private Memorial Service was held
at Acacia Chapel March 9th. Memorial donations may be made to the
Union Gospel Mission, Samaritan's Purse, Taproot Theatre or The
Alzheimer's Association in her memory.
Published in print on 3/14/2003.