Patricia K. Lind, 98, passed away peacefully on April 29, 2022, at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center. Born in The Germantown Hospital on April 29, 1924, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Pat was the daughter of John R. and Ellen M. (Quinlisk) Glemser, and the second eldest of seven children.
Pat graduated from the Little Flower Catholic High School for Girls in 1942, and after graduating worked as a keyboard operator for the Selective Service in Philadelphia. In 1943, she met and fell in love with Delmar Victor Lind, a serviceman in the US Army, at a church sponsored USO dance. They were married after the war on February 9, 1946. Glasgow, Montana, where Del was from, became their first family home, and Del resumed his career with The Montana Power Company. They lived here until Del transferred to Chinook in 1957, then back to Glasgow in 1970. They had four children – Patty, Jack, Jim, and Susan, and were married for 63 years before Del passed away. Pat worked as a bank teller and assistant cashier for fifteen years before her retirement.
Pat was a woman of great strength to whom laughter came easily. She shifted from life as a city girl to a small town lady with admirable ease and grace, maintaining her faith and serving her community through The Altar Society and the church choir. She raised her children in the Catholic faith, taking care to remind them when they were due for confession, and always with suggestions of what they might mention on hand. Pat was a loving mother, who mastered the art of the casserole and poignant advice, and who kept in close contact with her children long after they had left home. For many years she crafted weekly letters to her adult children and her family back East; then once computers became common, Pat sent frequent emails.
Pat and Del used their retirement to travel: coast to coast in the USA, many times overseas to visit their daughters and their families, as well as stopping in often exotic destinations to satisfy their curiosity of different cultures. They enjoyed lengthy winter escapes to Arizona. What made Pat really special was her celebration of the differences amongst her family, friends, and others.
Kindness, generosity, and joy characterize Pat. She volunteered in the thrift clothing shop in Glasgow, took pride in her connection with the Soroptimists, and her warm heart ensured a wonderful group of friends surrounded her always. Bridge and reading were pastimes that brought her joy and friendship through the clubs she belonged to, and were interests that continued into her nineties. She never forgot to appear for her weekly hair appointment; it was as much a social engagement as a necessity. Her children and grandchildren will always remember the warmth and strength of her hugs, and her unwavering dedication to her husband was on constant display in his last living decade, where Pat cared him with infinite patience and love. Those who knew her, loved her, and her laugh rose up from deep within, and that along with all of her strength and wisdom and love, will be one of the things missed most.
Pat is survived by three of her four children: Patty Alford (Ray) of Queensland, Australia; Jim (Melodie) of Polson, Montana; Susan Aune (Larry) of Houston, Texas; her sister, Mary Ellen Balbier; her daughter-in-law Penny Lind of Malta, Montana. In addition, there are ten grandchildren who will dearly miss her: Michelle Krosby, Lena Halford, Jacque Wandler, Rebecca Spencer, Kyle Lind, Erin Lind, Scott Lind, Tyler Aune, Lindsey Flores, and Jordan Aune, not to forget seventeen great-grandchildren. Pat is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Delmar, and son Jack, and five siblings (George Meyers, Jack Glemser, Margaret Henigan, Catherine Randt, and Delores Glemser).
Pat will never be forgotten. She is deeply loved and appreciated by family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her honor to:
Glasgow Educational Trust Fund (ghsedutrust.org)
Friends of the Pool and Park Foundation (http://chinookfriends.org)
Little Flower Catholic High School for Girls ( https://littleflowerhighschool.org/ways-to-give)
A service of remembrance will be held at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church, May 26th, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. A reception at the VFW will be held at the VFW from 1:00-2:30 p.m. Condolences may be left for the family at bellmortuarymontana.com.