Patricia Eileen Picard was born January 31, 1923 in Culbertson, Montana to George & Ruby
(Shoemaker) Nacey and passed away June 19, 2018 in Eugene, Oregon. She was born in
Williston and raised on a sheep ranch west of Culbertson on The Little Muddy. She lived most of
her 95 years in eastern Montana. She met her husband Wayne Picard at a rodeo near Bainville,
where he was riding broncs..She thought he was very handsome and he loved her auburn hair!
After graduating high school, Patti moved to Seattle to follow her call of duty during WWII and
worked at the shipyards. She wasn’t a Rosie the Riveter, instead being the smart girl she was, she
worked in the shipyard office. She returned to her beloved Montana and married Wayne in April
1944 and they were married for 67 years.
Patti and Wayne farmed and ranched north of Bainville, Montana where they raised their 7 kids.
Patti was no stranger to hard work. She cooked, cleaned, sewed, baked, and canned everything
that didn’t move.... not only for her family but also the ranch help. Her children were involved in
4H for years and she as a leader. She was an accomplished seamstress and was well known in the
community for her cooking and baking skills. She is also remembered for hosting youth
tobogganing parties in the winter to branding adventures in the spring. Patti was most proud of
her family and she loved them beyond measure. Her house was the gathering place for family
celebrations. She always had time for her grandkids and enjoyed baking with them and playing
games. When Patti and Wayne moved into town, she finally had time to explore her creativity in
other ways. At one time Aggie counted 32 Peony plants in her yard. She also opened a ceramic
shop in her garage, complete with a firing kiln. People loved gathering, working on their
greenware, catching up on the latest news and exploring their artistic talents. We all have
examples of her handiwork, too, as she knitted many beautiful afghans for her family and
friends. She was so creative and loved a challenge to try something new...
Patti was a devout Catholic and an active member of Sacred Heart Altar Society. Her favorite
expression was, “The Lord loves a cheerful giver!” That being her mantra, she opened her door
to the priests who served Bainville...Whether it was driving 12 miles north on horrible roads or
in later years, at their home in Bainville, she invited them for meals and a game of cards every
chance she got. She will always be remembered for her genuine smile and infectious laugh. Her
church and community were an important part of her life. She was a big supporter of education
and the “Bulldogs”.
Patti and Wayne became snowbirds and moved to Arizona in their later years. They both enjoyed
retirement and lived full lives. In 2016, she moved to Oregon to be near her youngest daughter,
Patti leaves behind six of her children, Paul (JoAnn) Picard, Bev Vannatta, Terri Picard, Ernie
(Janice) Picard, Joe (Lorrie) Picard, Aggie(Setha) Picard...her 13 grandchildren, Justin and Jody,
Ali, Andrea, Mike and Mara, JC and Sharice, Jassen, Vanessa, Joely and Aubrey, Corey. Her 20
great grandchildren, Britney, Courtney, Samantha, Morgan, Maya, Molly, Jacob, Townes,
Averie, Ryland, Dylan, Tyler, Taylor, Aaron (Buddy), Darien, Isaiah, Josiah, Elijah, Elise and
Patti was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne (2011), eldest son, Michael, son in law,
Gene Vannatta and sisters, Kate Nyquist and Mary Picard.