Laura Joyce (Fett) Patton was born March 14, 1920 in Portland, Ore. She passed away peacefully February 4, 2014 in Eagle Point, Ore.

Laura was born the year women won the right to vote, and she liked to say, They knew I was coming and they started getting ready for me. She worked throughout her life to help those often overlooked by society and to build a more peaceful and just world.

Laura taught English and journalism at Phoenix High School in Phoenix, Ore. (1963-1967) and at Nova High School in Redding, Calif. (1967- 1985). Throughout her life she was a role model and inspiration for many, including serving as a U.S. Navu Lieutenant in WWII. With her four children with Oswald John Fett II (married 1949-1961), she shared many gifts, including a commitment to social justice and a keen appreciation for the humor and beauty in life.

Laura was preceded in death by her daughter, Christine Linell Fett (1951-1972) and is survived by two daughters and a son: Teresa Patton of Saint Paul, Minn., O. John Fett III (Janice) of Lincoln, Calif., and Diana Candee (Gordon) of Millbrae, Calif. She is also survived by eight grandchildren, John Fett IV, Gabrial Fett (Nikki), Alexander Fett, Christopher Fett, Kyle Candee, Rachel Doble (Andrew), Caitlin Candee, and Luke Dauner.

The family will hold a Celebration of Laura's Life at the Ashland Community Center in Lithia Park, 59 Winburn Way, Ashland, Oregon, on Friday, August 29, 2014 from 2:30 to 4:30 pm. All are welcome.

Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made in Laura's name to: The Laura Patton Children's Book Fund, Jackson County Library Foundation, 205 South Central Ave., Medford, Oregon 97501 or to the Laura Patton Memorial Education Fund, c/o Diana Candee, 310 Loyola Drive, Millbrae, CA 94030.