Patricia went on to her eternal home on October 30, 2022, at 90 years of age. We are grateful to God for her peaceful and merciful passing. She was born in San Francisco, the daughter of Herbert George Hofling and Bessie Merriam Hofling. Herbert came to the US in 1912 from Sweden, to fight for the US in WW1. Bessie came to San Francisco in 1902, when her parents homesteaded land in Mendocino county. They were from Massachusetts, and their family lines arrived there in 1638. Patricia grew up during WW2, and had two siblings, Robert and Ronald. She married Paul Maurice Gregory in 1954 in San Francisco. They had one son, Brian Paul Gregory. Her successful 35-year career in banking began as a loan secretary, and culminated with her as SVP of HR for Bay View Bank, for many years. In 2001, her husband passed away, and in 2003 she relocated from San Mateo to Santa Barbara and began a new and exciting life. She is survived by her son, Brian, his wife, Kerri, her three grandchildren, Alyssa, Colin, and Leia, and great-grandchild Isla.
Patricia’s life was filled with music and the joy of the performing arts. She gave generously her time, talent, and treasure to many organizations – the SB Symphony, the Granada, CAMA, UCSB A&L, State Street Ballet, Ensemble Theatre, SB Youth Symphony – and many, many more. She was the trustee of her aunt and uncle’s chartitable foundation (The Edward and Gladys Baker Foundation), which enabled her to make a real difference in the community. She especially loved all of the friends she made in her journey through support of local music, arts, and education. Her enthusiasm, her great sense of humor, her dedication to her family, friends, work, and pursuits, and her dedication, brought joy and and love to all!
Thank you God for the gift of Patricia’s life. Thank all of you for being her family and friends. She is greatly loved and greatly missed.
There will be a celebration of life in February 2023 in Santa Barbara. Her inurnment will take place at a private ceremony in December 2022 at Skylawn Memorial Park in San Mateo, California. Please contact the family for celebration details at estateofpatriciagregory which is at gmail.com (please no spam).
In lieu of flowers, please consider contributing to any of the charities Patricia loved, or of course your own choice.