On Friday November 17, 2023, Our mother Margaret Patricia (Patti) Earnshaw passed away into the hands of the Lord. She was a courageous survivor of cancer for over 18 years and an inspiration to many.
Mom was born in Rawlins, WY on August 11, 1938. She grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah and Ventura, CA, and graduated from the University of Utah in 1960 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. Patti was a member of Alpha Chi Omega Sorority, and continued her sisterhood through service on the House Corporation Board at UCSB. Her teaching career began in Utah and led her to San Jose, California. She then married our Father Jay Earnshaw and relocated to Santa Barbara. Childrearing led her to substitute teaching and a part time career in retail.
A devoted Catholic, our mom Patti was a long-time member of St. Raphael’s Church congregation. She taught CCD, worked with the Jr. High Tobiah club, and enjoyed coffee with the “Pray and Play” group. More recently she was attending St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Isla Vista, and was a member and past president of the Ladies of Charity of Santa Barbara supporting St. Vincent’s.
She is survived by her three daughters, Jodi Hentschke (Dave), Patricia Lester, Rebekka Putnam(Ian); her son, Christopher Earnshaw; her six grandchildren, Brad, Colton, Brooke, Marley, Raine, and Claire; and her ‘adopted daughter’, Missy Runnels.
A mass will be held at St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Isla Vista on Saturday, December 16th at 11:00 am followed by a reception and celebration of life.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cancer Society and Central Coast Hospice.