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Patricia L. Backer, 85

| May 17, 2020 1:00 AM

Patricia L. Backer passed away peacefully at her Hayden home with her daughter, Kendall Backer, at her side, following complications from a recent stroke.

Pat loved life and jumped in fearlessly with both feet, an inspiration for all of us. She enjoyed new adventures, meeting different people and playing any kind of game, but especially loved bridge. She really appreciated her bridge partners and travel companions.

Her intrepid nature led her to travels all over the world, even sometimes traveling alone. She always came home with new friends. Her nature can be summed up by her last grueling trip to Vietnam and Cambodia at age 85, toting an oxygen tank!

Pat was an excellent entertainer and cook, trying all cuisines, and you knew you made it when you received an invitation to her sought-after dinner or brunch gatherings. She was stylish and always entered a room with elegance, confidence and eagerness to meet new people and see old friends. She had a ready smile and was a loyal friend.

Pat married the love of her life, her handsome Marine, Phillip Backer, in 1957, and they celebrated 57 years together before he passed in 2014. Pat and Phil were true American patriots. Their beloved son, Rand Backer, preceded them in death in 1996.

No service is scheduled at this time. Yates Funeral Home is entrusted with final arrangements. Please visit Pat’s online memorial and sign her guestbook at