Patty C. Wanlass, 59, lost her courageous battle with Leiomyosarcoma cancer and passed away surrounded by her family on a beautiful Saturday afternoon, June 21, 2014. Born in American Fork, Utah on December 04, 1954 to Robert and Patricia Christiansen. She married Carl T. Wanlass on November 12, 1976 in American Fork, Utah.
Patty grew up as a free spirit who loved being outdoors riding her beloved horse Patches, spending time up the canyon, and taking car rides over the “Highland Bump”. After marrying her soul mate, she never expected to have children, however, she was quickly blessed with two boys that gave her a run for her money each and every day of her life. As the only girl of the family, Patty endured a boy’s life of sports, stitches, and troublemaking. There was no baseball game she didn’t attend, action movie she didn’t see, or G.I. Joe figure she didn’t buy. As her boys grew up and moved on, she fostered an adventurous spirit and always loved trying new things. She developed many passions including golfing, hiking in the desert, landscape photography, and water coloring. She had a natural talent with both the lens and brush that will live on forever through her work. Four years ago, she was given her greatest wish of all, the first girl of the family. She finally had a kindred spirit to share years of pent-up girl talk! There was nothing more cherished in her life than her two grandchildren.
She is survived by her loving husband Carl T. Wanlass of Washington, UT; son Tyson (Ashley) of Salt Lake City, UT; son Trent (Lindsey) of Washington, UT; grandchildren Madyson Lynn Wanlass and Seth Ryan Holstein; parents Robert (Patricia) of Highland, UT; sister Gay (Michael) of Pleasant Grove, UT; brother Bret of Salt Lake City, UT; brother Dan (Stephanie) of La Trinidad, Benguet, Philippines.
Per Patty’s request there will be no public viewing, no funeral services, and no giving of flowers please. True to her nature she’s decided to donate her body to the University of Utah in the interest of cancer research. A public celebration of her life will be held Friday, June 27 from 5-10 p.m. at the Northampton House, 198 West 300 North, American Fork, Utah. We invite anyone who is able to attend to come as you are and raise a glass in honor of one of the most positively radiant, generous, and Sunny Lady to grace this earth. In lieu of flowers the family requests a donation made to the Huntsman Cancer Institute in Patty’s name. We are eternally grateful for the care and support given by the doctors and nurses at this amazing institute. Patty also asked to send her love to Sally and Ruth of IHC Hospice for their tender loving care.
Love always Mom. We’ll never forget to keep smiling!
Arrangements by Heideman Hughes Mortuary, 435-674-5000.