A friendly family serving you in your time of need
 Albany W.A.
9 Cockburn Rd,
9:30am to 3:30pm
9841 3090
0428 665 123 (24HRS)
9 Cockburn Rd, Albany W.A.
OFFICE HOURS: 9841 3090
24 HOURS: 0428 665 123
Office Hours
Mon - Fri 9:30am to 3:30pm

Patricia Leighton


  • Keith & Georgie Embry March 28, 2020 5:21 pm

    We have had a long friendship. Starting when Pattie held a “kitchen tea” for me when I was entering into the Wellstead district community all those years ago. We shared the joys & pain of new land farming, found time for some joyful social occasions too. Lovely memories to cherish. Pattie recently had lunch with us & Kate said how much she enjoyed talking with her again , and how contented she seemed to be with her writing projects. This is a very sad goodbye

    • John Leighton & Teri Lydiard March 29, 2020 8:43 am

      The Canadian branch of the Leighton family is greatly saddened to learn of Pattie’s sudden passing. We’ve always felt a great deal of affinity with our Australian family from our first meeting when Russell and Pattie visited Vancouver more than 30 years ago. The love of nature and wilderness, the sense of adventure and exploration, were strong common bonds. We immediately knew them as genuine, “real” and down-to-earth people. We loved them instantly. And that love widened as we got to know the rest of our Australian family through several visits over the following years.

      We fondly remember our visit with you all in Albany in 2010 and our visit to the farm. We definitely hope to return someday but, sadly, Russell and Pattie won’t be there. But they’ll always be fondly remembered and I’m sure we’ll feel their energy gently vibrating on the land.

      • JOAN & JIM BAILY March 29, 2020 10:17 am

        Saddened to hear of Pattie’s sudden death. Our condolences to all her family.
        Pattie has been a real inspiration to me over the past 40 years, since I first met her and I was thrilled to nominate her for the inaugural Rural Woman of the Year for W.A. Her amazing story was subsequently the first to be told in the book ‘Women of the Land’ as told by Ros Bowden.
        Her love of nature was inspirational, as was her love of her land. Her encouragement for people in the Wellstead district to write their stories, plus the compilation of the various Trees, Birds, Mammals and Geology and Landform books of the Wellstead district, will be invaluable for generations to come. Have also thoroughly enjoyed her Children’s books, as well as her novel, ‘Spindrift and Footprints’.
        The Wellstead Book Club will greatly miss this lovely, gentle lady’s insightful contributions at our monthly meetings. Rest in peace, Pattie. You will be sadly missed.

        • Sarah Walmsley March 29, 2020 8:51 pm

          Dear Cousins

          I am so very sorry to hear about Pattie’s death, you must be in terrible shock. She was an amazing woman, such a contradiction of inner strength and gentleness, and always so kind and generous to her English nieces.
          I hope her death was peaceful and that under the current restrictions, you can mourn and celebrate her special life appropriately.
          She is immortalised in our hearts, through memories, through her publications and on film.
          I am so grateful David and I had a chance to spend time with her, Sylvia, Dad and Linda during my recent visit.

          I send condolences and love to you all on behalf of Felicity, David and I. We are so sorry. She was a gentle legend of a woman and set an example for us all.

          Sarah xx

          • Melody Denton March 29, 2020 8:54 pm

            To All of Patties Family

            With love from Melody and Mark xxxx

            Mark and I were devastated to hear about your mother’s passing. What a shock to you all. When we last saw her 2 years ago, even though it was just after your father died, she was so vibrant and lovely and still young.

            I will always remember taking a long walk with her on the farm some years ago and some of the lovely stories she told me whilst picking banksias. We had a lovely time together just her and myself.

            Also her children’s books 2 of which I treasure. I was only thinking the other day I wondered if she has done some more and if I could get copies of them. The grand children over here have loved them.

            We are thinking of you at this very sad time.
            With love from Melody and Mark Denton xxxx

            • Karen Campbell (nee Nicholson) March 29, 2020 8:57 pm

              Dear Silvia and Family
              To all of Patties Family
              I was saddened to hear of the passing of Pattie . I’m sure she will be greatly missed by you . I have many happy memories of spending time with both Russell and Pattie when I came out with Mother .
              My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time .
              Love Karen x

              • Miyako & Yabbe March 29, 2020 9:00 pm

                To all Patties Family

                We are deeply shocked to hear of Pattie’s passing; it’s hard to believe, it’s too sudden. Pattie was like a big sun for us, and we loved her warm smiley face. She was always very natural.
                We want to send our many thanks and loves and big hugs to Russell and Pattie in “happy hunting grounds”.

                A few days ago, I remembered when we visited your farm in November 2017. I was thinking, how are you all…
                Leighton family is very special for us. We are sorry and missed Pattie very much.
                Thank you for thinking about us. Our thoughts and prayers are always with you. We would like to visit you again in the future.

                Lots of love
                Yabbe and Miyako

                • Carol Petterson March 29, 2020 9:06 pm

                  To All of Patties Family
                  I’m so sorry to hear of your loss.
                  I lost my Mother in 1973 and still yearn for her…they say that time will heal…but that’s not true.Time give you space to learn to live without her.
                  I yearn for the comfort of her arm and that big comfortable bosom
                  I yearn for her wisdom and her sense of fairness and determination.

                  Love to you all, Sylvia, Penny, Jim and families

                  Aunty Carol

                  • Harley Coyne March 29, 2020 9:08 pm

                    Sad news.

                    I hope you and your family gain strength from her passing as she was an incredible person.

                    Regards and pass on my condolences to the family please.

                    • Keith Bradby March 29, 2020 9:11 pm

                      To All of Patties Family

                      Your mum was one of the very real people I had the privilege of bumping into now and again, but always knowing we were both walking the same path. And I was of course a big admirer of all she achieved for the Wellstead area. Hope we have helped a small bit of Pattie’s legacy to live on. Glad it was a peaceful end

                      • Kurrah Mia Gallery March 29, 2020 9:12 pm

                        To All of Patties Family
                        With sadness in our hearts we can only support you and your family with words. We will always remember her smile and her love for Boodja and all peoples. The trees will miss her hugs as well as all of her family. Can you throw a hand full of earth were she will rest from us. Love from all of us.

                        • Vernice Gillies and Larry B. March 29, 2020 9:15 pm

                          We are so sorry for the family’s loss. Such a wonderful, caring ,generous and caring lady. Sad shes gone but glad it was peaceful for her. We loved having chats with her in our shop whenever she came to visit. I will always remember our last hug. She spoke about the peace and serenity of hearing the birds and the silence when she stayed out at the farm. She loved it. xx

                          Love and thoughts for better days ahead for you and your family.

                          Vern G and Larry xx

                          • Frank Rijavec March 29, 2020 9:17 pm

                            To Patties Family
                            In the presence of your dear mum one could feel nothing but kindness and respect. Her spirit gave rise to these in oneself, and to other feelings… that divined both fragility and wonder… she had a lovely presence and an intelligence that put Wellstead on the map, for me especially, in all the best ways. Good vibes from me and Noelene in your loss… knowing also that she has left some bright threads in the woody heath of our consciousness.

                            • Rachel Hore March 29, 2020 9:20 pm

                              To Patties Family
                              I am so so so saddened to hear the news of Pattie’s passing.
                              It saddens me that it has happened at this time when the world is reeling and you can’t be together with all the family and friends who love her.
                              When I think of Pattie -she is beautiful, gracious, kind, patient, thoughtful, curious, loving and generous. She would now and then send me little email updates on how life was going which I always appreciated.
                              I love your family so much and wish I could be there for you in this time of grieving your dear mum.
                              I have some beautiful photos of Patti and Russell at Big Sing and will pass them on to you soon. I will miss her dreadfully.

                              Sending you both my biggest love.

                              • Corinn Hine March 29, 2020 9:22 pm

                                To Patties Family

                                Patty was so full of life and determination to make the best out of all that surrounded her. Family, farm, community and the natural world. There certainly were challenges and she rose to them.

                                I am sorry that you didn’t get to have Patty in your lives for longer, but I am happy to hear that she left on her own terms.

                                Patties intelligence and love of the world shines through in all that you do.

                                Love Corinn

                                • Felicity Leighton March 29, 2020 9:30 pm

                                  To Patties Family
                                  I was so sorry to hear of your dear mum Pattie’s passing and am so glad it was peaceful. How very much you will miss her.

                                  As you say your mum will now be re-united with Russel. I was aware at my last visit that your dear mum was finding things more difficult. (just before her book launch.). The world changes so rapidly these days and not always particularly for the better.

                                  Sarah and I will miss her too. She was our last Aunt and always very kind and welcoming to us and I know a big support to Dad and especially when he was living alone at the farm in the 1980s and having to cope with self isolation for long periods of time.

                                  Thinking of you all and knowing your mum will always be alive in your hearts and her wonderful influence in your life will always be there too.
                                  Take care and I hope to re-instate my visit as soon as people are allowed back into Australia without the need to self isolate.

                                  Take care and much love from Felicity xxx

                                  • Angela Sanders March 29, 2020 9:32 pm

                                    To All of patties Family
                                    I am sad and happy all at once. Your mother was an exceptional person who I will remember as a true lover of the natural world. When I first moved to Ravensthorpe in the early 90s and met your mum she was a shining light to me, someone who lived on the land and loved it too. I am so happy she passed when she was ready and at peace with death. I am happy too that you were able to be there with her. Although I won’t be allowed to attend Patties funeral please know that I will be there in spirit to pass on my highest esteem for a truly remarkable woman, Pattie.
                                    Lots of love to and your family, especially Penny, will be thinking of you. Sending you hugs over the airwaves. xoxoxo

                                    • David McNamara March 29, 2020 9:35 pm

                                      To Patties Family

                                      Sad news indeed, I had a real soft spot for Pattie. It sounds as though her last days were happily spent and surrounded by family – what a wonderful way to go. Lots of virtual hugs to support you in your grieving – until normal service is resumed.
                                      Regards, David

                                      • Bruce Manning March 29, 2020 9:37 pm

                                        To Patties Family

                                        Thankyou for letting me know about Pattie’s passing. It came as a real shock because she crossed in front of me on Golf Links Road from Griffiths St in sprightly fashion on a recent bike ride to Emu Point.

                                        We got to know each other well when she was the mainstay of a woodwork class we ran in Ray Barr’s shed for several years in the late 80’s/early 90’s when I worked for TAFE and of course we shared a keen interest in conservation, albeit her commitment outshone mine, and indeed, most others.

                                        I admired her work for the environment, the Wellstead community and district more broadly. The world is a significantly poorer place for her passing.

                                        Sincere condolences to you all.


                                        • Basil Schur March 29, 2020 9:40 pm

                                          I send my love and condolences to all of the family at the passing of Pattie. I did know your Mum well enough to know that she was a much loved member of the Wellstead and Albany community, and deeply caring for both the environment and humanity. I can appreciate how much you will all miss her over coming weeks and months. It is good and so important to have family and friends at such times to help with the grief process.

                                          Love and Blessings


                                          • Kevin and Kathy Collins March 29, 2020 9:42 pm

                                            To Patties Family
                                            A very special lady, whom we treasured despite only seeing one another on odd occasions….a real sweetheart with whom we just clicked and admired.
                                            She will remain with us in birdsong as you suggest. Fond memories, fond times, another true nature lover.
                                            Our thoughts are with you and your family members .
                                            Lots of warm hugs (no physical ones at the present) and love from Kevin & Kathy xxxx
                                            Banksia Farm

                                            • Teresa Hughes March 29, 2020 9:45 pm

                                              To Patties Family

                                              The news of Patties passing was a shock. I’m glad that her time in hospital was short and you could all be there with her.

                                              I feel I did know her well- and was very fond and admiring of your mother. All those times she willingly joined Russell and Peter in the singing items for the choir concerts; all the times she whispered in my ear thank you for ‘looking after’ Russell!

                                              Lots of love to you and the family and thinking or you all at this sad time.

                                              Teresa xxx

                                              • Adele Millard March 29, 2020 10:00 pm

                                                My sincere condolences to all the Leighton family. Your Mum was my favourite teacher (Wellstead Kindergarten 1968-69) and instilled in me a lifelong love of learning synonymously from books and life experience. Such a gentle, sincere, warm and kind human being. Vale Pattie

                                                • Sian Turner March 29, 2020 10:03 pm

                                                  I send my love and condolences to all the family knowing how special Pattie is. I will miss her spark, warmth, gentle wisdom, and encouragement of me as a younger writer through our connection in a love of stories. I’ve loved sharing in the journey of her books – from photos of her adventures in Alaska (Uswitusqaq’s Dream) and seeing this come to publication through the Alutiiq Museum, a weekend camping trip to Cape Riche and walking along the coast which features in ‘Spindrift and Footprints’ and also visiting the family farm (Wedgies Paper Tale). Thank you Pattie for the way you’ve enriched my life as well as so many others from all spheres in this community. You will be terribly missed

                                                  • Dianne Wolfer March 29, 2020 10:06 pm

                                                    I’m so very sorry for your loss. Pattie was such a kind, selfless and gracious lady. And an inspiration in so many ways. She was a talented author who wrote about important things and made the world a better place. Pattie will be greatly missed. With love and deepest sympathy. Dianne and Pete

                                                    • Duncan Porter March 29, 2020 10:09 pm

                                                      So very sorry to hear of your families loss. Pattie was a very big part of my life in the early days at Wellstead growing up with Sam and the family many fond memories. Love to you all at this time

                                                      • Rhonda & Ross Williams March 29, 2020 10:10 pm

                                                        Pattie was an inspirational and amazing lady. Deepest sympathy to you all.
                                                        Ross and Rhonda Williams

                                                        • Anna Lorenz March 29, 2020 10:12 pm

                                                          Deepest sympathy to Pattie’s family ❤️ Pattie was a true inspiration and one of the kindest hearts I have ever had the pleasure to know.

                                                          • John & Teri Leighton March 29, 2020 10:46 pm

                                                            Remembrances of Pattie Leighton from her Canadian family. We were all so shocked and saddened by the news of Pattie’s sudden passing. We remember her as such a vibrant life-force. To know that spark has been extinguished too soon seems hard to accept. But her spark ignited that same energy and passion in so many others – particularly her own family – and so the light and energy shines on through subsequent generations.
                                                            We enjoyed Pattie’s writings and her ability to share important messages through beautiful, meaningful stories. Her sensitivity towards and respect of indigenous peoples was, in many ways, ahead of her time. Our love and thoughts and happy remembrances of Pattie are with you all at this difficult time.
                                                            John, Teri, Ian and Sean
                                                            P.S. John’s sister Barbara and her husband John join us in sending our condolences.

                                                            • Ruth Walker March 30, 2020 7:09 am

                                                              I remember a day we shared with Patti when I was teaching my kids about the hidden creatures of the bush in our area. Patti helped us set traps (harmless ones) and make bait which included peanut paste, and we naively hoped we might catch a Dibbler! She came back to celebrate with us when the data was in – bush rats! – day after day, eating us out of peanut paste. We sat on the verandah and the flies carried off the gluten-free food as she kindly and lovingly shared with the kids her love and respect for our bush.
                                                              What a beautiful, dignified model of the the best in country women!

                                                              • Joanna March 30, 2020 10:25 am

                                                                Our love and thoughts will be with you all tomorrow as you say your final farewells to Pattie, a warm, kind andcompassionate woman who will be missed by so many.

                                                                • David Gorman March 30, 2020 10:51 am

                                                                  Deepest sympathy to family and friends of Pattie. I have fond memories of her in my younger life, rocking up on the farm in her 40 series troopy, to go walking through the south coast scrub, digging in ground traps to catch, document and release native animals. She was always excited when I would telephone her up whenever I found any intacked native roadkill that could be taxidermied for the Wellstead community display. The community walks she used to organise and participate in were always good fun. She had such an amazing knowledge of all the native flora and fauna and during my Wellstead days as a child, then teenager, found her enthusiasm encapturing and exciting. Always greeted by name and a smile along with all those expeditions that gave me some fantastic life experiences, I will remember her as a kind warm lady that i had the upmost respect for.

                                                                  • Tim Mitchell March 30, 2020 11:27 am

                                                                    Pattie, was such a lovely, caring and understanding person. A wonderful mother to Sylvia and her siblings. A wise, humorous and generous soul to her grandchildren Aidan and Jonas.
                                                                    I loved her increasing connection to country and how place and culture intersected with family which eventually became a passion of seemingly equal importance to farm life. Patties passions were infectious and served as life lessons for those of us that now bear her legacy.
                                                                    A life well lived and she is already missed. Thankfully her strength and wisdom is already serving us well in these hours, days and months of need.
                                                                    Love Tim, Aidan and Jonas

                                                                    Leave A Tribute