A Friendly Family Serving You In Your Time Of Need

Patricia Leighton

Date of Service: 31/03/2020
Time: 10:30 am

Allambie Park Crematorium Chapel

Due to current circumstances and limitations placed on group gatherings, only close family is able to attend this service. Please do leave a condolence message for the family in the tribute section below. 

This service was live streamed. If you missed it, an official recording of the service is now only available by contacting the family.  


Chub Witham
April 14, 2020 1:21 pm
To Penny, Sam, Jim, Sylvia and Kylie and families Your mum was always a happy generous person who made me feel very welcomed. Thinking of you all. Chub
Tony Gorman
April 12, 2020 6:29 pm
Condolence to the Leighton family. You couldnt have asked for better neighbours. Back in the early days we have good memories of Pattie and the kids bringing their sheep over for shearing. Always smiling. Tony, Teresa Gorman and family.
Barbara Madden
April 6, 2020 5:22 pm
To the Leighton Family I was so very sorry to hear of Patties passing. It must have been such a terrible shock to you all, as it was to so many people who knew and loved her. Although not close friends, I really enjoyed our occasional chance meetings. When we would chat about our recent adventures and how they had affected us. She seemed to do many of the same things as I did, but always a couple of years earlier! Kayaking Alaska, Himalayas,........she was a much admired role model for me and I especially admire the way she was able to engage with people she met on her travels, and to be so creative afterwards with the story books etc. Others have written of her huge contribution to the environment and the Wellstead Community - what a legacy. You must be so proud of her and I'm sure that will stay with you and hopefully fill some of the emptiness you must be feeling. My thoughts are with you all With Love Barb Madden.
Albany branch of the Wildflower society
April 6, 2020 5:16 pm
On the death of your mother. Although I didn’t have the pleasure of meeting her, she was obviously a very special lady who is leaving a legacy that will last for a long time. Know that we , at the Albany branch of the Wildflower Society, are thinking of you and your family. Kind regards Wendy Minchin
April 5, 2020 5:38 pm
To the Leighton Family I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Pattie. She contributed so much to the Wellstead district and used her talents in so many ways to make the world a better place. She will be fondly remembered. Lynda
Greg St. Arnauld
April 3, 2020 10:45 pm
To Patties Family We are sorry to hear about Pattie's death. We loved her and appreciated what a wonderful lady and amazing mother she was. She was loved by everyone! What a fantastic legacy she leaves in her incredible children and independent and strong grandchildren Kindest Greg St. Arnauld and family
Alison Steer
April 3, 2020 10:36 pm
To All The Leighton's Sincere condolences on your loss Thinking of you all Alison Steer
Margot and Bill Stretch
April 3, 2020 10:34 pm
Dear Leighton Families, Please accept our deepest sympathy on the passing of your mother Pattie. We were so sad to hear about this and want you all to know that our loving caring thoughts are with you all. Pattie was a very special person whom we greatly admired and respected. She was a lady with many talents and who had many interests which she explored and researched diligently. We felt privileged to be one of her friends and am sorry that distance precluded us from meeting more often. You have a wonderful family, with loving parents. I know you will all stay close supporting each other as Pattie and Russell brought you up as a close knit family - at the same time encouraging you to become confident individuals. Again to you all, our loving thoughts are with you all With love from Margot and Bill Stretch.
Kris and Ian Smith
April 3, 2020 10:26 pm
To All Patties Family We were sad to hear of Patties passing. She was a wonderful lady! You must have loved and cherished her. Best wishes from Kris and Ian Smith and Family (Patties neighbours at Hope St in Albany)
Sue Monger
April 3, 2020 10:23 pm
Dear Penny, Sam, Jim, Sylvia and Kylie, I am so saddened by Jim's call on Thursday and have spent much time thinking about Pattie, her wonderful character and quiet determination. Adrian and I enjoyed our association with the Leighton's, dating back to the fabulous 1978 rowing season! We found many occasions to keep in touch with visits to the farm and later to Hope St. We always tried to fit in a visit on our annual trip to Denmark. Just last April we spent a couple of days at Hope St to see the special light show on Mt. Clarence. We enjoyed a swamp walk with Pattie leading us intrepidly towards the Emu Point Cafe wet shoes in hand!! The exploration of the fish traps was much easier but no less interesting. Her delight in nature was infectious and we are all the richer for it. My love and sympathy to you all Sue Monger xo
Nicole Taylor and Peter
April 3, 2020 10:06 pm
To Patties Family Thinking of you and all your family on this saddest of days as you pay tribute to your wonderful Mum. Pattie inspired and encouraged all of us to be nearer to nature. Sending our love to you all Nic and Peter xx
Jill Moir
April 3, 2020 10:02 pm
To Patties Family This is not the conventional way of expressing my sympathies but its not conventional times! My warm thoughts are with you all....such a shock and dear Pattie will be sorely missed. Our mothers were good friends and Ruth was very sad today. She sends her best wishes. Hopefully we can meet somehow before too long and toast a beautiful lady. My love Jill xx
Oilly Peter Ragg
April 3, 2020 9:56 pm
To Patties Family Penny let me know last Friday that your Mum had passed away. We just wanted to say how sorry we are for you and all your clan. I feel so lucky to have seen Pattie again just in July 2019 whilst visiting Wilyun Pools Farm. Love and condolences, Oilly Peter Ragg
Brenda and Terry Taylor
April 3, 2020 9:52 pm
Dear Penny, Sam, Jim, Sylvia and Kylie, With love at this sad time. We admired Pattie and Russell from the time we first met them at Scotch College and PLC - the way they raised you to be so responsible and independent so as you could live together in Cottesloe to further your education. Pattie was always smiling and lifted our spirits! May her strength sustain you all now. A coincidence?? On the Saturday before Patties death we sold the surf cat that badly let the Leighton team down in the Cape Riche Pentathalon with its sail malfunction. With deepest sympathy, Brenda and Terry and the Taylor Family.
John and Barbara Mitchell
April 3, 2020 9:45 pm
To All Patties Lovely Family Thinking of you with deepest sympathy. A sudden and very sad loss of an amazing and beautiful woman. Wishing you all our sympathy. God Bless Barbara and John Mitchell and all the family
Deb & Morgan
April 3, 2020 8:44 pm
To Penny and Mick, Sylvia & Peter and the rest of the Leighton clan, Our sincere condolences on your loss. Pattie was an amazing woman and she has left a wonderful legacy in her children and grandchildren. We were truly blessed to have such a strong role model in the Wellstead community. Love to you all.
Doreen and Bill O'Meara
April 3, 2020 3:14 pm
It is very hard to describe the huge contribution Pattie made to Wellstead and the wider community. I first got to know her when I was a young mum entrusting her first born to kindergarten. I soon realised that Pattie recognised the unique nature of each child and that she was a wonderful caring teacher. Her joy and appreciation of the natural world has been shared with us all. The books showcasing the Wellstead district are treasured and she and her fellow contributors have given us lasting joy and memories. Being able to join the Wellstead community walks was especially precious. Lastly, Pattie and Russell's legacy has been a wonderful family who have continued to contribute to society. Deepest Sympathy,
Jennifer Shearer
April 3, 2020 10:13 am
Pattie will be ever remembered for heer connection to her beloved country and community. She especially leaves a living memory in the gentle and inspirational teaching of nature to children and adults alike. A wonderful friend and neighbour for many years at Wellstead, we are saddened by her passing as send our love to all her family. Softly now on every breeze, Pattie. Max and Jennifer Shearer and family
April 3, 2020 8:34 am
To all the Leighton Family So sorry to hear of Pattie’s passing. Her love of the natural world and her ability to encourage people around her to learn and protect the environment was inspiring. Much love Anna and Nick Gorman
Brian and Lynda Tyler
April 2, 2020 8:19 pm
To all the Leighton family, We are so saddened to hear of Patties passing. Such a wonderful person, with many stories to tell and that beautiful smile that always made you feel special. Pattie your life has been amazing and you have given so much of yourself to your family and community. Go in peace lovely lady. With fond memories from all the Tyler family.
Jay and Hannah
April 2, 2020 12:33 pm
To Sylvia, Penny, Sam, Jim & Kylie Sincere condolences on the passing of your beloved mother Pattie. To partners, families and Patties numerous admirers, Pattie has left us with the enduring gift of knowing what it is to be passionate but also kind and gentle. A rare combination. We can all strive to emulate her gift. The last time I saw Pattie she made me feel special as she admired my Eucalyptus Illyarrie and Eucalyptus macrocarpa. Love and peace to all. Jay & Hannah Klinac
Vivienne Gangell
April 2, 2020 8:40 am
To all of the Leighton families , my deep condolence , thoughts and prayers on your loss of Patti . Patti ‘s kind, gentle and sparkling personality was a blessing . I was so glad to see her on the beach in the last 6 months and have a chat. I will always remember Patti fondly and feel fortunate to have grown up next door on the farm. I loved visiting from a young child playing to a teen joining in on the days work, especially sitting having morning tea. Patti was so kind inviting me and including me in things. Her love of nature, people , community and history was inspiring. I was fortunate to be taken up in Russell’s plane one day.to have a birds eye view of our farms and the coast nearby . I know Mum and Dad had a deep regard for Russell and Patti. The early pioneering yrs and forging a life on the land creating a special bond. She always cared about others ‘ journeys , and sharing her insights and will be deeply missed. Vivienne xx
Andrew Nicholson
April 1, 2020 11:50 am
To the Leighton family We were part of the Welstead community for five years in the 90's and Pattie represented all that was good about our time there. Bright ,sparkly, fiercely intelligent, compassionate, hard working as pioneering folk often are and a great sense of connection to land, family and community. A true treasure. Our love to you all Andrew, Andrew, Asha and Lia Nicholson
Dorothy and Redmond Hickey
April 1, 2020 10:57 am
To all of Pattie's children, their spouses, and her grandchildren: Our heartfelt sympathy to you all, in the loss of Pattie loving, warm, and devoted Mother and Grandmother. We share your sadness. Pattie had an had an infectious enthusiasms for the wonders of the Bush. Red and I first met her with Russell in the Stirling Ranges, following Jim and Helen's engagement. Our son Luke has always felt a very special bond with her. How we will all miss her! Dorothy and Redmond Hickey
Geoff Rolland
March 31, 2020 11:26 pm
To The Leighton Family I remember Pattie as strong and yet gentle, intelligent and ever the teacher, though never ceasing her owning learning. Such a beautiful human. Pattie always took time to stop and chat wherever we would bump into each other. Such a sad loss, but her legacy will always remain for those to continue the work. Love to you all
Deb Sutherland (nee Perkins)
March 31, 2020 11:24 pm
To All The Leighton Family. I am so sorry to hear of your Mum's passing. She was an amazing lady and I have so many great memories of the times I got to spend on your farm witnessing all she did. My thoughts are with you all
Adele Millard
March 31, 2020 11:17 pm
My sincere condolences to 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
Sarah McNamara
March 31, 2020 9:43 pm
The last time I saw Patti we spent a car journey together, from Wilyun Pools back to Albany. I had the honour of hearing the story Patti was currently writing and also of how very contented and at peace Patti felt with life, spending time on her beloved farm, close to nature and to her extended family. What a gift she has been .... and she leaves many gifts behind for us - stories to read and fine offspring working a very special brand of magic on our planet.
Susan McCabe
March 31, 2020 8:24 pm
I recall Pattie's wide, acceptung smile, the sparkle in her eye and the openness with which I was greeted. In our conversations I felt held and listened to. I found her gracious, curious, exploratory, adventurous, gentle and encouraging. Pattie was generous in her community and her legacy is in the many projects she championed. A humble leader. I feel honoured to have known her.
Lisa and Neil Harrison
March 31, 2020 8:04 pm
Memories of Pattie will always bring a smile. A lovely, gentle and very clever lady. It is such a privilege to have been a (small) part of her life. Our deepest sympathy to all of the family. Lisa, Neil, Sarah and Emilie Harrison
Sarah-Jane Walmsley
March 31, 2020 4:24 pm
Dear cousins. We were so very sorry to hear about Auntie Patties death. She was an amazing woman, such a contradiction of inner strength and gentleness and always so kind and generous to her English nieces. We 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, in her books and on film. She was a gentle legend of a woman and set an example of how to life a life well, to us all. We send condolences and love - Sarah-Jane and Felicity (UK)
Andy & Annie
March 31, 2020 3:25 pm
Dear Penny, Sam, Jim, Sylvia & Kylie, So very sorry for your loss. Extremely difficult circumstances in which to deliver a remote service, but you all did such a wonderful job of sharing with us an incite into the warmth of Pattie's life. We all look forward to re-celebrating her life when our circumstances allow us to join together once again. Take care all of you. Peace be with you all.
Janie Gilmour
March 31, 2020 2:03 pm
Dearest Penny, Sylvia, Kylie, Sam, Jim and families , How sad we are not to be with you all to honour and celebrate Pattie’s amazing life. She was a very fine mentor and friend to so many .Pattie made enormous contributions to the Wellstead community and surrounds, leaving a wonderful legacy. We all have our precious stories. Chris and I are so priveledged to have so many happy memories . Pattie was the first person Chris introduced me to when I moved into Wellstead and amongst the last I worked with on projects before we left. Pattie was always an inspiration and her trademark graciousness, kindness, knowledge and determination will always be remembered. Our deepest sympathy and love to you all. Chris & Janie
Marg Hick
March 31, 2020 12:52 pm
Pattie, an inspiration to all. “Can’t do” wasn’t in your vocabulary. I Charlie always looked forward to coming into Cape Riche on the Leeuwin to participate in the many activities you’d organised for us. Wellstead and all of us are just so enriched by your life. Charlie and Marg Hick
Heather & Robert Fenwick
March 31, 2020 12:38 pm
Pattie was such a kind, gentle and warm lady who we always held in high regard. She was such an integral part of the Wellstead community, doing so much for the H and H as well as raising awareness of the beauty around us on the south coast. She was a good friend to Rae and Bill Fenwick as well as to us, and everyone she knew. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Sincere sympathy to all her family.
Peter & Linda Leighton.
March 31, 2020 12:28 pm
A tribute to "Pattie" our wonderful sister in law. An amazingly talented,thoughtful kind and loving person. So full of life. So caring for her surrounding environment. Our world is going to be very much poorer for her absence. Think we can still hear that gentle voice !! Our love to her very large family.
Elizabeth Pedler
March 31, 2020 11:46 am
A beautiful service with lovely words, it’s clear her spirit continues in her children and grandchildren. Mila Rose, Sylvia - I wish I could be there to give you a hug. Your words evoke Pattie with a stunning sense of clarity and love. I knew Pattie only in her last few months, but even in that brief time her kindness and wisdom came through, and she shared many stories and showed me some special places and plants at Wilyun Pools. Pattie, your determination, strength, and generous spirit are an inspiration, and I feel thankful to have shared these moments with you. Thank you for sharing the service with us who couldn’t be there today. Pattie, your love, strength and wisdom have spread into the world, and will flourish long after you have departed this world. With love, Elizabeth
Verity Gorman
March 31, 2020 9:55 am
Thinking of you all today and sending all my best wishes. I have so many fond memories of Pattie during my time in Wellstead. She was a wealth of knowledge and I always loved school trips that involved her teaching us about native flora and fauna. What an amazing woman! Xo
Michael and Margaret Gorman
March 31, 2020 7:41 am
Dear Penny, and Mick , Sam and Jenny , Jim and Helen, Sylvia and Peter, Kylie and Brendan and the entire Leighton extended Family . Our hearts are very heavy today as we farewell Pattie a wonderful Mother, Grandmother and dear friend to so many people.There are no words that could ever adequately describe how unique and special Pattie was.We have so much to remember her by and thank her for. As an original member of the Wellstead Community she has left an amazing legacy and was a legend in her own very quiet determined way. She will be greatly missed. But every time we breathe in the scent of her beloved bush or bathe in the light of a glorious sunset or feel invigorated by the the sea breezes against our faces Pattie’s spirt will live on in our hearts. Forever. Much love Michael and Margaret Gorman
Kim Hawgood
March 31, 2020 7:17 am
Sending so much love to our precious cousins in WA. I have such happy, fond memories of Pattie – from my overwhelming pride every time I read “Flippy the Tadpole” to adventures on the farm and singing together in Fiji and Alice Springs. I am so glad my middle name is Patricia. Thinking of you all today and with you in spirit. Kim xx
Brenda and Terry Taylor, Mark and Nicol
March 31, 2020 12:09 am
We are saddened to learn of Pattie's passing and will hold fond memories always of Russell and Patti. Thinking of you Penny, Sam, Jim, Sylvia and Kylie as you farewell your beautiful Mother, a gentle and very talented lady.
Joyce Hall & Colin Mundy
March 30, 2020 11:48 pm
Our love and thoughts go out to all of you. Pattie has been both friend and mentor. Her deep love of and pride in her family and friends ran alongside her exploration of the land that nurtured her and became her spiritual home. She opened the eyes of many people, young and old to the beauty and intricacy of the natural landscape, inhabited as it was, with flora, fauna and the aura of those who had walked the land before her. She drew me along on her journey with Wedgie and for me Wedgie became her totem, flying high over the land between the mountains and the sea. Whenever I see a wedge-tailed eagle my thoughts go to her. We'll miss you, fly free Pattie. Love Joyce and Colin
Jill Davies
March 30, 2020 10:19 pm
To Patties Family I have been thinking of you all so much ... with great smiles for Pattie and the sunshine she brought to the lives of everyone she encountered ... and with great sadness for all of you for your terrible loss. You have been forced to endure so much together as a family in the last 12 months and I'm so so sorry for your loss. The hole that is left in our hearts when a parent leaves us is indescribable. But at least the happy memories gradually outgrow the hole. Big hugs and much love to you all, Jill xxoo
Sylvia Selveratnum
March 30, 2020 10:17 pm
To Patties Family My heartfelt sympathy to you all. It is so unexpected, but that's all part of the life journey, especially at our age. anything is possible. So sorry I will not be able to see her off, but my thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love xxx. Sylvia Selveratnum
Lisa Lee bone (nee Gorman)
March 30, 2020 10:16 pm
To Patties Family My sympathy to you all. I have fond memories of the mammal trapping down behind our farm with your mum. It is something I will never forget. Seeing all those little animals was just the best.
Deb Selveratnum and family
March 30, 2020 10:14 pm
To Patties Family Just wanted to send our condolences to you all at this sad time. We will miss Pattie very much. It was always nice to pop in and have a chat with her. We are here for you if there is anything we can do. Sending you all love, Debs, Matt, Ben, Andrew and Ann.
Maureen and Ray Lock
March 30, 2020 10:12 pm
To Patties Family Our Deepest Sympathy to you all. Your mother was someone I always held in high esteem. When I was younger I was always amazed at what a capable and adventurous woman she was. I never spent a lot of time with her but when I did I always really enjoyed her company. Ray and I send you all a big hug. Take care ❤ Maureen
Ben & Ash Marshman
March 30, 2020 5:50 pm
So sad to hear of Pattie's passing. We feel so blessed to have been able to spend time with her and all of her beautiful family during our trips to WA. Pattie had such a lovely way of making us feel like we had always been a part of her family and we always left feeling brighter for spending time with her. Sending all our love and wishing we could be there to celebrate Pattie with you all!! Ben and Ash Xx
David Ellett
March 30, 2020 3:05 pm
Pattie's really was a very special person. I have very fond early memories as my Kindergarten teacher - circa 1968 Pattie was such an enthusiastic kind person. I remember as a child of aprx 6 yrs old, going up bluff knoll when it was snowing, sleeping on the back of a truck at a local dance, the whistle of the wind in the roof of the shed on a cold windy night, having a bath out in the open - all fantastic memories. Pattie's sense for the conservation of nature was way ahead or her time. She made an enormous contribution to the Wellstead community through the aspects of history and nature of the area. Pattie was a person who imparted a great positive influence to those around her and the world in general. I will always have truly fond memories of my involvement with Pattie. Regards David, Rhoda, Lisa Maree and the Ellett family
Robyn Stoney
March 30, 2020 2:54 pm
Pattie was an inspiration regarding the Wellstead Historical and Heritage activities. From our "Wellstead, the Story of a District" history to the surveys of birds, mammals, banksias, acacias and eucalypts; Geology of the Wellstead District and the following publications of booklets. The taxidermy and displays; the walk trail on Konkoborup/Mt Mellville at Cape Riche and various plaques. Projects often instigated by Pattie with some quiet suggestion followed up by gentle perseverance. It was a pleasure and privilege to work on projects with Pattie, she had amazing knowledge and love of our environment. Those wonderful community bush walks along the coast and Pallinup River or parts of the Stirling Range. Pattie's love of nature flowed through into the books that she wrote. A quiet achiever. It was always a pleasure to travel with Pattie, she was so proud of all her family. You will be greatly missed at WH&H, at bookclub and in the community, Pattie. Love to all the family.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 Basil
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. Bruce
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
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
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
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
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. Rachel Xxxxoxoxox
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. Best Frank
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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

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