Patricia Mae Coffman
March 24, 1961 – June 19, 2020
Beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend
Patty Jenda (Coffman/Caver), passed away on Friday, June 19, 2020 at Adventist Medical Center in Portland, Oregon from a brain aneurysm. Her final breaths were taken holding the hand of her husband and surrounded by her children. The room was filled with love as she made her way to the next life at the young age of 59.
Patty was born March 24, 1961 in Portland, Oregon and immediately taken in by her adoptive parents Leo L. Jenda and Evelyn Nell Jenda (Gertenson). She was baptized in the Catholic Church in December of 1962, attended Saint Peter’s Catholic school, and graduated from David Douglas High School in1979. Patty was a sister, mother, and wife with a deep love for cooking and all things edible. She was a natural born nurturer who was fulfilled by taking care of others, especially if it was with food. She was known to whip up delicious meals for her family, friends, neighbors, landscapers and anyone else who stopped by the house. Her love for providing to those who needed an extra hand wasn’t something she did for recognition, but for a personal understanding and immense compassion for the world at large.
Patty made it a habit to make sandwiches and collect blankets and hand warmers to pass out to the homeless. Helping others was a part of who she was and the many that had the honor of knowing her, understood that. With a secret love of expression through written word and poetry, Patty left many memories and inner thoughts on scraps of paper or empty envelopes around her home. Her experiences were plentiful and her understanding of life was deep. She was known for her sharp mind and even sharper whit. But above all, she was known for her ability to have fun and live in the moment. Her children were her pride and joy, and her grandchildren added to that deep love for her family.
Patty is preceded in death by her parents Leo and Evelyn Jenda of Portland, Oregon. She is survived by her brothers, Paul and Scott Jenda, sister Sharalee Jenda, husband LaShaun Caver, children Derek Sheldon, Joey (wife Jayme) and Kevin Coffman, step-children Jacobey and Jesseca Caver, grandchildren Madison and Claire Coffman (Parents: Joey/Jayme, twins, age 3), nephews Jeremy and Jason Gattman and Jay Stark, as well as several more extended family.
A private funeral service will be held on Friday, July 3, 2020 at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Portland, Oregon with a procession to Lincoln Memorial Cemetery for graveside service where Patty will be put to rest. The service will be followed by an open wake for extended family and friends from 3-6pm at the home she shared with her husband LaShaun for over 18 years.
Friday, July 3, 2020
Patricia Mae Coffman
July 2, 2020
Patty and I were in the same class at David Douglas HS. I knew who she was but never hung out together. Then one night her and Leshaun came to the bar I was working at.and. we both recognized each other from high school and became friends. I feel lucky to have known Patty. She was a wonderful person. Truly cared about humanity.
Love and miss you
June 30, 2020
Had the opportunity to have you both here in SoCal. We had a great time. May she RIP
June 30, 2020
Will never forget meeting her for the first time and realizing that we both knew her mother Evelyn Jenda, Chris and Jeremy Gattman. It was an instant friendship.
Also will never forget the catfish fry La Shaun and Patty hosted for Maureen's fathers birthday a couple years ago.
Our thoughts and prayers for all of her family and friends.
Ben and Maureen, Harris.
June 30, 2020
Patty told me she was going to make some chicken "pate" for me a couple of days before she passed. Said she would throw it together in about 10 minutes. I said, "I don't think so, it's already been 5 minutes". I told her I would drop some light bulbs off around the corner and call to see if it was ready. When I was done with the bulbs, I called. Lashaun said, "Yeah, it's ready. Come get it." I head over there expecting to pick up some chicken liver pate and there's a big tray full of something. I thought, "That's a lot of pate." I got it home and opened it up and it wasn't chicken liver pate, it was chicken pad Thai! Pate; pad Thai. I called Lashaun and told him to tell her that it's pad Thai, not pate. We laughed and laughed. Miss you Pad Thai Pate Patty.
June 29, 2020
To my cousin Patty, I wish we would have had that chance to get together for lunch. It has been so many years since I have seen you. May you rest in peace. Love, Michele
Kathy Speer Brunkow
June 28, 2020
she was a wonderful person she was a very close friend of mine when we were kids I lost touch with her in the past so sorry for your loss