Patricia Ann Maddox, a 40-year resident of Steamboat Springs, died peacefully at the Collier Hospice Center in Denver on Nov. 11, 2011. She leaves all five of her children: Thom and Bob Maddox and Mary Robards, of Steamboat Springs; Jeff Maddox, of Edwards; and Sam Maddox Jr., of Westlake Village, Calif. She has seven grandchildren who called her “Amah”: Max and Madeline, of California; Samantha and Nathan, of Edwards; Aaron, of Walden; Hunter, of Billings, Mont.; and Sam Robards, who is attending college in Boulder. She has one great-grandson: Charlie, of Walden. Her husband, Sam, died in 1993. She is survived by her sister Mary Allen, of Harrison, Ark.
Pat and Sam Maddox started coming to Steamboat Springs through the marketing efforts of the Middle Park Land and Cattle Co. in the late 1960s and were able to move to Steamboat in 1975 when they purchased Steamboat Travel in the old Harbor Hotel from Eldon Brumett.
After more than 15 years of operation, Steamboat Travel was sold to Ben Hambleton, and then became Stalker Tour and Travel and eventually was merged into Steamboat Central Reservations. Pat and Sam bought one of Curt Weiss’ first projects: a home on The Boulevard where they lived for 20 years until Pat moved to Baltimore and then Boulder for a period of time before returning for good to Steamboat in 1999. She was a resident in the Mountain View Manor on Oak Street until her death.
Patricia Ann Evers was born in 1926 in Los Angeles, where her parents worked in Bing Crosby’s household staff. Pat’s mother was a Scottish immigrant, arriving in the U.S. as a small child. Her dad was the son of an Irish immigrant whose family fled the Irish Potato Famine, arriving in New York in the 1840s. Her grandfather was an Irish cop in New York City in the late 1800s. Prior to Pat’s birth, her father tried his luck in the Klondike Gold Rush but was home within a year. At age 3, her family moved “home” to Briarcliff, N.Y., where she went to school and grew up.
At age 18, Pat boarded a train in New York City and came to the University of Colorado Boulder (she had never been there before) where she was enrolled as a freshman. She told stories about skiing at Berthoud Pass and Winter Park in 1944-45. From that point on, Colorado was her home. In 1947, she married dashing Air Force officer Sam Maddox, who was a student in the College of Business. Sam was from the Mississippi Delta, having grown up near Clarksdale. Almost immediately, they started what was to be a big family: five kids (the youngest being the only girl). Pat spent the next 30 years focused on raising this big group — no small task raising four boys (and one girl) in the ’60s!
Pat reveled in the opportunities to travel that her travel agency brought, with many trips to Europe, South America, Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. She made more than 30 trips abroad throughout the years, many with one or more of her kids. She was an expert seamstress and knitter, and she loved embroidery and needle point and achieved the master gardener designation. She was a volunteer in day surgery at the Yampa Valley Medical Center and an active member of the Holy Name Parish.
Following a funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Nov. 21 at Holy Name Catholic Church in Steamboat Springs, interment will be at the Steamboat Springs Cemetery. At Pat’s request, memorial donations may be made to the Holy Name Building Fund, P.O. Box 774198, Steamboat Springs CO 80477.