Patsy (McLaughry) Port Christopher
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Patsy (McLaughry) Port Christopher

Living is an Adventure

On February 8, 2019, Patsy Port Christopher died in Salem, Oregon at the age of 71. Since early 2017, Patsy had been battling a rare form of blood cancer that had attacked her central nervous system. She refused to let the cancer control her life. Instead, she let her constant desire to see beyond the next horizon be her guiding principal.

Patsy was born and raised in Houston, Texas, to Paul and Helen Port. Her love of skiing and the mountains took her to the University of Colorado where she met her future husband, Chuck Christopher. Following college, they moved to the Chicago area so that Chuck could go to seminary. In 1971, they returned to Colorado, this time with their baby daughter Shannon.

They stayed in Colorado for the next 20 years, living in four different communities. During that time, a second daughter, Megan came into their life. In those years, Patsy worked in a variety of part time positions. The most rewarding for her though were the years she spent as a volunteer for local hospice organizations. That instilled a deep love for caring that would eventually lead her to nursing school.

In 1991, they moved once again, this time to central Washington where Patsy received her nursing degree. In the years that followed she held positions in a private practice, a plastic surgery center, a dialysis center, an assisted living facility as director of nursing and a private compounding pharmacy where she was an infusion nurse. Above all, however, were the positions she held with Planned Parenthood in Washington, southern and central Oregon.

Patsy and Chuck's pursuit of horizons led them to southern Oregon because a most precious gift had come into their lives: their granddaughter, Cassidy. Cassidy became a constant source of joy.

Patsy and Chuck had recently moved from central Oregon to Silverton, Oregon, to be closer to their daughter Megan. Yet, that didn't dampen Patsy's vision for distant horizons! Together, they drew up their bucket list and went for it! Unfortunately, the list was longer than the time she had left with us, yet we know she'll be with us as we continue to honor the list! Although she's now crossed a final horizon, one all of us will encounter, she is constantly present because the love she shared is now perfect and it gives life to all who knew her.

A service of celebration for Patsy will be held at Sunriver Christian Fellowship, Sunriver, OR, on Saturday, March 23 at 11:00 AM (meeting in Holy Trinity Catholic Church on Cottonwood Drive). In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the International Waldenstrom's Macroglobulinemia Foundation; Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon, Ashland Health Center; Sunriver Christian Fellowship, 18143 Cottonwood Road PMB 266, Sunriver, OR 97707. You can find further information and links for all of these at:

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Published in the Mail Tribune
on March 9, 2019
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