Obituary of Patricia Goldsworth
On Tuesday, June 27, 2023, Patricia “Pat” Goldsworth, passed away peacefully at the age of 92. Pat was known for being a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt, great aunt and friend, and we are so lucky to have had her in our lives. She was a gracious and generous person, and everyone enjoyed her dry sense of humor and witty conversation. She had a long and rewarding life filled with family and friends.
Pat was born on May 27, 1931 in the Athmar Park neighborhood of Denver, Colorado to Roy and Hazel Kaufman. She graduated from South High School in Denver in 1949 and completed a year of nursing school at St. Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing before moving on to work at an insurance agency in downtown Denver. Throughout her life, Pat was always close with her older sister Emily Louise “Lou”. Growing up in the 1930s and 1940’s, the two sisters loved playing in their extensive yard, ice skating on the neighborhood pond with their neighborhood friends and taking the streetcar downtown to the malt shop and movie theaters. They often recounted the many fun times and adventures they had with their mother’s sisters, Aunt Jess and Aunt Jo, who were both nurses at Boulder Valley Hospital. Trips to the Malzacher family farm in Nebraska and hosting Nebraska relatives in Denver were highlights of her childhood memories. Close their entire lives, Pat and Lou enjoyed daily phone conversations, spending leisure time together, car and train trips, and volunteering together.
In 1951, Pat married her high school sweetheart, Gene Goldsworth, and soon after the couple moved to Oklahoma City, where Gene served in the Air Force during the Korean war. After his service, Pat and Gene returned to Denver, and Gene, trained as glass glazier, eventually started his own commercial glazing company, Metropolitan Glass, in 1964. Pat supported Gene’s career, and became a mother, homemaker and hostess.
Following the birth of their two daughters, Diane and Susan, the family moved to Arvada in 1960. Pat devoted her time to home management and raising her daughters, caring for her own aging parents, her two aunts who lived in Boulder and helping other extended family and in-laws. Pat took pride in having a beautiful, well-tended home and yard, and hosted many neighborhood and family gatherings. During the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, Gene’s business interests expanded and the couple often attended and hosted a variety of business and Kiwanis related travel and events. Industrious and creative throughout her life, Pat designed and oversaw the construction of a new family residence at Hyatt Lake which would become her much loved home for the next fifty years.
During the mid-1970’s, Gene and Pat parted ways, and Pat embarked on new personal and professional interests. She trained as a Florist and worked in flower and plant shops, and she also worked for several catering services. She helped establish home crafted pottery businesses with both of her daughters, and later enjoyed volunteering, spending time with her grandchildren, neighbors and friends. Pat was interested in current world and local events, and she enjoyed time spent reading newspaper articles online, and perusing the Internet. She enjoyed Bridge and all types of card games, and she was an avid reader and library patron.
Pat cared deeply for her family, friends and neighbors. She was always the first to offer help, and she was always available to listen and lend a helping hand. As a mother and grandmother, Pat was a bright light of encouragement and support for each of her daughters and grandchildren. She had unconditional love and acceptance for each child, and made them a priority in her life. She was never too busy or distracted to support an endeavor, attend a performance, play a game or just listen and chat.
Pat was preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Hazel Kaufman, and her daughter Diane Lammers. She is survived by her daughter Susan Arrance (and son-in-law Elvin Arrance), her four grandsons, Kit Lammers (and Heather Lammers), Cody Lammers (and Danielle Lammers), Andy Arrance and Austin Arrance, great grandchildren Grace, Kenzie and Colton Lammers, her sister Emily “Lou” Martin, niece Jan Nevers (and Steve Nevers), grandniece Rachel Nevers.
The family will celebrate Pat at a private graveside ceremony. Reception for friends and family TBA.