Patricia Mary Alice Barrett, age 74 of Algonquin, Illinois, passed away peacefully with her loving family by her side on Tuesday February 4, 2014 in Elgin, Illinois. Patricia was born in Chicago on December 3, 1939 to John and Alice (Driscoll) Ekstrom. Patricia was proceeded in death by her parents and her beloved brother, Jim Ekstrom.

Patricia was a devoted and loving mother to Deborah and Mark (Carol) Barrett. She was an adoring grandma to Nicole (1LT Jacob) Baldwin and Tyler Barrett and loved them beyond measure. She was a dear sister-in-law to Evie Ekstrom and cherished aunt to Eric (Kelly) Ekstrom. And she had a special place in her heart for her great-nieces Alyssa and Kylie.

Patti, as she was known by her friends, had a fiery personality and a great enthusiasm for life. She worked for years as a cashier at Hackney’s and was the person everyone came in to see because of her beautiful smile and warm welcome. When she moved to Algonquin, she had the chance to be in that position again at Port Edwards, from where she retired. Besides her love for anything that sparkled, her next favorite thing was to play cards with the girls weekly. She looked forward to those days so much! Over the years when she began to struggle with her health, the one thing that kept her going was getting “out of here so I can go play cards!” She will be greatly missed by “the girls” that she loved so dearly.

Visitation will be Saturday, February 15, 2014 starting at 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM with services starting at 1:00 PM. Interment will be private.

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