Francis Pat Haggerty White

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Francis “Pat” Haggerty White was born Aug. 26, 1934 in Portland, Oregon. The bill for her birth and two-week hospital stay with her mother was $99.08. He older brother’s birth cost $101.98. When asked about the difference in cost, she simply said, “Mother required more drugs to give birth to my brother.”

Pat grew up in the Portland neighborhood of NE 74th and Sandy Blvd. She attended Gregory Heights Elementary School until eighth grade when her family moved to Lake Oswego. Until the first Lake Oswego High School was built, she attended Lincoln High in Portland. At Lake Oswego High, she was student body treasurer and a member of the first graduating class of 1954.

Her summers were spent on the family wheat and cattle ranch (Piney Hollow) in High Valley, Oregon outside of Union. The ranch was homesteaded in the mid 1800’s, making Pat a fifth generation Oregonian. It is here where Pat developed her love for animals and the great outdoors. The family took annual pack trips into the Wallowa Wilderness.

She attended the University of Oregon and was a member of the Gamma Phi Beta Sorority until her marriage to Donald Sump in 1954. Early married life took them to Quantico, Virginia; Oceanside, California; and eventually to Kaneohe, Hawaii where she would spend time on the beach baby-sitting future NPR Anchor, Renee’ Montagne. Her first daughter was born in the Territory of Hawaii.


By the time she was 28, Pat was a mother of four hooligans, three girls and a boy. The family lived in many Oregon communities: Corvallis, Pendleton, Hermiston, Klamath Falls, Eugene and Boise, Idaho, She collected friends for life all along the way. The family eventually landed in Canby, Oregon.

In 1977, Pat returned to college and completed an education degree. She taught third and fourth grade in the Canby School District for 15 years. Pat had a strong connection to many students and continued to nurture these relationships for life. Her closest colleagues became known as the “Beach Beauties” and held annual retreats for many years. In 1994, she retired from teaching and married Fred White. 

They moved to Red Lodge, Montana in 1996 where she enthusiastically immersed herself into the community. For many years Pat was a volunteer and served on the Board of the Carbon County Historical Society. She was a “Church Lady” at the Calvary Episcopal Church, and the self-appointed President of the Dr. Bill George Fan Club. Her beloved home, Aspen Camp, became a gathering place for family and a playground for grandchildren. 

Pat was always up for adventure. Whether it was cycling in Holland with her friend Tineke, driving the back roads of Australia and New Zealand with Fred, singing in a pub in Ireland, cycling down the Beartooth Highway or digging for dinosaur bones, she was never bored. She traveled with both her children and grandchildren instilling the same sense of adventure and curiosity.

Upon learning that her days were numbered, she told her Doctor, “It really doesn’t matter. If I live to be 100, I still will not have completed everything on my “To Do” list”.

She leaves behind many friends and a very large family, of which she is extremely proud. She is survived by her husband Fred White, aunt Carol Haggerty, sister-in-law Mimi Haggerty, cousin Marsha Dennis, daughters Shauna Kennedy (Mark), Shelley Sump Wyllie (Kelly), Diedre Hess (Randy), son Damon Sump (Colleen), Stepsons Patrick White, Michael White, grandchildren: Mihail Kennedy (Rachel), Moira Kennedy (Jesse), Shea Kennedy, Killian Sump, Riley Sump, Delaney Sump, Sarah Hess, Liza Hess, Graham White, Dexter White, Gabby White, and a great granddaughter Elsa Kennedy. She also leaves behind her beloved dogs, Hugo and Roxy.

Her family thanks Beartooth Hospice and Chris and Tammy for their care and compassion.

Per her wishes, her remains will be spread “Somewhere where it will never be paved”.  So, it looks like Pat has one more backpacking trip in her future.

A “Celebration of Life” will be held later this year once her family can clear the snow off the patio and break out the patio furniture. Details to follow.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donations in her honor to one of the following organizations: 

-Carbon County Historical Society, 224 Broadway Ave N, Red Lodge, MT 59068

-Union County Museum, 333 South Main Street, Union, OR 97883

-The Nature Conservancy