Patricia S. Guild, 87, of Medford, and formerly of Trail, died April 4, 2009 at her home from pancreatic cancer.
Born Aug. 2, 1921, in Chicago, Ill., to Alice (Christopher) and William R. Smyth, she attended Lake Forest University, Northwestern University and the University of California Santa Barbara. She worked as a recreation therapist for the Veterans Administration, ran community centers for the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Navy and was a Civilian Training and Development officer for the last 12 years of her career with the Air Force.
Patricia moved from Illinois to New Mexico, then to Guam,and to
California before settling in the Rogue Valley in 1972. She lived for
25 years in Trail and moved to the Rogue Valley Manor in 1997.
On Oct. 29, 1960 she married Charles True Guild.
was a community activist and a staunch supporter of human rights. She
was a member of the Boards of Directors of the Human Rights Coalition
of Jackson County and the local Boys and Girls Club. She was a founding
member of the Medford City Communication Advisory committee and the
Wildflower Association of Shady Cove. Patricia work with the
Multicultural Association of Southern Oregon, the Friends of Shady Cove
Library, Friends of Medford Library and the League of Women Voters.
was also an avid bridge player, co-authored a cookbook entitled "Very
Berry" with friend Judy Steadman, and greatly enjoyed cooking and
She is survived by her nieces and nephews,
Betty Daley, Wendy Smyth, Christopher Smyth, Donald Smyth, Rob Noble
and Thomas Noble, her extended family members, Maggie Groves, "velcro
grandchildren" Virginia and Michele Groves, and many great friends.
was preceded in death by her husband Charles (Chuck) in August of 1990,
a sister, Marjorie Smyth Noble and a brother, Richard Smyth.
are invited to join a celebration of Patricia’s life on May 16, at the
Rogue Valley Manor Skyline Plaza Rogue room, 1 Skyline Plaza, Medford,
from 4-6 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made toward
the establishment of the Patricia S. Guild Library Fund with checks
made to The Oregon Community Foundation, 1221 S.W. Yamhill, Suite 100,
Portland, OR 97205, memo line- Patricia S. Guild Library Fund; or to
the Rogue Valley Manor Foundation’s Fairy Godmother Fund, checks made
to Rogue Valley Manor Foundation, 1200 Mira Mar Ave., Medford, OR
97504, memo line: Fairy Godmother Fund.
For details on the celebration or contributions, call 301-2797.