Patricia M Timmons-Rockey
Apr 30, 1965 – Apr 26, 2019
Patti Rockey passed suddenly and without warning while napping Friday afternoon, April 26, just four days shy of her 54th birthday. Her family has been shocked and is beyond saddened with the loss of their wife and mother so suddenly.
Patti was born in Tacoma, WA, raised in Des Moines, WA and graduated high school from John F Kennedy Memorial HS (now Kennedy Catholic) in 1983, where she was a leader in her class. She went on to attend Gonzaga University for one year, before transferring to and graduating from Seattle University. She started her working life at King County, before moving on to Boeing in 1989, where she had a long, fulfilling and successful career. It was at Boeing where she first met her future husband Jeff, both working on Boeing’s development of the Longacres site, and they married in May of 1993.
Patti was a big personality with an unbelievable work ethic and an even bigger heart. Professionally, she was a leader who was process driven; there was the right way – the Patti Way – to do things and any other way was simply wrong. She could be exacting, humorous, demanding all at the same time, as the situation may call for. She could be intimidating at times, and yet had a way of bringing out the best in people.
In her personal life, Patti had a way of connecting with most everyone she met, typically finding herself in the center of conversation, whether with old friends or newly introduced strangers. She wore her heart on her sleeve – she once had the nickname Passionate Patti - and held her friendships near and dear to her; if you were a friend, you were a friend for life and she would do anything for you. The outpouring of sympathy and support from family, friends and co-workers has been remarkable and means more than they may realize or understand. She touched a lot of lives.
Patti suffered from chronic health issues over many years, including polycystic kidney disease (PKD) and skin cancers. Her family often voiced that Patti was the toughest person they knew as she refused to let her health issues get in the way of her work or her life.
Patti loved her family dearly and her children were her universe, precious to her in every way; she was so proud of them and would do anything for them. She was so looking forward to their graduations this spring, Megan from Western Washington University and Andrew from Kennedy Catholic. While we know she will be in attendance in spirit, she will be sorely missed at the ceremonies.
Patti is survived by her husband of almost 26 years, Jeff, their two children, Megan Marie and Andrew Cosmo, and her siblings – sister Theresa Timmons, and brothers Matt Timmons and Joe (Heidi) Timmons, along with numerous in-laws, nephews and nieces, all of whom will miss her dearly.
A special thanks to all of the medical providers who have helped Patti over the years, some of whom are very dear to her.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donations in Patti’s memory to the Polycystic Kidney Foundation, Skin Cancer Foundation or charity of choice.
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