Patricia Chiles SCHLABES, a fourth generation of the pioneering Chiles family of Davis, California, died October, 22, 2008 at age 79. She was born August 17, 1929 in Woodland, California, the youngest child of William Earl Chiles and Olga Ketelsen. Patricia graduated from Davis High School in 1947 and attended Sacramento City College where she was a "Pioneer Day" Queen. She married Walter "Whitey" Schlabes on September 2, 1951.
Patricia was a passionate historian of her Chiles family. She compiled pioneer biographies and helped prepare the manuscript of the book, "Davisville '68," with author and longtime friend Joann Leach Larkey. She served many years as a 4-H leader, was active in the Sacramento Pioneer Association, Yolo County Historical Society, Hattie Weber Museum of Davis, and St. James Catholic Church. Pat was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, neighbor and friend who touched the lives of everyone she met. She was the picture of vibrancy and always had a ready smile and a special sparkle in her eye that let everyone know she took an interest in them and how she genuinely cared. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Whitey Schlabes; daughter Nancy Douglas and her husband Marc of Davis and their daughter Jennifer; sons, Jim and his wife Coleen of Winters and their daughter Jasmine; Bill and his wife Ann of West Sacramento and their children Crystal, Anna, Corrine, Ryan and Samantha, and one great-granddaughter, Sophia. Interment was at Davis Cemetery. Donations may be made in Pat Chiles Schlabes memory to the Hattie Weber Museum of Davis, 445 C Street, Davis, CA 95616 or St. James Catholic Church, 1275 B Davis, CA 95616.