Patricia June McGrady Lanchbury


(Mar. 11, 2001)

Funeral services will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 17 at St. Barbara's Catholic Church in Powell for Patricia June McGrady Lanchbury, 73, who lost the battle to ovarian cancer Sunday, March 11.

Her family affirms: She was born, she lived, and while she lived, she loved and was loved and throughout all of life, she laughed.

Born on June 4, 1927, in Billings, Mont., she was the daughter of James A. and Grace (Luckow) McGrady. She was educated in the Billings public and parochial schools.

On Dec. 17, 1942, she married John Lanchbury, Jr. in Seattle, Wash. They lived and worked in Poplar, Mont., for a number of years, then returned to Eagles Nest west of Powell. The marriage lasted 43 years until his death in 1986. To this union were born three children, James Lawrence, Jay Edward and Melody Lee.

She loved to read and do arts and crafts, was a member of many organizations and worked at a variety of jobs from waitress to cook to her last job as office manager at the Barrows Co. in Ralston. She took great pride in her Irish heritage and preserving the family history of Eagles Nest, an old stage station between Powell and Cody. Her children will preserve that tradition. Jay Lanchbury continues to live on the ranch at Eagles Nest.

Survivors include son Jay Lanchbury and wife Carol of Ralston; daughter Melody Deyle and husband David of Laurel, Mont.; two granddaughters that she raised, Jamie Lanchbury Bryan and Misty Lanchbury Hayden, both of Billings; 12 other grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; a brother, Jim McGrady and wife Elaine of New Berlin, Wis.; and numerous nieces and nephews. Also special to her and John and were Nanci Bergman, her husband Mike and family, of Edgewood, N.M., who became members of the Lanchbury family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John; her son, James (Larry); a sister, Lucille Hunt; a brother, Carl Darrow; and three grandsons and a granddaughter.

Memorials may be sent to Big Sky Hospice, Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch or a charity of choice.