Patricia(Pat) Elzinga was called to her heavenly home on May 11, 2018. Pat was born on July 5, 1960, in Goshen, NY, to Garry and Julia (VanderPloeg) Elzinga. In August of 1966, the family moved to Ferrisburgh, VT. Pat graduated from Vergennes Union High in 1978, and from Dordt College, in Sioux Center, IA, in 1982, with a degree in Agri-Business. She was employed in various capacities, at Georgia-Pacific, FHA/FSA in Middlebury and St. Albans, VT. In 2000, she moved to Alexandria, VA where she has been a senior loan officer with the USDA until her passing.
Although born legally blind, it never defined her. Pat was fiercely independent, and had an uninhibited curiosity that fueled many adventures! She had an unquenchable thirst for knowledge, reading voraciously every day. Her bicycle was a vital part of her life. She traveled extensively, and was never afraid to try anything new. She was loyal to those she loved.
Pat was predeceased by her parents and her sister, Wanda Holbrook. She is survived by her sisters, Grace Elzinga, Betty(Bert) Dykshoorn, Tena Elzinga, and brother-in-law, Bill Holbrook. Also surviving her are two nieces, Julie(Joseph) Mekhayel, Caitlin Veldkamp, two nephews, Oliver Holbrook and Theo Elzinga, a great nephew, Wyatt Reitz, and two great nieces, Mckenna Reitz and Rowan Mekhayel. She is also survived by several aunts, uncles, and many cousins, friends, and co-workers.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Alexandria Presbyterian Church, 2405 Russell Road, Alexandria, VA 22301 or World Renew, 1700 28th St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508
A memorial service will be held at the Alexandria Presbyterian Church, 1302 W. Braddock Rd location, at 11 AM, Saturday May 19. A reception will follow the service. A second memorial service will be held in Vermont at a later date.