Obituary: Patricia Theresa Slevin


Patricia Theresa Slevin


Patricia (Pat) Theresa Slevin (Suddick), 88, of Ferndale, WA, passed away peacefully after a long illness on December 28, 2023, at the Whatcom Hospice House in Bellingham, WA. On the day of Pat’s passing, she was surrounded by family and friends; with her sons standing at her side as she drew her last breath and passed from this life to the arms of God. Patricia was born on January 31, 1935, to Howard and Opal Suddick (Phillips), in Omaha, Nebraska, the second child of four children.

Pat moved to Birch Bay, WA, in 1973 where she and her husband, Joe, purchased their first restaurant: The Beach Boy Drive-In. After several years The Beach Boy was sold and Pat and Joe purchased the Harbor Café located on the docks of Blaine, WA. Pat worked tirelessly making the Harbor Café a successful seafood and steakhouse restaurant, which was featured in the Seattle Times for its deliciously fresh fish and chips! Pat was passionate about serving the finest meals possible, giving the Harbor Café an excellent reputation as one of the best dining experiences in Whatcom County. Pat was well respected by those who were in her employ, many becoming good friends, and always greeted customers with a warm welcome. She was a true entrepreneur and enjoyed her life as a restaurateur.

Pat loved being grandmother to Sarah, Chet, Maddy and Lexi, and great-grandmother to Kristjan and Owen. She spoke fondly and proudly of her grandchildren at every opportunity. Pat enjoyed spending time with family, watching Gunsmoke on the Classic Westerns channel, playing a rousing game of Bunko with her good friends, a good cup of coffee, and was a devoted member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church Women’s Guild in Ferndale. Pat had a wonderful sense of humor bringing a smile to all she met. She was loved by many, and the memories of Pat will be remembered fondly for years to come.

Pat was preceded in death by her loving daughter, Jodi, and older brother, Richard Suddick. Pat is survived by her sons and daughters-in-laws Jeff and Lindsay, Mark and Julie; grandchildren, Sarah (Guy), Chet, Maddy, and Lexi; great-grandchildren, Kristjan and Owen; brother Robert (Sheryl) Suddick of Omaha, Nebraska; sister Mary (Jim) Scott of Mt. Vernon, Washington.

A special thank you to Whatcom Hospice House staff for their compassionate care during Pat’s final days, and to the hospice chaplains and Father Ross. Thank you to Jerns Funeral Home for the arrangements, and the assistance of the St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Pat’s ashes will be laid to rest in Enterprise Cemetery. There will be a funeral mass at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Ferndale on Wednesday, January 31 at 10:30 a.m. Memorial donations may be made to Whatcom Hospice House, 2806 Douglas Road, Bellingham, WA., 98225.