Patricia Sharon Caldwell died April 10 in Jackson. She was 70 years old. Her family provided the following.
Our beloved Patty was our rock, and we were all the pebbles that she shaped and perfected. Patty shared her birthday with the place she loved most, Grand Teton National Park.
She was born Sept. 14, 1950, in Cheyenne, where her father was serving as the fire marshal at F.E. Warren Air Force Base. Patty joined her older brother.
In 1952 the family moved to Jackson, where Patty spent a majority of her life.
Shortly after coming to Jackson the family lived at Claude’s Place, which later became the Gros Ventre River Ranch. When Patty was only 3 she skied from the ranch all the way to Kelly to help get supplies.
In 1957 Patty was joined by a younger sister. The family moved to town, where they lived until Patty’s mother, Betty, opened the Gros Ventre Slide In in Kelly in 1966. Patty helped run the store until she graduated from Jackson-Wilson High School in 1969 and attended Casper College, where she studied art, which was a lifelong passion.
In 1972 Patty had her first son, James (Jamie) Flower, with her first husband, James (Kent) Flower. The family moved to California and welcomed son Andy in 1974.
Pat returned to Jackson, where she met and fell in love with James (Slink) Caldwell. The couple married May 19, 1979, under the Tetons, where they stayed for the rest of her life.
For seven years Patty ran Orville’s Thrift Shop with her sister. In 2004 the pair founded Forget-Me-Not Thrift Shop, which they ran together until it closed in late 2020. Patty’s career was always dedicated to service, working on behalf of nonprofits and the Jackson community.
Patty always lived her life to the fullest. She loved taking adventures and traveling around the West and Southwest. She especially loved camping, times when she could collect rocks and take photos. She was a talented painter who painted masterpieces of the Tetons and other scenic vistas.
She was adored by her whole family, taking her kids, nieces and granddaughter to the Teton County Fair to ride all of the rides, flying kites, teaching her granddaughter to blow bubbles in the yard, reading Harry Potter, hot tubbing, and playing with her dogs, who were her rocks.
Patty was preceded in death by her parents, Betty Graham Conley Parks and John “Jack” Conley; her brother Russell Conley, sister-in-law Catherine (Cathy) Conley and nephew Shane Conley; and a long line of dogs she loved: Corky, Lady, Pistol Shot, Charlie Brown, Bourbon, Monroe, Posey, Shorty, Wiggles, Blue, Lucy, Cheyenne, Wicket and granddog Nonie.
She is survived by her husband of 42 years, James (Slink) Caldwell; sons James (Jamie) Flower and Andy Flower (partner Chris Beal); granddaughter Lilly Flower; sister Millie (Bug) Parks (husband Lane Raper) and half-brother Alan Parks (wife Glenda Parks); her four nieces Candace Conley (husband Ronald Whittaker), Bridgette Conley Brite (husband Randy Brite), Tammy Yasrobi (wife Kendra Shupe) and Sharon Yasrobi; four grandnieces; her beloved dogs Annie, April and granddog Arya; and many close friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to American Legion Post 43 or the Jackson-Teton County Animal Shelter. A memorial will be held at a later date.