In Memoriam: Pat Brda

FFRF member Pat Brda was born in Berwyn, Ill., on July 8, 1953. She had degrees in dance, math, computers and earned an MBA from University of Illinois-Champaign.

She worked in information technology, most recently as a project manager at Bio-Rad. For 31 years, Pat and her husband Carl enjoyed exploring Seattle and the Northwest, movies, travel, music and even road rallies with Pat playing navigator to Carl’s driver. Pat was active in community issues.

Pat enjoyed cooking and baking, and created jewelry through beadwork. She loved growing plants and was one of the rare people who could nurture orchids to rebloom. Most of all, she enjoyed sharing her plants, creations and interests with friends and family.

Pat died peacefully at home last year surrounded by friends after a rapid and cruel bout with cancer. Daughter of Anthony and Therese Brda, she is survived by her sister Marilyn and brother Bill.

“We are so grateful that Pat bequeathed $40,000 to FFRF to help secure our future, among other worthy causes she helped,” said FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor.

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