Patricia Sharon Caldwell
Our beloved Patty was our rock and we were all the pebbles that she shaped and perfected. Patty shared her birthday with the place that she loved most, Grand Teton National Park. She was born on September 14, 1950 in Cheyenne, Wyoming, where her father was serving as the fire marshal at F.E. Warren Air Force Base. Patty joined her older brother. In 1952, they moved to Jackson, where Patty spent a majority of her life. Shortly after coming to Jackson, the family lived at Claude’s Place, what later became the Gros Ventre River Ranch. When Patty was only three, 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 her 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. She returned to Jackson where she met and fell in love with James (Slink) Caldwell. The couple married on May 19, 1979 under the Tetons, where the couple stayed for the rest of her life.
For seven years, Patty ran Orville’s Thrift Shop with her sister. The pair founded Forget-Me-Not Thrift Shop in 2004, which they ran together until it closed in late 2020. Patty’s career was always dedicated to service, working on behalf of non-profits 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, where 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 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.
She is preceded in death by her parents Betty Graham Conley Parks and father 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 the American Legion Post 43 or the Teton County Animal Shelter. A memorial will be held at a later date.