To View Pat's Celebration of Life CLICK HERE\n\n \n\nPatricia M. Alley\n\nMarch 17, 1938 ~ March 24, 2021\n\nPat was the youngest of four children born to Carl & Myrtle Tienken. Her grandfather, Charles Tienken emigrated from Germany in 1870. By 1877 Charles and his brother Henry settled on the Niobrara River in North Central Nebraska. They prospered in spite of the adversity of the weather, cattle rustlers and horse thieves. In 1977 Pat's brother John Tienken was awarded the Ak-Sar-Ben plaque for having kept their land in the family for 100 years. \n\nPat grew up with true pioneer blood in her veins. No running water in the house until she was in her teens. Went to a one room country school that was 8 miles from home. She boarded in town while going to high school because the 36-mile round trip twice a day was to much for a busy rancher to accommodate. \n\nPat married Corbett Alley in 1957, their adventures first took them to St. Paul, Minnesota. First a son, Kent and then a daughter, Carmel were born. She worked two jobs to support her husband get a college degree in engineering while also managing household duties and raising kids.\n\nShe had multiple passions: among them were cooking, knitting, gardening, music, photography and enormous energy for supporting underprivileged women struggling to better themselves through education while raising children. She was the sparkplug within P.E.O. Chapter EY that developed grant requests from the National Philanthropic Educational Organization to support these women. \n\nPat is survived by her husband Corbett Alley, son Kent Alley, daughter Carmel Dehn, five grandchildren and 21/2 great-grandchildren.\n\nMemorial may be made to P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education in care of Donna Langwig, P.E.O. Chapter EY, Tucson AZ 85739.