Patricia Elaine Bustard Léger, 82, was born April 24th, 1940, in Casper, Wyoming to Charlotte and William Bustard. She loved Casper, and it was always her home at heart.
Pat passed away suddenly on May 18th while spending time with her good friend and chosen sister of 40 years, Roxanne Taylor. We will miss Pat the rest of our days, until we meet again. We can take comfort that she is again with those family members that have passed, and that she missed dearly.
Pat and her brother Tom grew up in the Bustard Funeral Home. She spent most of her playtime surrounded by her male cousins, with Robert Sandison being her closest cousin. But at the age of 5 she met and became good friends with her first chosen sister and neighbor across the street, Butch Okes. Patsy and Butch were good friends for 77 years, and Butch was always known to Pat’s sons as Aunt Butch.
Pat attended McKinley Elementary School and Dean Morgan Junior High School in Casper. She then attended St. Mary’s High School in Faribault, Minnesota. After graduating high school, in 1958, she attended the University of Denver where she studied fine arts and teaching. After college, life took Pat to California.
In 1964, Pat was living in Los Angeles, California teaching Special Education. In November of 1964, she met and fell in love with her husband of 56 years, Norton “Zeke” Léger, who was living on the same floor of her apartment building. They were married July 5th, 1965. In 1970 they moved to the Monterey Bay area to start a family. They had two sons, William Léger and Robert Léger, who became the center of their world. Pat was a devoted mother and never stopped providing love and support for her boys. She worked, raised children, and was very involved in their many activities throughout childhood.
Road trip vacations were a common family activity. Her love of our National Parks was ingrained in her family. She loved visiting and camping at our National Parks and sharing those treasures with her family. That legacy lives on in her sons and grandsons. Visiting Lake Tahoe over Thanksgiving week was a yearly tradition while the boys were growing up, and often included family or friends. And for each trip, Pat made sure the boys brought all their schoolwork with them so they would not fall behind.
In 2004, Thomas arrived, giving Pat a grandchild to spoil. Soon after, Pat and Zeke left San Diego and moved to Reno to be closer to Bill, Amanda and Thomas. In 2007 Cameron arrived and Pat was ready with even more love to give. She loved her grandchildren so much, and they were a frequent topic of conversation. At every opportunity, Pat was there to watch and support their various sporting events.
Pat was an avid reader and her tastes varied widely. She loved the San Diego Zoo and was a member for many years when living in San Diego. It was a joy that she loved to share with family and friends when they were in town.
Even after her boys left home, Pat enjoyed planning trips and traveling with her family to see familiar and different places. She planned cruises and two long summer road trips for Zeke, Thomas and Cameron, taking them all over the west to visit National Parks, and to see and meet family and friends. For well over 50 years, she crocheted baby blankets for friends and family that were cherished by parents and children alike. With everything she created, her artistic creativity shined through.
Pat was preceded in death by her father, William, mother, Charlotte, brother, Tom (Jean), and nephew, Bill Bustard. She is survived by her husband, Zeke; sons, William (Amanda) and Robert (Casey); grandchildren Thomas, Cameron, and Hazel; nieces, Terri (David), Kathy (Tony) and their families; and numerous cousins and friends.
A visitation for family and friends will be held Tuesday, May 31, 2022, from 5:00pm to 8:00pm, and from 1:00pm to 2:00pm on Wednesday, June 1, 2022, at Bustard and Jacoby Funeral Home , 600 Cy Ave, Casper, WY 82601.
A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, June 1, 2022, at 2:00 PM at Bustard and Jacoby Funeral Home where Pat spent her earliest years of life. Pat’s final resting place will be at Highland Cemetery, with her family.