Patricia ‘Patti’ Ann Cleveland


Patricia ‘Patti’ Ann Cleveland


Patricia “Patti” Ann Cleveland, 83, of Billings, passed Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019.

Patti was born to Emmet and Milly Monahan, Sept. 24, 1935, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. After high school, she attended Valley City College and received a teacher’s certificate at the age of 18. She taught in a one room school, grades first through seventh. She found her true passion as a draftsman and made a lifelong career first as geological draftsman for 35 years, then an AutoCAD mechanical draftsman. She married George “John” Cleveland Jr. and they had four children together.

She leaves as her legacy three children: Jon (Suzy) of Laurel, Michael (Gina) of Billings, Matthew (Karrie) of Billings. She also leaves to cherish in her memory eight grandchildren, Laurie Johnson, Chelsey Fake, Samantha Pratt, Taylor Cleveland, Karlie Cleveland, Casie Cleveland, Cole Cleveland and Jacob Cleveland; five great-grandchildren; and two siblings, Francis and John.

Patti loved crocheting blankets for her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed painting landscape pictures, which are proudly displayed in many of her family’s homes. If you took a picture somewhere in the mountains, you could take it to her and she would bring it to life on a canvas for you. Patti’s dad was a baker in the family bakery, “Monahan’s Creamy Crust Bread,” and she inherited her father’s talent of baking, especially pastries and bread. She was always asked to bring her rolls and, of course, the cinnamon rolls to family events, even though Mike always took them all! Her most cherished accomplishment was raising three wonderful boys.

She was preceded in death by Emmet (Father), Milly (Mother), and Tommy (Son). Tommy, it’s now your turn to take care of Mom.

Service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary, 1001 Alderson Ave. A reception will follow at Mike & Gina Cleveland’s home. Cremation has taken place.  Her remains will be laid to rest next to her son Tommy at Mountview Cemetery this summer.

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2 thoughts on “Patricia ‘Patti’ Ann Cleveland”

  1. Patti was my maid of honor at my wedding. She moved to Denver and we lost touch. I moved to Helena and on retirement returned to Billings. I did look her up and we had lunch in Laurel to catch up on our news. Then, I didn’t see her again until once at the senior center. We had a wonderful time in our many adventures at the California Oil Company. God Bless

  2. Buck & Lis McClellan

    We remember Patti with many fond memories of family get-to-gether’s when our husband’s worked for Wyo-Ben many year’s ago. Patti was such a talented lady with her beautiful paintings, wonderful cooking skills and her kind heart. She made a beautiful wedding cake for our daughter and was always so thoughtful and generous with her time and talents besides being fun to be with. I’m sorry we will be unable to attend the memorial service as we are leaving town Saturday. Our condolences to her family and may God bless her memory. Buck & Lis McClellan

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