Patricia Koley was born Dec. 24, 1932, in Le Mars, the daughter of John Joseph "Jack" and Grace (Potter) Killeas. She graduated from Le Mars Central High School. In Omaha, she was valedictorian of the Duschesne College class of 1955. She earned her law degree at Creighton University School of Law in 1958, in an era when few women were attorneys.
On Feb. 1, 1958, she married James L. Koley at St. James Catholic Church in Le Mars.
She practiced law for 16 years in Omaha where she and James raised four children.
She was president of Koley Land Company in Le Mars. She was recognized in 2005 for setting aside 100 acres outside of Le Mars for the creation of forest land, and received the Service for Wildlife award from the local chapter of Pheasants Forever.
Survivors include her husband, James L. Koley; four children, John Peter Koley and his wife, Nicole of Le Mars, Grace Kimberly Sickler and her husband, Robert of Houston, Texas, Caroline Ann Koley of Indianapolis, Ind., and Patrick James Koley and his wife, Cathy of Omaha; 16 grandchildren, Luke, Meghan, Elizabeth, Sarah, Grace, Katie, Jack, Ashley, Trey, Kristen, Ben, Autumn, James, Nick, Kate and Mary; a sister, Linda Killease Slusser and her husband, Robert of Los Angeles, Calif., and a sister-in-law, Helen Killeas of Le Mars.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 22, at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church, 19th and Dodge, in Omaha. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery in Le Mars. There was a wake service at 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21, at the John A. Gentleman 72nd Street Chapel in Omaha.
Memorials are suggested to the Benedictine Mission House, P.O. Box 528, Schuyler, Neb. 68661.