Patricia (Patty) Raymond McNall
March 22, 1957 - December 25, 2013
Patty McNall of Ridgway passed away on Dec. 25 in St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction, succumbing to injuries incurred in a horse riding accident on Nov. 15. McNall was born Mar. 22, 1957, to Charles and Joan Raymond in Hackensack, N.J. Her mother predeceased her. Patty grew up in Westport, Conn., where she enjoyed many activities on the water. She held the Connecticut State Salt Water Striper record as a teenager and loved to catch and tag sharks. She was one of the nation’s first women windsurfing pioneers and was slated to attend the Olympics before a windsurfing accident broke her knee. Patty married Scott McNall and had one son, Matthew. After divorcing in 1992 she moved to Telluride and worked in the County Assessor's Office until retiring to Ridgway in 2006. Patty became very involved with knitting groups and weaving textiles in the Rio Grande tradition, starting her business called Cottonwood Weavers. Patty was an active member and past Co-Vice President of the San Juan Weaving Guild. With her husband, DeGrey Phillips, they started Patty Yaks LLC and Patty was known locally as the “Yak Whisperer.” Patty was on the Board of Directors of the International Yak Association and attended the National Western Stock Show every year, winning numerous ribbons for her gentle yaks. She was charitable to any organization related to animals and donated frequently in time and money to Second Chance in Ridgway and Best Friends in Kanab, Utah. Some of her greatest joys have always been her pets, including two rescued two dogs from local shelters. Patty lived life to the fullest. With DeGrey by her side, adventure travel was one of their great passions and they traveled the world. Patty dove with Great White sharks, rode camels in Petra, India and Mongolia; rode horses in Botswana, Ecuador, Spain, Peru and Mongolia; and rode African elephants in South Africa. Patty is survived by her husband, DeGrey Phillips; her son, Matthew McNall; father, Charles Raymond; brother Charles Raymond and wife Karen of Somerset, N.J.; and niece and nephew Kailey and Alexander. Patty had a warm and caring heart and was dearly loved by all who knew her and will be deeply missed. In lieu of flowers or cards please donate to Second Chance Animal Sanctuary, Best Friends Animal Sanctuary or The Telluride Adaptive Ski Program. Announcement will be made later as to a date for a celebration of her life.