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Valerie Oona (Val Pattison) Scowen

March 26, 2022

25.9.1931 – 26.3.2022.  After a short illness.  Loved wife of Bruce Pattison (deceased) and Jack Scowen (deceased). Dearly loved mother and mother-in-law of Christine Fisher (Christchurch), Dianne Ferguson and Peter York (deceased) (Hokitika), and Tony and Michelle Pattison (Auckland).  Treasured Nana of Kate, Amber, Jaimee, Richard, Jarrod, Cayla, and Isaac and Great Nana of Indy, Ruby, Juniper, Jack, Harriet, Beckett, Oscar, and Alice.  Messages to 38 Bonar Drive, Hokitika 7810, or can be left on Val’s tribute page at  In lieu of flowers donations to the Alzheimer’s Society would be appreciated and can be made at the service.   A service to celebrate the life of Val will be held in the Hokitika RSA, 22 Sewell Street, on Tuesday 5th April, commencing at 11.00 am.   As this is to be a celebration of Val’s life please wear something bright!  Private cremation to follow.


  1. Shona and Murray Marshall

    Sorry to hear of Val’s passing. Remember my days in the Hokitika Revue and her amazing singing. Condolences to all the family.

    • Dianne Ferguson

      Thanks Shona. I really felt like Mum was going to live forever, But apparently not. She is in a better place.

      • Lakota Finch-Dixon

        Kia ora,
        I just learnt of Val’s passing.
        I am Jack Scowens Great Grandaughter & I was extremely fond of Val. I have nothing but loving memories of her from when I was younger. Sending lots of love, what a wonderful women she was xx

  2. Vonnie Cherry

    Sorry for your lost Dianne.
    Our thoughts are with you.
    Doug and Vonnie

  3. Russell and Kay Mitchell

    Our thoughts are with you Di and family

    • Doug and Yvonne Cochrane

      So sorry to hear of Vals passing.
      Sincere condolences to Dianne, Tony and Vals family.
      Remembering the good times we enjoyed while at Trans West way back when.
      RIP Val.🌷🌷🌷

      • Dianne Ferguson

        And someone at Trans West taught Mum how to swear…..??? ; )

        • Doug Cochrane

          Thanks Dianne, there were some trying times operating in a smaller office and your mum was a quick learner, but yes I think that could have been me.!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Judy Curtis

        Sorry to hear of Val’s passing.

        Lots of memories from her time at TWF.

        Condolences to all her family

  4. Noeline Minehan

    Sorry to hear of your mums passing Dianne. Thinking of you all at this sad time.Noeline

  5. Nola Rasmussen

    When I first became a leader in the Girl Guide Movement late 60’s / 70’s, Val was Provincial Secretary. A very efficient person and wore the Guiding uniform with pride being a very up right straight back person. I also remember her wonderful singing voice. My thoughts are with you Dianne and family. Nola

    • Dianne Ferguson

      Thanks Nola. Mum did do alot Guides and other organisations in her time in Hokitika.

  6. Glenys Muir

    Thinking of you all at this sad time. I have fond memories of our good times together during the 70′ and early 80’s.

    • Tony Pattison

      Thanks Glenys. Those days were a lot of fun and Mum, Dad and I made many friends and had lots of good time. All the best.

  7. Alan (flea) Mitchell

    Sympathy to Val’s family on the passing of Val Great memories of Val & Bruce while living a couple of doors away in Bealey St in the mid 1970s R I P Val.


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