In the late 1940s, Patricia’s grandfather purchased 4 acres, and her father one acre, in Happy Valley. They chose the location because they wanted to live in the country, with walnut trees and plenty of land.
She discovered a fossilized turtle on the property. The industrialist Henry J, Kaiser, along with other neighbors, attended horse shows on the Whitehead property.
Patricia was active in dance and cheerleading at Acalanes High School. She road in a convertible with Jerry Brown, then the son of California’s attorney general and himself a future governor, during the ceremonies to mark the opening of Highway 24 in 1957.