September 18, 1943 ~ August 10, 2013


Pat McRae


Online Condolences

Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Judge McRae was an amazing woman and she will be missed. She taught me so much in the time I spent working with her. I'm so sorry for your loss.

~Flynn and Dawn Searle

Shaunda, Rial, Darwin and Parker,

My heart broke when I heard of your Mother's passing. She was a wonderful friend to all who knew her and I am sure that Bob and Wally were there to greet her! I will never forget our many trips to Las Vegas to see Rial in the "beast". My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of sadness.

~Judy Church

Your mom was simply put, A Grand Lady. Love and hugs to your whole family. She loved you all so much. She is the Best Friend anyone could ever hope to have in this world.

~Sandy May

Our thought and prayers are with all of you so sorry for your loss.

~Pat Bowen and children

Darwin I am sorry to hear about your mom. I am thinking of your family.what I remember about her when we where young she was a great lady then.

~Missy Bowen Jenkins

Pat was a great judge. She had a great love for the law and justice. It was my honor to be her friend. We will miss her.

~Lynn Payne

Shonda, Rial, Darwin, Parker and Families, So sorry to hear of the recent passing of your mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

~Troy and Margo Oaks and Family

So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to each and everyone of you.

~Barbara Holmes, Makin

What a great loss this is for Pat's family and the community at large. She carried herself with great pride and received respect from those she encountered. My prayer is that her family will be comforted through this difficult time.

~Shawna Thompson

My family is truly sorry for the loss of Pat. She was a wonderful woman and will be truly missed. We are thinking of you all during this difficult time.

~Malory Pope Ericksen

It is so hard to loose a friend that you have not seen for a while. What a shock. All my best to the entire family.

~Jill Pope


Cleopatra “Pat” McRae

September 18, 1943 – August 10, 2013

Pat McRae, 69, of Vernal, Utah passed away August 10, 2013 surrounded by her family, due to complications arising from pneumonia.

Pat was born September 18, 1943 to Ernest and Virginia Winkler in Bluebell, Utah. She graduated from Uintah High School where she excelled academically.

Pat married George D. Chew in 1963 and they owned and operated Pool Creek Ranch in Echo Park. They had four children – Shaunda, Rial, Darwin and Parker.

Pat married Robert M McRae in 1980. Through him she formed her love of the law. After working as a paralegal she chose to continue her education at Weber State University as well as the Utah State University. This education led her to become the first Vernal City Justice Court Judge. She held her position on the bench for 17 years. She was well respected and admired by her colleagues and friends.

She served on Dinamites and multiple boards within the Utah Justice System. She also served in various positions for the National Park Service, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Uintah County Sherriff’s Office. She loved reading, painting, poetry, traveling, hiking, gardening, serving her community and so much more. Grandma Honey enjoyed outings anywhere with her family, who she loved so much and was extremely proud of.

Pat is survived by her children Shaunda Smuin, Rial (Darci) Chew, Darwin Chew, Parker (Angie) Chew; Grandchildren Tausha, Candace (Tim), Cade, Chantel, Alexis, Kaylor, Cody; Great-Grandchildren Derek, Maddison, Jackson, Cora; Siblings Dennis (Lou) Winkler, Rachel (Gary) Gierhart, Verona (Steve) Rasmussen, Don (Liudmila) Winkler, Ruth Ann (Glendon) Merrell, Duane Winkler and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Bob, and brother, Doug Winkler.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Uintah County Search & Rescue.  Donation can be dropped off at the funeral home or by mailing to:

Uintah County Search & Rescue

P.O. Box 1403

Vernal, Utah  84078

Graveside services were held Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 11a.m. at the Maeser Fairview Cemetery located at 400 S 3500 W, Vernal, UT.