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Patricia A.'s Story

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Patricia passed away at her home after a lengthy illness. Born in Boston to Helen and Fleetwood Layden, she grew up in Saugus MA and graduated from Saugus High. It was at Hilltop Steakhouse that she met her husband Harry. After having four children, they moved to Newbury in 1964. Pat was a stay at home mom and was "Mrs. Cleaver" to her children and their friends. Everyone loved Mrs. B and she was always there if anyone needed a ride or an absent note when they skipped school. She was involved with Girl Scouts, PTA, Mother's Club, First Parish Sunday School and Protection # 2 Auxiliary Fire Ladies. Pat was always baking and everyone looked forward to the holiday seasons when she made their favorite fudge. Sunday dinners were at noon sharp! For a short time after her children were grown, she worked at the original Cheesecake Company on State Street and also at Adler and Watson Law Firm as a receptionist. She still made time to sew, quilt, braid rugs and garden. Pat's yard was her favorite thing in life and every vacation or trip, instead of going to a gift shop she would bring home shells, rocks or plants (some of which she took illegally). Her backyard is filled with all her "treasures," including a tulip tree from Tennessee, all her Trilliums and her favorite, Doll Eyes. She enjoyed walking around her yard everyday, no matter the weather, and walking down her "paths."
She leaves her children, Phillip, Cynthia, Joanne, and Timothy and granddaughter, Catherine, the light of her life. Pat's husband passed ten years earlier and her beloved cat, "Bootiful", two years ago. She has donated her remains to Tufts University Anatomical Gift Program, to continue to help others. The family thanks Erin and the team at Care Dimensions Hospice for their support and help and a special thanks to Paul C. Rogers Funeral Home, most especially Rose, for all their help and assistance.
"Just living is not enough", said the butterfly, "one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower." Hans Christian Anderson.
Donations can be made to St. Judes Children Hospital in Pat's name. You may also remember Pat by taking a ride on the flying horses - she loved them and would ride every year for her birthday. Her last ride was at 82!
Services will be private at her other favorite place, Acadia National Park.
The Daily News of Newburyport
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