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Patricia F. (Hayes) Atwood
July 4, 1944 ~ January 11, 2024 (age 79) 79 Years Old
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Patricia Frances Atwood, née Hayes, passed peacefully on January 11, 2024 with her loving husband of almost 50 years, Harold S. (“Jeff”) Atwood, by her side. Pat was born to Florence Raedall Hayes, née Preiss, and Francis (“Frank”) Patrick Hayes on July 4, 1944 in Queens, New York. For many years, Pat believed that the annual fireworks were arranged especially for her. After a happy childhood that involved school years in and around New York City and summers in the Adirondacks, Pat graduated from Queens College in 1965 and had a career in modeling and fashion, including as a buyer for Lord & Taylor, before marrying Jeff and moving to to Bethel, Connecticut to start a family.
During her second act, Pat was a loving mother to Christian and Christina, an active member of several churches, ultimately finding a “home” at the United Methodist Church in Bethel, Connecticut, and a devoted community servant. Although, with just Jeff’s salary as a teacher, the family was never wealthy, Pat was extremely generous and always “adopted” several families during the holidays and made sure that the members of those families had a merry Christmas. In addition, she was an active supporter of the Dorothy Day Hospitality House in Danbury, Connecticut.
As anyone who knew her will attest, Pat was always happiest at the family camp on Indian Lake in the Adirondacks. She spent every summer there, surrounded by friends and family (first, with her parents, who purchased the camp in 1954, and then with Jeff, Christian and Christina) for nearly 70 years. She loved, among other things, how quiet it was and all that came with being in the wilderness -- the clear air, the blue skies, water sports, hiking, campfires, the unbelievable night sky that revealed itself each evening in the absence of light pollution, and spending time with friends. She was a terrific host and, like her mother, enjoyed opening up her home and kitchen to others. Although her long illness robbed her of her mobility and memory in her later years, she never failed to brighten up at the prospect of going to, or being at, the lake, and she took energy from the many people who looked in on her and loved her.
Pat is survived by her husband, a daughter, a son, five grandchildren, and countless friends.
A private reception for friends and family will be held on Sunday, February 4th. If you would like to attend, please send an email to RememberingPatAtwood@gmail.com. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Dorothy Day Hospitality House (https://www.dorothydaydanbury.org/Donate.htm) or the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (https://alzfdn.org/donate/).
The Bethel Funeral Home, Bethel, CT is handling arrangements. To leave an online condolence, please visit hullfuneralservice.com.