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Patricia Ann Thompson Mahoney

Posted By Hall-Wynne On March 18, 2019 @ 8:23 am In Durham,News,Obituaries | 8 Comments

Patricia Ann Thompson Mahoney, 85, passed away on March 16, 2019, at Duke University Hospital surrounded by family.

Patricia Ann Burns was born on October 21, 1933, in Worcester, MA. She was the youngest of five children. She is predeceased by her father, Dr. Bernard J. Burns, her mother, Nora E. Burns, her sister, Elizabeth Burns Hennig, and sister Carolyn J. Burns. She is also predeceased by her husband of 39 years, Richard G. Thompson, and her second husband of six years, Edward L. Mahoney.

Patricia graduated from Clark University in 1955. She was a school teacher for 40 years in six different states, making a difference in the lives of many children. Her longest tenure was teaching middle school mathematics at Northside Junior High School/Brentwood Middle School in Brentwood, TN. She received a Masters of Education from Tennessee State University in 1984. In 1985, she was named Williamson County Education Association Educator of the Year. She retired to Wilmington, NC where she lived for 21 years. She was an active member of the community and of the Basilica Shrine of Saint Mary.

Known to her loved ones and grandchildren as “Gabby,” she had many hobbies and interests. When she was younger, she enjoyed tennis and gardening. With an entrepreneurial spirit, she started two small ventures based on her hobbies. She loved spending time with family and friends, traveling and relaxing at the beach. She was exuberant, smart and had a quick sense of humor. She enjoyed playing cards and Scrabble and never lost her desire to compete.  Growing up in the Boston area, she rooted for the Red Sox and Celtics. She was an avid Duke basketball fan for 35 years.

Patricia is survived by her son, Paul Thompson (Tami), of Cypress, TX; son, Mark Thompson (Robin), of Colorado Springs, CO, daughter Carole Thompson LeVine (Robert) and six grandchildren: Scott and Kellie LeVine, Anna Thompson, and Patrick, Andrew, and Nick Thompson. She is also survived by her brother, Bernard J. Burns Jr., and sister, Eleanor Burns Kempton. In addition, she leaves behind 10 nieces and nephews. She will be very missed by all.

A small memorial to celebrate her life will be scheduled at a later time. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Duke Cancer Institute or St. Jude Children’s Research  Hospital.

Condolences for the family of “Patricia Ann Thompson Mahoney”

Condolence from Betty Jones on March 18th, 2019 10:59 am

My prayers and condolences to Carole and all the family in the passing of their mother, grandmother, sister and friend. May you find strength and peace now and in the days to come.

Condolence from Arlene Fishburn on March 21st, 2019 7:41 am

Sorry for your lost. She is missed.

A Mass for Pat will be celebrated at the Basilica Shrine of St. Mary on April 27,2019
from the Senior Singles of St. Mary. Pat helped start this organization.

I am the treasurer of the group. Arlene Fishburn

Condolence from Arlene Fishburn on March 21st, 2019 7:44 am

Sorry for your lost. Pat is missed.

A Mass will be celebrated for Pat at the Basilica Shrine of St. Mary on April 27, 2019.

I am Arlene Fishburn , treasurer of the St. Mrys Single Seniors, a group started by Pat.

Condolence from Janet Coyle on March 21st, 2019 1:32 pm

I am so sorry to hear of Pat’s passing. I just moved back to Wilmington this past weekend. My friend left me a newspaper this morning and was startled to see her obituary. I had tried to call her recently and the phone number that I had was disconnected so I assumed she had moved, perhaps to live with one of her children, I had many good times with Pat and Ed. We were members of the Singles group at St. Mary’s.
They had a lovely courtship which we were all a little envious of, and a beautiful wedding which I won’t forget. They also had a beautiful home which I was lucky enough to visit several times. I left Wilmington 10 years ago and we did get together a couple of times but then kind of lost touch. The last time I was in Wilmington some time ago I called her but we weren’t able to get together, and I am sorry about that.
I hope she wasn’t ill too long or suffered too much. She was a wonderful lady and I was privileged to know her. May she rest in peace,
Janet Coyle

Condolence from Tom Moriarty on March 21st, 2019 7:28 pm

Pat was a terrific lady. Sorry for your loss.

Condolence from Delecia Hatcher on March 22nd, 2019 12:02 pm

My deepest and sincere condolences are with you all during this time. Although your mother is no longer here in the physical being, she will forever be in your hearts and watching over all of you from heaven above as your guardian angel. I am praying Gods comfort over all of you during this time.

Condolence from Peggy Moore on March 23rd, 2019 7:35 pm

Dear family of pat—I was privileged to know Pat in Wilmington, during our senior years. As a retiree from the Boston area, we shared many memories. My sincere sympathy to all of her family on her loss. Peggy Moore

Condolence from Chip Manzi on March 24th, 2019 2:32 pm

My condolences to Pat’s family and friends. My memories of Pat go way back to when I was a little kid. She was my cousin Dickie’s girlfriend. I remember their wedding at St Peter’s in Worcester. I thought she was the just the prettiest, kindest, sweetest lady I knew. I remember talking to her and feeling how carefully and seriously she listened to what I was saying. It sounds as though she gave that care to everyone around for the rest of her life.

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