Patricia Jean Dennis

August 6, 1930 - March 10, 2011
Patricia Jean Dennis

Patricia Martin Dennis, age 80, of Wilmington, NC, died peacefully on March 10, 2011 in her home, all five children having been by her side that week.

She was born on August 6, 1930 in Paragould, AR, one of three children of the late Edna and Jack Martin. Patricia was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, F. Stanley Dennis, who departed this earth in 2007.

Patricia, referred to as Pat, is survived by her 2 sons and 3 daughters: Walter M. Dennis of Raleigh, NC; Kathryn E. Dennis and grandson Robert T. Brooks of Wilmington, NC; Jeanni A. Dennis and Robert Brown III of Wilmington, DE; Freda D. Winters and John Tucker of Surf City, NC; and Raymond A. Dennis and Richard Joblonicky of Wilmington, NC. She is also survived by her sister Betty Jo Clayton and her brother Jackie Martin and wife Martha, both of Paragould, AR, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Pat spent most of her childhood in Paragould, AR. After meeting her future husband, Stan, on a blind date, they married and began a rich life together living in many cities including: Atlanta, GA; Knoxville, TN; Kinston, NC; Richmond, VA; Old Hickory, TN; Wilmington, DE; and finally retiring in Wilmington, NC, in 1992.

Pat had a fulfilling life. She and Stan travelled frequently in their retirement years, including Alaska and Australia. She made her home a warm and friendly place and it was always full of people and activity. She enjoyed gardening, reading, fine food, music and antiques. She especially loved her cat, Zoë. She was a gifted artist and a member of the Wilmington Art Association & Gallery. She played bridge and Mah Jongg until a few months prior to her death. She had a great sense of humor and was a very kind, caring, loving woman who will be missed by those whose lives she touched.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held for both Pat and Stan at 10:00 a.m. Monday, March 14, 2011, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 6650 Carolina Beach Road, Wilmington, NC. Family and friends will be received at 9:30 a.m. prior to mass.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC, 28401.

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  • March 25, 2011
    Melissa Mello says:
    I am so sorry to hear of Pat's passing. You and your family have my heartfelt sympathy. Pat was a wonderful person and a very talented artist. Heaven is blessed to have her. I know it is difficult but remember all the wonderful things about her and all the good times you had with her. She will always be with you. I lost my Mother 5 months ago and know how difficult it is, your family is in my prayers.

  • March 13, 2011
    Jackie Malpass says:
    Pat was blessed with a wonderful husband and family. She was also blessed with her wonderful view of the comings and goings of the tidal marsh in front of her home. This fed her artistic nature and provided a resource for many cards and paintings. Now she is painting heavenly scenes with the angels! Rest in peace Pat!

  • March 13, 2011
    Joan Whitley says:
    Kathy and all, I am so sorry for your loss. Your Mom was such a gentle soul. I immediately pictured your kitchen on Airlee Rd and a much younger Pat. I imagine my Mom and yours will be starting a Bridge group and having some laughs. I will be thinking of you.

  • March 13, 2011
    Terri Downs says:
    My thoughts and prayers are with you, Kathy and Bob, and with the rest of your family. I'll always remember how your mom opened her home to me after Huricane Fran, when I had no utilities at my house. God be with you!

  • March 18, 2011
    jimmie @ lorraine Talmo says:
    To Pat Dennis's Family I feel very blessed to have had Pat in my life and I will always remember her and her beautiful smile, sparkling eyes and her infectious laughter. Pat was instrumental in helping me through some turbulent times and we shared a lot, including our love of certain cartoon comics. I still have some of those cartoons and a whole lot of the pearls of wisdom that fPat passed on to me. My husband, Jimmie and I have fond memories of our visit to Stan @ Pat's lovely home in N.C. and especially goig over to Masonboro Island. We had such a good time. I treasure those memories and the photos. One thing that made me very happy was that Pat was able to resume her love and talent for painting and we are proud to have a print of her Seashells watercolor and a print of a Sandollar that we enjoy in our home. I send my deepest condolences to all of you and pray that you will be comforted and consoled by the love of your parents for all of you,happy memories, and by their example of living a good life. Sincerely with Love, Lorraine Talmo