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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  • May 15, 2011
    Richard Williamson says:
    To Walter, Kathy, Jeanni, Freda and Raymond, I am saddened to hear of the death of your mom. She was like a second mom to us in Kinston as we grew up together. I know how important she was in your life and feel your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you today and in the days ahead. Richard Williamson, Riverside, California

  • March 12, 2011
    Kirsten Alexander says:
    Sending my deepest sympathy, prayers,and love to all of Pat's family. I consider myself blessed and very fortunate to have known Pat and will remember her graciousness and kindness. May she rest in peace.

  • March 12, 2011
    Fran Gingher says:
    Pat could light up a room with her smile, bring a smile to your face with her gentle humor and truly was one of the kindest people I ever met. She will be missed but not forgotten, her memory will be treasured. My deepest sympathy to her family, may your memories be a comfort to you.

  • March 12, 2011
    Barbara Tuzzeo says:
    Dear Family of Pat, My heart aches for you. I have only known Pat for the last 12 years and was always lifted by her spirit and love of life. We joined The Wilmington Art Association about the same time and she was always a joy to be with when we worked together. Then we were in the Color Wheels together and painted at her home with the most wonderful view of Masonboro Sound. I know how much she and Stan loved being there. We had so many laughs together I can hear her laughter now. I will miss her as so many friends and family will, but know she is in the Palm of the Hand of our Lord Jesus Christ and has rejoined your Stan that she missed so very much. Love to you all. Pat will be in my prayers. Sincerely, Barbara Tuzzeo

  • March 13, 2011
    Mary Welch says:
    Pat was a very special woman who deeply touched my life through the recovery program. I will always remember her loving, kind spirit and deep faith. Please accept my deepest sympathy and know that I will keep your family in my prayers. May God sustain you during this difficult time. Love, Mary Welch