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 12, 2011
    Fran Steketee says:
    A sister Leo, artist and mother, Pat was a joy to have known. She came at the world with a wonderful sense of humor; she was REAL--and a loving and very wise soul. We shared a decade and similar experiences and were able, in the relatively brief time we knew each other, to make a lovely dent in each other's hearts. I will miss her, as will all of us whose lives she so gently and deeply touched.

  • March 11, 2011
    Sherri Batson says:
    Kathy and family, I am thinking of you during this difficult time. Mothers are so special and I hope you will have peace in knowing that your mother isn't suffering. Sherri

  • March 17, 2011
    Patricia Lea Clayton Berry says:
    Aunt Pat will be greatly missed by me and many others. She was a wonderful loving woman.

  • March 11, 2011
    Donna Chi says:
    Remember not just that she died, but that she lived. And the gifts resulting from her life were memories too beautiful to forget. She was tired and she was ready to go, and now she rests under the wings of God.

  • March 12, 2011
    Jeanne Gowdy says:
    Pat was a member of our plein air( colorwheels) group for a while, but she was most comfortable sharing her home and wonderful scenery with us. We loved her sense of humor. She will be missed.