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Patricia A. Kearney

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Patricia A. Kearney, 87, died March 20, 2013 in Cottonwood, Arizona. She was born on September 8, 1925 in El Paso, Illinois and was preceded in death by two brothers and four sisters. She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews, whom she loved as her own children. She was a professor in the Art Department of Pennsylvania's Edinboro University and retired in 1990, after 25 years of service. Prior to that, she taught or held teaching assistantships at Randolph-Macon Women's College in Lynchburg, Va., Ohio State University, Illinois State University and Yale University Art Galleries, where she was an assistant docent. Pat was an active and accomplished artist whose media were painting, colored pencil, pastel, and more recently, fiber wall hangings and contemporary quilts. She exhibited in numerous solo shows, invitational group exhibits and juried shows throughout the United States. Her work is in many private and museum collections, including four pieces in the permanent collection of the Erie Art Museum. She received at least 30 jurors awards and purchase prizes throughout her career. In addition to college and university teaching, she was a visiting painting instructor at Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua New York, co-conducted two six-week European art study tours for Edinboro University students, taught watercolor and art workshops for various art centers and co-founded the Lake Erie Fiber Arts Guild. Pat was always interested in learning new skills and attended many art workshops, such as those at Women's Studio Workshop in Rosendale, New York, The Vermont Studio School, Penland School of Art in North Carolina, Parson's School of Design in New York and others. She made frequent trips to New York to view current gallery and museum exhibitions. Always adventurous, Pat loved travel and, in addition to extensive travel in the United States, she took several trips to Europe, as well as to China, Egypt and Turkey. After her retirement, she lived for several years in Maryland and Florida, before moving back to Edinboro, again. In 2002, she relocated to Cottonwood, Arizona, to be closer to her brother and nephews. In 2011, she moved into the Cottonwood Village Retirement Community. She was an avid promoter of animal rescue, with a special love of cats, and she always had a family of rescued cats. She was an avid reader, with a love of books and libraries. After her retirement, she volunteered, on a regular basis, at her community libraries. House design and furniture renovation were a lifelong hobby of hers and she designed and had built two of her homes in Edinboro, as well as her homes in Florida and Arizona. Pat has left behind many family members, friends and former students, all over the United States, who love her and will remember her. Pat requested that she be cremated and that her ashes be spread in a natural area, near her home, in Arizona. Memorial services in Arizona and Pennsylvania will be announced at a future date. Donations in her memory can be made to the following organizations: Verde Valley Humane Society, 1520 W. Mingus Ave, Cottonwood, AZ 86326; Erie Art Museum, 411 State Street, Erie, PA 16501; Blasco Memorial Library, 160 East Front Street Erie, PA 16407; Anna Shelter, 1555 10th Street, Erie, PA 16511; or to a .

Published in the Erie Times-News on Mar. 31, 2013
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