HAMMONDSPORT - Patricia "Pat" R. Wilkins, 71, of Hammondsport, N.Y., died Tuesday morning (Oct. 8, 2013) at her home, following a long illness.
Pat was born to the late Howard and Ruth Hooker on Sept. 10, 1942 in Hornell. She graduated from Hornell High School in 1961 and was married to Ronald Wilkins on Jan. 13, 1962, in Hornell, where they lived together until relocating to Hammondsport in 1997.
Pat worked as an administrative assistant for Marion Rohr in Hornell after high school and in 1964 she moved to Germany to be with her husband where he was stationed with the U.S. Army. After raising her three children, Pat worked with her husband, owner of Wilkins Recreational Vehicles, Inc. helping to grow the family business.
Pat was an avid gardener with a passion for flowers. She was president of the Alpha Zeta Sorority and became a very dedicated fund raiser for The Alzheimer's Association and other Alzheimer related charities. Pat loved to travel as she and her husband visited Japan, Israel, Australia and parts of Europe. She was a very devoted wife, mother and grandmother and developed lasting relationships with everyone she came to know.
Besides her husband Ronald, Pat is also survived by her three sons, Scott (Barbara) Wilkins of Bath, Brian Wilkins and Kevin Wilkins, of Hornell. She is also survived by two grandchildren, Kaelan and Emily Wilkins, and three siblings, Virginia, Robert and Roberta.
Calling hours are from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday (Oct. 14, 2013) at the Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc., 285 Main St. Hornell and from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday (Oct. 15, 2013) at Christ Episcopal Church in Hornell, where her funeral service will be held at the conclusion of calling hours at 11 a.m., Tuesday. Committal prayers and interment will follow at the Arkport Heritage Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in memory of Patricia Wilkins to the Alzheimer's Association, Rochester & Finger Lakes Chapter, 435 E Henrietta Road, Rochester, N.Y., 14620. Envelopes for memorial contributions will be available at the funeral home and church.
Online condolences or remembrances of Pat are welcomed at www.bishopandjohnsonfuneralhome.com