Patricia Roarty (O'Connell) King, 75, of Ormond Beach, Fla., peacefully passed away at home on April 17, 2013.
Visitation will be Thursday, April 25, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Hugh B. Hughes & Son Inc. Funeral Home, 1044 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday, April 26, at The Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, 339 N. Maple Ave, Kingston, at 9:30 a.m. A memorial service will be held in Patricia's honor at a later date in Daytona Beach.
Patricia was born in Kingston, to William and Elizabeth Roarty. She was a graduate of Forty Fort High School. At 18, she moved to Washington, D.C., to take a job with the federal government. She married Charles F. O'Connell of Wilkes-Barre. They lived in Washington, D.C., where their first child was born. They then moved to Arlington, Va., where they raised their three children. Patricia's primary career was as an executive assistant for Strauss Management. She worked for Admiral Strauss' Co. for 28 years before retiring. Patricia lost her husband Charles in 1984.
Patricia was very active in the Democratic Party. She was a chairwoman of the Democratic Party in Prince Williams County, Va. She also chaired the Board of Social Services and was involved with other important committees. Patricia met Edwin King at a political event she was chairing. They fell in love and married in 1987. Patricia and Edwin moved to Ormond Beach in 1998, where they enjoyed their Bear Creek community.
Patricia will be remembered for her beautiful voice. She sang in the choir of Central Baptist Church in Daytona Beach. She also sang with the Bear Creek Singers and the Jubilees, who perform for senior centers. Patricia was one of the first female cantors for Blessed Sacrament Church in Alexandria, Va., where she was a faithful member. Patricia was dedicated to community involvement. She was president of the Fairlington Elementary PTA in Virginia and of HOA committees. She was a member of the Halifax Pilot Club in Daytona, and president of the Lions Club in Virginia.
Patricia very bravely fought her own cancer and actively helped other cancer patients. When the Halifax Oncology Department asked her to participate in its calendar girl project for cancer awareness, she was delighted to be a part of that project.
Patricia was predeceased by her father, William J. Roarty; her husband, Charles F. O'Connell; and her brothers, David and Kevin Roarty. Patricia leaves behind to mourn her memory her dear husband of 26 years, Col. Edwin C. King, U.S.M.C. (retired); her children, Mary Claire Lennartz (Joe) of Ormond Beach, Charles P. O'Connell (Elizabeth) of Scotland, Elizabeth O'Connell (Justine) of Silver Spring, Md.; her mother, Elizabeth J. Roarty, of Pennsylvania; her siblings, William, Eileen, Mary Beth, Margaret, Robert, Mark and Michael; her grandchildren, Grace, Katherine, Sarah, Connor, Courtney, and Mollie; numerous nieces and nephews; and the greatest event in her life, her great-grandson, Henry.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to uterine cancer research. Arrangements are under the careful direction of Lohman Funeral Home, Ormond Beach. For information or to send the family an online message of condolence, you may visit the funeral home website at hughbhughes.com.
Published in Times Leader on Apr. 21, 2013