SHERRILL - Pat Heller of Sherrill passed away unexpectedly after a short illness on Dec. 28. Family members kept a constant vigil at her bedside.
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Born in Denshaw, Yorkshire, England, on April 28, 1934, she was the daughter of Thomas and Minnie (Butterworth) Church.
She attended the local church school in Denshaw and completed her education at Manchester School for Girls. She was a graduate of Blackpool Technical College majoring in hotel management and catering. She went on to obtain her chef's certificate in London.
She was employed at the English Garden Inn in Norman Cross, England where she met her husband, James Heller. She spent time working at the Golden Lion Inn, St. Ives, Huntington, England until her marriage.
Pat and James married Sept. 3, 1955 at Christ Church, Denshaw, England. Leaving England in 1957, her Air Force family moved to Arkansas, Washington State, France, Montana and Colorado. In December of 1965 they arrived in Sherrill and remained until the time of her death.
Pat was an active member of the Gethsemane Episcopal Church and held dearly her friendships there. She enjoyed refinishing furniture and spent many hours in her English garden. Creatively and with great joy she made dolls and doll clothing. Camping in the Adirondacks with her husband was a must. She discovered yoga and swimming classes later in life. Family and friends reaped the benefits of her cooking.
Surviving are her husband, James; son, Michael (Kathy); granddaughter, Emma Heller of Greenfield, N.Y.; son, David (Debbie); grandsons, Caleb, Joel, Luke, Andrew, Silas and James; granddaughters, Victoria, Hope and Michelle Heller of Morrisville, Vt.; son, Thomas Heller of Rensselaer, N.Y.; her brother, John Church (Beryl) of Tiptoe Haunt, England; brother-in-law, Robert (Patricia) Heller of Oneida, N.Y.; brother-in-law, Clive Van Vleet of Sherrill, N.Y.; several nieces and nephews.
Pat excelled as a mother, grandmother and keeping her husband in line. We will miss her joy of life.
Thanks to the doctors and nurses at Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare Center. A special thanks to April (RN) in ICU.
Published in The Oneida Daily Dispatch on Jan. 1, 2013