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Mary Pat Boatfield

Hallsville, MO

Mary Pat Boatfield, age 64, passed away unexpectedly on June 18, 2014 in Hallsville, Missouri, where she was serving as the executive director of the Central Missouri Humane Society.

Born on December 20, 1949 in Toledo, Mary Pat was the oldest child of Robert F. and Adelia (Riley) Boatfield. She was educated at St. Ursula Academy and the University of Toledo, where she earned bachelors and masters degrees in education. Before working in Missouri, Mary Pat served as the Executive Director of the Toledo Area Humane Society and the Nashville (TN) Humane Association.

Mary Pat's compassion, tireless advocacy and sense of humor earned her the respect of colleagues and the love of friends and family. She was a national leader in animal welfare education and advocacy, known for addressing tough issues and promoting change to benefit whole communities. For example, she created the nationally-credentialed Disaster Animal Response Team (DART) to respond to Hurricane Katrina and other emergencies such as Hurricane Ike, tornados and the 2010 Nashville flood.

Mary Pat believed in quality of life for everyone - people and animals - and worried about the safety of our food supply. She put her beliefs to work through active membership in professional and community organizations, and by volunteering with local homeless shelters in Toledo, Nashville and Columbia (MO), where she spent nights at the shelter assisting with the needs of the less fortunate.

As a daughter, sister, aunt and friend, Mary Pat was both a grounding force and source of light. She pursued her causes with a passion tempered by the reality that it took hard work to create real change. She knew the struggles of life firsthand and believed in the miracle of prayer. She stood by anyone who needed her, as long as they needed her, for whatever they needed. And anyone who wandered into Mary Pat's wide circle knew the light of her Irish smile and the cackle of her laugh. For these, and for so many other reasons, she will be missed.

Mary Pat is preceded in death by her mother, father and brother, Robert. She is survived by her sister, Ann (Dave) Sweeny, Ottawa Lake, MI; her sister-in-law, Donna Boatfield of Carrollton, TX; niece, Rachael (Chris) Baldwin of Dexter, MI; her nephews, J.B. (Lindy) Boatfield of Atlanta, GA and Joseph Boatfield of Carrollton, TX; and many great-nieces and nephews.

Friends may call at the Coyle Funeral Home, 1770 S. Reynolds Rd., Toledo, OH Thursday, July 10th from 2 - 8 p.m. The service will begin in the mortuary Friday, July 11th at 9:45 a.m., followed by the funeral ceremony at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 2770 W. Central Ave., Toledo. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations in Mary Pat's memory to the Nashville Humane Association and St. Jude's Childrens Research Hospital.

Please view and sign the guest registry at CoyleFuneralHome.com.

Coyle Funeral Home, (419) 865-1295.



Published in The Tennessean on June 29, 2014
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