Noank - Patricia Avery Anderson died at her home in Noank after a long illness on July 30, 2007 at the age of 89.
She was the daughter of Albert Thomas Avery and Rachel White Avery.
Born in Wolliston, Mass., on March 16, 1918, she grew up in Groton and graduated from Fitch High School, and from Cornell University in 1940.
After graduating from Cornell, Patty moved to New York City where she worked until marrying her high school sweetheart, Ashby Anderson, and coming to Noank to live in their little red house by the sea. There they raised four children. An extraordinarily talented woman, Patty mastered challenges such as bee keeping, spinning, weaving, swimming, skiing, cycling, gardening, cooking nutritious meals and making baskets. An avid sailor, she and her husband owned a series of boats, which they cruised up and down the New England coast from Noank to Maine with family and friends.
An active member of the Noank Baptist Church, she taught Sunday school for many years and was chairman of the board of Christian Education. She was a member of the Ram Island Yacht Club, the New Hampshire Weaver's Guild and the Goose Island Cruising Club. She was instrumental in bringing the first foreign exchange student to Fitch High School who lived with the family from 1958 to 1959. She also satisfied a life long ambition to teach when she served as a Latin teacher at Cutler Jr. High School. Patty was devoted to her community and family. She demonstrated generosity of spirit, an unrelenting curiosity about life, a love for her family that was ironbound, and a love for her husband that was an example for all.
Her husband, Arthur Ashby Anderson, died May 7, 2000 and her brother, Arnold Avery, on Aug. 14, 2004.
She is survived by her four children, Peter Avery Anderson, of Noank, Christopher White Anderson of Titusville, Fla., Steven Ashby Anderson of Noank, and Jane Palmer Anderson Bobowicz of Three Rivers, Mass.; and her ten grandchildren, Matthew Anderson, Nathan Anderson, Rachel Anderson, Julie Richmond, Patrick Anderson, Rebecca Anderson, Christopher Bobowicz, Pamela Bobowicz, Addie Bobowicz and Lisah Bobowicz; and her great-grandson, Silas Anderson.
A celebration of her life will be held on August 10th at 11 a.m. at the Noank Baptist Church in Noank.
Contributions may be made to the VNA of Southeastern Connecticut or the Noank Baptist Church in her memory.