Patricia Hayden

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East Lyme - Patricia (Carroll) Hayden, daughter of the late Patrick Carroll of Enniscrone, County Sligo, Ireland, and Mary Jennings of Irishtown, County Mayo, Ireland, died Oct. 14, 2012, with the love of her family at her side.

Pat leaves her husband, Raymond Hayden Jr.; son, Raymond Joseph of Rocky Hill; daughter, Ann Pavano and son-in-law, Dr. Joseph Pavano of Avon; daughter, Dr. Kathleen Hayden of Durham, N.C. She leaves three grandsons, Ryan, Colin, and Jack Pavano of Avon; brother, Thomas Carroll and Stefanie Powers of New York, N.Y.; sister, Rita Yavinsky and her husband, Wayne Sherwood, of Cumberland, Maine; sister, Ann "Nancy" Petry and her husband, Paul, of Osterville, Mass. She leaves her aunt, Maura O'Kelly of Enniscrone, Co. Sligo, along with many cousins, nieces, and nephews, both here and in Ireland.

Her son, Lawrence Patrick, predeceased her.

Pat was an active member of St. Agnes Church in Niantic, for the past 14 years. She was a member of Mary's Ministry and delivered communion to the Bride Brook Nursing Home on Sundays. She was also active in the Prayer Shawl Ministry.

In addition to her prayer life at St. Agnes, she was very proud of her Irish Heritage as a lifetime member of the Irish American Club. She and her parents held the very first tag sale one Sunday afternoon to start a fund for the Irish Club scholarship. Today that scholarship funds high school as well as college students.

Pat taught English at Rocky Hill High School for over 25 years. She always said she loved teaching and many of her students kept in touch with her throughout the years. Pat had degrees from Central Connecticut State University, Trinity College in Hartford, a Sixth Year from the University of Connecticut, and advanced coursework at Wesleyan University.

Pat possessed a keen intellect and loved to engage life in all of its richness. She was an avid reader and patron of the theater; she also loved to garden and write poetry. In 2008, she published a book of her poems, "Beyond Sun Drenched Skies". Pat was a member of several book clubs and will be missed by her many book club friends and all of her dear friends at Black Point Beach. She also loved to travel. Many of her most cherished memories were of travels with her husband to Florida and across the United States, to Europe, and especially to her beloved Ireland.

The funeral procession will assemble at 9:15 a.m. Saturday at the Thomas L. Neilan & Sons East Lyme Funeral Home, 48 Grand St., Niantic, and proceed to a Mass of Christian Burial scheduled for 10 a.m. in St. Agnes Church. Interment will be private on Monday in Rose Hill Cemetery, Rocky Hill. Calling hours are from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Melanoma Research Foundation, PO Box 759329, Baltimore, MD 21275-9329, (www.melanoma.orgor) or to the Yeats Society, Hyde Bridge, Sligo, Ireland (www.Yeats-Sligo.com).

Condolence messages may be left on Pat's memorial page at www.neilanfuneralhome.com
Published in The Day on Oct. 17, 2012
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