Patricia D. Seivwright

MONTPELIER - Patricia "Pat" D. Seivwright died suddenly Sept. 8, 2018.
She was the daughter of Dale Donahue and Pearl Smith. She grew up in Montpelier with a brief period in St. Petersburg, Florida. After finishing high school in Montpelier, she attended Vermont College and the Fay School in Boston.
As a young woman, she worked as a secretary in the law department of National Life. She volunteered her services generously, working in the Montpelier Red Cross office, on the successful gubernatorial campaign of Dean Davis, Bethany Church's soup kitchen and as a book repairer at the Kellogg Hubbard Library.
She married Harry Seivwright in 1947 and spent 50 wonderful years together until his passing in 1997. They had a second house in Grand Isle built in 1972 and moved there full time in the early 1980s after Harry's retirement. Winters were spent enjoying Sanibel Island, Florida. Their grandchildren all learned to swim there during vacation breaks. She returned to Montpelier after Harry's death and became a resident in the independent living section of Westview Meadows.
Pat, as a young girl, developed a love for the outdoors from her father. She knew the names of many types of birds and trees. She valued the protection of our natural world and cherished all creatures great and small. She could be seen liberating ladybugs stuck on the wrong side of a window. Before Grand Isle, the family spent many years camping with friends at Groton State Forest, as well as other sites in New England, New York and the maritime provinces. She joined Harry and the "Montpelier Navy" sailing off the southern New England coast.
Pat had an artistic flair as shown in the many paintings she did throughout her life. She exhibited regularly at the Grand Isle Art Show and had pictures shown at UVM's Fleming Museum.
Pat was an avid reader and remembers walking to the Kellogg Hubbard Library at the ripe age of five. Her belief in the importance of public libraries continued to be shown by her volunteer work there up until her death. She was well read and up on current events.
She embraced new technology and would pull up the latest video of her new great-granddaughter on her iPad or check out the latest trade on her favorite baseball team, the Red Sox. Her generous spirit was shown when she started following the Sox as a way to give a new Westview resident someone to share his excitement of the team. She became a close follower of the team from spring training to season's end.
For over 70 years, she enjoyed playing bridge with her many friends. She was a very active woman into her 90s and could be seen walking in Montpelier or playing bocce.
She was such an example of quiet caring and love for the people in her life. The lives of the people she touched are better for her presence. She will continue to be remembered for her gift to us.
Survivors include her son, George Seivwright and his wife, Maureen, of Grand Isle; grandchildren, Joshua Seivwright, of Jeffersonville, Vermont, Katherine Cole and her husband, Ben, of Bradford, and Carly Lagasse, of Montpelier; and one great-granddaughter, Wren Cole.
A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, at the Bethany Church on Main Street in Montpelier.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Kellogg Hubbard Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier, VT 05602; or to the Bethany Bowl Soup Kitchen, 115 Main St., Montpelier, VT 05602.
Those wishing to express online condolences may do so at www.guareandsons.com.

Published in Times Argus on Sept. 12, 2018