PATRICIA PUGH

PUGH Patricia Pat Mary Winney Pugh died January 21, 2013, and has rejoined her husband, Roger, in Heaven. She was born March 18, 1919, in Oakland, CA, to Delbert Clyde Winney and Bertha Margar Cronin, whose parents were first generation Americans from Ireland. Pat lived in East Helena, MT, and Tacoma, WA, but spent her formative years in Wauna, WA, where she helped her father build the family home. Pat attended Washington State College and graduated from the University of Washington, majoring in music. She was selected for Mu Phi Epsilon, national women's music honorary. Music would resonate throughout her life, including being an accomplished pianist, junior high music teacher, and teacher superb to her grandchildren! In the 60s and 70s, she was very active in Sweet Adelines and was musical director of Sing Out Jacksonville, affiliated with Up With People. In later years she played the organ at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Ponte Vedra Beach and frequently sang with choral groups throughout Europe. Music also had links to how some of her children met their future spouses. As a result of her musical involvement, some of her children met and married lifetime partners. During World War II, while teaching in Tacoma, she met the man who would become her husband of 49 years and the father of her six children. After the war, Pat and Roger lived in Durham, NC, while Roger earned his master's degree in hospital administration at Duke University. They lived in Bluefield, WV, for nine years before moving to Jacksonville. She loved dogs, especially Duchess, Monk, Cleo, Sandy, Otto, Moses, Aaron, Sam, Prince Charles, Sir William, and countless others. Pat is survived by the following: her children John (Peggy) of San Rafael, CA; David (Betsy) of Jacksonville, FL; Patricia (David) Reynolds of Callahan, FL; Kathleen Whitton (Kevin) of Rome, GA; Mary Steffes (Paul) of Duluth, GA; and Melanie Mueller (Doug) of San Antonio, TX. Pat was also blessed by grandchildren Kelly Miott (Bryan) of Signal Hill, CA; Kevin Pugh (Rachael) of Camarillo, CA; Jason Pugh (Marissa) of Los Angeles, CA; Brian Pugh (Lisa) of Jacksonville, FL; Melissa Reed (Rob) of Simpsonville, SC; John Reynolds (Traci) and Matthew Reynolds (Andrea) of Hilliard, FL; Melanie Tremaroli (Craig) of Fishers, IN; Megan Steffes and Greg Steffes of Duluth, GA. The blessings continued in recent years with the arrival of great-grandchildren Colin Reynolds, Garrett Reynolds, Taylor Tremaroli, Connor Tremaroli, Carson Tremaroli, Riley Reed, Jacob Reed, Reese Reed, Kennedy Pugh, Emmet Pugh, and Lauren Miott. Her sister, Kathleen Rockwell, of Seattle, WA, and 11 nieces and nephews also survive her. Pat lived life to the fullest. In 1950, she drove the first of many cross-country trips with children by herself, culminating with all eight Pugh's traveling in 1962 from Jacksonville to Seattle for the World's Fair. There were also first cross-country train trips and first-time airplane trips. She was still playing tennis well into her 70's. At nearly 80 years young, she captained her ladies' tennis team. She instilled in her children the curiosity and adventure of travel by her example, going to Europe nine times. She loved her singing trips to some of Europe's finest cathedrals as well as the Bush 41 White House. Even into her 90s, with her failing eyesight, Pat could sit down at her beloved Steinway piano and play a well-tuned routine that included Mack the Knife. In lieu of flowers, please sent contributions to Community Hospice. Please Sign the Guestbook @ Jacksonville.com

Published in the Florida Times-Union on Jan. 23, 2013