Patricia Beazley


Patricia Ann (McNamara)

Longtime local artist, Patricia Ann McNamara Beazley died on February 5, 2014 of complications resulting from a series of strokes. Pat was born in 1930, in Chicago, Illinois, the oldest of five children born to Alice (Haymann) and Frank McNamara. Pat graduated from Mercy High School in 1948; although she had been offered entry into a special degree program at the University of Chicago, and a scholarship to St. Xavier's University, family circumstances intervened. She married the love of her life, Ben Beazley, in 1952. Pat and Ben had four children, living in Chicago after brief stints in Clinton, Indiana and Southwest Harbor, Maine. The family moved to Toledo in 1963; living in Old Orchard, until recently.

When Pat moved to Toledo, she continued her service to others, volunteering with Catholic Charities, Gesu Church, and the League of Women Voters. Through her work with the League, she worked on the campaign for Wildwood Park, and she became involved in civil rights projects and Toledo's Human Relations Advisory Board. In the 1960s, when Toledo's Fair Housing Center began to investigate discrimination in Toledo, she served as one of its first "decoys" for the Center's investigation of racism in rental decisions. She also worked as the producer of the League's public television program, "Voter's Voice," a debate program for local elections. Her children often came to the tapings, getting a bird's-eye view of local politics. In 1968, when her son, Michael, was 14, she introduced him to fellow Leaguer and local politico, Katie Eberle, encouraging Mike to work on Bobby Kennedy's presidential campaign.

The daughter of an amateur artist, Pat began her own career by painting a mural on the wall of her kitchen in Chicago and later on her dining room wall in Toledo. From 1968-78, Pat took art classes at the Toledo Museum of Art, and she took studio classes with Toledo's Walter Chapman and with Daniel Greene of New York. In 1989, her work was selected to appear in the show of the American Pastel Society in New York, New York and in the Kansas Pastel Society International Show. Two of her works were selected to appear at the Toledo Museum of Art, at the Toledo Area Artists Exhibition ("the May Show"). Her work appeared in numerous shows locally at the Museum, at the Spectrum Gallery, The Toledo Artists Club, Athena, and the Garden Gallery of Crosby Gardens. She won a Grumbacher Bronze in 1985, and she won numerous "best of show" and "people's choice" awards.

Many Toledoans see one of Pat's works daily: the delivery trucks of Al Peake and Sons (Daughter, Too) carry the portrait she did of "Daughter Too" eating an apple. Her professional portraits and her "Captured Moments" hang in dozens of homes across the United States, and formal portraits hang at both the University of Toledo and The Ohio State University.

Even as Pat's art work gained precedence, service was still a significant part of her life. She delivered meals for Mobile Meals for over thirty years, and she was a volunteer reader on the Sight Center's radio station for people with visual impairments. Pat and Ben were also active in the Christian Family Movement from the 1960s on, and they helped to develop the pre-Cana program for Gesu Parish and the Diocese of Toledo. Pat and Ben led Engaged Encounter weekend retreats, and counseled engaged couples through their church for many years.

Pat was preceded in death by her parents; by her son, John, who died of meningitis at the age of two; by her sister-in-law, Ann Beazley Rowe; and her brother-in-law, Joseph Panice. She is survived by her loving husband, Ben Beazley; by their children, Trish Beazley Sanders (Dick), Mike Beazley (Juliann Wood), and Mary Beth Beazley (David Pillion); by her brothers, Frank McNamara (Pat) and Jack McNamara (Joan), and sisters, Alice Lavin (Chuck) and Mary Panice; by grandchildren, Lisa Beazley Kling (T.J.), Jeff Beazley (Diana), Sarah Abu-Absi (Dan), Kate Beazley, Bethany Sanders, Ben Sanders (Allyson), Laura (Dave) Sanders, Betsy Pillion, and Annie Pillion, and great-grandchildren, Kylie, Andrew, Evan, and Mathew Beazley, Grady and Seamus Kling; and Sam and Mabel Abu-Absi. She also leaves her beloved sisters and brothers-in-law, Agnes and Bob O'Donnell, Joe and Pat Beazley, Helen and Joe Dunn, Ed and Renata Beazley, Rich and Judy Beazley, and Kathy and Ray Perek; as well as dozens of nieces and nephews and dear friends.

The family wishes to thank, in particular, Carol Kraus, Mary Ellen Brunner, Mary Ann Culpert, Sally Leopold, and Eileen Korhumel, who provided weekly respite care for Pat in her last years, and also the many others whose visits brightened Pat's days.

Those who wish to make contributions in Pat's honor may consider Gesu Church, Hospice of Northwest Ohio, or the Toledo Museum of Art. The family will accept visitors at Walker Funeral Home on Sylvania Avenue on Sunday, February 9, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Services will be at Gesu Church on Monday, February 10, at 11 a.m., with family visitation beginning at the church at 10 a.m. that morning. Interment will be private. Online condolences may be shared at

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Published in Toledo Blade on Feb. 7, 2014