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Patricia L. Ackrell


1937 - 2016 Obituary Condolences Gallery
Patricia L. Ackrell Obituary
Patricia Lee (McMillen) Ackrell, born Nov. 2, 1937, passed away Monday, June 27, 2016, surrounded by family at her home in San Rafael, Calif. Born and raised on a farm in Bridgeville, Pat realized her deep passion for travel by first joining BOAC (now British Airways) and then working in the travel and group tour industry locally. Prior to settling in California, the family lived in Honolulu, Hawaii and Leicester, England. She lived in Marin County in the same home, which she loved, for the past 43 years. By the time she was 25 years old, she had already traveled throughout Europe and had visited Morocco, India and Japan. She traveled extensively for work, but also made numerous trips with her family - visiting too many places to count but including China, Peru, Sweden and the Galapagos. She spent her last Christmas with family in London - three great weeks in her favorite city abroad. Pat had a great spirit of adventure and would try everything once - whether herding reindeer and eating whale blubber in Alaska, helping deliver mail above the Arctic Circle, walking the Great Wall of China, cruising on the Nile, taking the Concorde, motorbiking in Marrakesh, skiing in the Alps, or sledding and kayaking in Lake Tahoe - not too bad for a farm girl. Pat is survived by Brian, her beloved husband of 52 years; her two devoted sons and daughters-in-law, Mark and Tarja, of Austin, Texas, and Mike and Wendy, of San Francisco, Calif., along with her cherished granddaughter, Bellamy; and brother, Jim and sister-in-law, Debby of Stuart, Fla. She loved being Tutu (Grandma), and was mom to many. She was a wonderful, devoted daughter and sister. She was a passionate fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pirates and Penguins. She would read the sports section before work to have something new to talk about with her boys at dinner. Pat was always laughing and such a supportive listener. She had a gift for happiness and an appreciation for life's small pleasures. Universally loved and the most selfless, calm and gentle of women, she will be sorely missed by relatives and friends around the globe. With respect, and in lieu of flowers, the family requests any donations be made to Pat's favorite charity, Mainstay Life Services, c/o Development Dept., 200 Roessler Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15220. Please note "In Memory of Patricia Ackrell" on any donations.
The family is planning to hold a celebration of life later this year.
Published in Bridgeville on July 14, 2016
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