Patricia Barrett Geraghty
1939 - 2020
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Patricia Barrett Geraghty

Patricia Jane Katherine Geraghty died peacefully on August 22, 2020. On April 4, 1939 at Seattle's Providence Hospital, Harriet and Ralph (Cy) Barrett welcomed her into the world.

Patty grew up on Capitol Hill and like her mother, she attended Forest Ridge Convent, graduating in 1956. It was there the roots of her deep Catholic faith and lifelong friendships were set. She earned her teaching certificate and Master's Degree in South American History from Seattle University.

Patty was introduced to Patrick A. Geraghty, Jr. at a CYO Valentine's Day Dance. They were married at St. Joseph's Catholic Church on August 26, 1961.

Patty and Pat loved children as witnessed by their large and extended family. Patty was an adoptive mother and mentor to many throughout her lifetime. While having six children of her own, one of her greatest joys was her role as the American mother of Peter Gishuru. Peter arrived at the Geraghty home at age 16 from Kenya to attend O'Dea High School.

Patty taught at St. Joseph's School for 30 years. She believed First Grade was one of the most important years in education, and was so proud of all who passed through 1A. Teaching brought her joy, personal and professional satisfaction, and a lifetime of friendships. Patty was active throughout her life in charitable organizations benefitting children.

Rolling Bay was where Patty felt most at home: the cool Puget Sound breeze, the waves washing upon the beach, crab, clams, containers full of flowers, the dock, long conversations and laughter with the non-stop stream of friends and family.

Patty is survived by her children Katie (Tom Ostrom), Tim, John (Melissa), Joan, Anita (Joseph Mucia), Richard (Michelle), and Peter (Njambi) Gishuru; eleven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; her brother, John Barrett (Gail); and siblings by marriage. She joins her husband Patrick and sister Louise in heaven.

A Rosary will be held virtually on

Friday, August 28 at 7:00 pm.

Her funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday, August 29

at 2:00 pm at St. Joseph's with

her immediate family in

attendance. Livestreaming will be

available @ 2pm via the St. Joseph

Parish YouTube channel. Contact

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to: Advocacy and Caring for Children, In Memory of Patricia Geraghty, Member of the Lilly Peabody Circle, 100 23rd Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98144.

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Guest Book at

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Published in The Seattle Times from Aug. 27 to Aug. 28, 2020.
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January 2, 2021
I’m so sad to learn of Patty’s passing. We taught together at St. Joseph’s. She was grade 1a and we met during my first year teaching. I had a split 1/2 classroom. I recall clearly how deeply afraid she was of rodents. When a student would bring a hamster for show and tell, she would come to my classroom and read to my students while I went to her room to handle the rodent show and tell. One winter we returned from winter break to find her closet had been infested by mice. I swear she wanted to stand on her desk! So many beautiful memories of this wonderful, loving woman. RIP my dear friend.
September 5, 2020
I remember one Halloween when I went over to go trick or treating with Anita. Patty was the nicest mom and you felt the love in that home. Whenever you saw her she always had a smile and your day was a little better after being around her. God bless the family and my prayers go out to you.
JJ Benson (Naes)
September 3, 2020
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Lois Ballard
September 3, 2020
A wonderful, generous and thoughtful lady. You always felt the warmth of love of both her and her husband no matter the function. Great memories ❤.Love and prayers, Lois
Lois Ballard-Stephenson
August 31, 2020
My family and I had the great pleasure of knowing your Mother via St. Joseph School, she was my daughter Emma’s first grade teacher. Our family has so many wonderful memories both in school/church and at the cabin. Best days ever, being at “sand dollar” heaven and enjoying your Dad’s clam chowder! Your Mother was truly a beloved and blessed woman. We love you Mrs. Geraghty Ted, Jane, Emma & Tori.
Jane Mueller
August 31, 2020
A Blessing to her family and all of us that experienced her .companionship.

Tom and Cindy Morrow
August 30, 2020
Hi Patricia. How's Heaven?
Robert Casey
August 30, 2020
What a magnificent life! Peace to you Patty.
Reed and Julia Smith
Reed Smith
August 29, 2020
I first knew Patty and Pat because he was an alum counselor at CYO Camp when I was a teen. One of my happiest memories is a work party at Gallagher, when Anita, in kindergarten, taught me my favorite Halloween song. I went on to teach that song to 40 years of students! Patty and I were colleagues for a few months when I subbed for Mary G. when she had her first set of twins. I've seen Patty around the credit union and neighborhood stores, and at the Seniors' Masses and Luncheons. I loved her 80th birthday party! Patty's finest legacy is her fabulous family. You are all a great tribute to her! If I can be half the hostess at my cabin that she was at hers, my guests will be well welcomed. Love to all of you! Treasure your memories and stay close to each other! Kisses and hugs!
Mimi Krsak
August 29, 2020
My deepest condolences to the Geraghty family. I was lucky enough to have her as my 1st grade Teacher at St. Joseph 39-40 yrs ago. I can’t say I remember a lot from those early years as a student but what I do remember is how very nice, friendly, supportive, and caring she was as a Teacher. She was a constant figure at the the school from when I started to when I graduated 8th grade. Very sad to hear she has passed away and may she Rest In Peace.
Jeff Cawaling
August 29, 2020
Desancansa en paz querida Patty! Siempre te recordare con mucho cariño por ser una linda persona y haberme abierto las puertas de tu casa cuando vivi en Seattle! Mis condolencias para toda la familia,!
August 29, 2020
Thank you, Geraghty Clan, for inviting us to Patty's funeral Mass. I am sorry I could not attend in person and offer each of you my condolences personally.
I first met Patty when she was teaching my nephews in 1A. They loved their teacher and wanted everyone to meet her. Fifteen years later, when my three sons attended St. Joseph, I let Mr. Hofbauer know that I wanted them to be assigned to Miss Geraghty's 1A. I was her room parent each year, and I can happily say that I learned as much or more than her students did. She had a way about her. She could teach everyone about life, love and happiness without ever letting on that you were being offered the most important lesson of your life. I cherished your Mother and it was well known that she cherished each one of you.
I celebrate Patty for her gifts of love, laughter, faith, generosity and patience. I thank her for being my friend and teacher!
May Patty's love fill your hearts and souls with joy for a life well lived. May Patty work through all of us for Peace!
We hold you all in our love,
The Caruso Family
Maureen, Tyler, Ian, Ryan and Colin
Maureen Caruso
August 29, 2020
Over many years, as a colleague and friend, I watched her spread her boundless love, light, compassion, and faith particularly among her first-graders. She personified the noblest qualities in a human being - an incredible role model for her little ones. Condolences to all her family.
Ina Bray
August 29, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Jane and karanja
August 28, 2020
Dear family Geraghty,
Pat n' Patty were the best neighbors we ever had! Bern Herbolsheimer and I lived on the corner in the little Tudor. Their warm-hearted invitations to Geraghty House functions, made us feel a part of a great neighborhood community and an amazing family. Their tender attention to the elderly neighbor lady who lived between our two homes was a model of neighborly kindness and a continuing inspiration to me.

At the Cathedral I loved seeing Patrick and Patricia in attendance. I knew I would be getting a sweet (and always encouraging) post-Mass or post-concert greeting from them.

James Savage
James Savage
August 28, 2020
What a remarkable life. Condolences to the family.
Lois Boubong
August 27, 2020
You built a beautiful family and a beautiful life, Patty. To Tim and family, you have our loving condolences. You are a testament to your mother’s love and joy.
Kari King
August 27, 2020
Patty filled everyone with joy and light wherever she went. We are lucky to have had her as a beloved member of our family, and will always remember her kindness and generosity, her smile, and the music of her laughter.
Tom, Sally, Nora, & Tobin Bowers
August 27, 2020
I will always remember our conversations and friendship...
Stephen R. pace
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