More Obituaries for Patricia Walmsley
Looking for an obituary for a different person with this name?

Patricia Marie Walmsley

1941 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Patricia Marie Walmsley Obituary
Patricia Marie Walmsley

Peoria, AZ - Patricia Marie Walmsley died Aug. 7, 2018, from the devastating neurological disease Progressive Supranuclear Palsy. She was 76.

Pat was born Oct. 10, 1941, in Boston, the first of two daughters to Joseph Conroy and Mary Marie McKinnon. Raised a staunch Catholic in the Boston suburb of Brighton, Pat's early life was rocked by the sudden death of her mother from equine encephalitis when she was six years old.

Pat was raised primarily by her mother's parents, Prince Edward Island immigrants Raymond and Mary McKinnon, in a sprawling house on Parsons Street, where she quickly learned to take care of herself. She began work at a neighborhood grocery store at 14, and after 12 years of parochial education at Saint Columbkille School ditched her plans of becoming a nun and at 19 jumped on an airplane and headed with her cousin Babe to Los Angeles. She never looked back.

Pat was a penniless bank teller at Bank of America in Hollywood when she met Richard Portman, a sound man who worked at the movie studio across the street. They eventually married and on New Year's Day 1970, Pat gave birth to her only child, Jennifer Marie. The couple divorced in 1978 and Pat moved with her daughter to Park City, Utah, where she learned to hang wallpaper and got her real estate license.

Pat's travels in the West would take her to Phoenix - where she set her gaze upon another Richard - a fellow realtor and her future husband Richard Walmsley. The couple moved to Las Vegas and their success as new home salespeople grew as the desert valley burgeoned. They hoped their retirement would be one of travel and toasts at sunset, but the creeping, incurable disease of PSP would rob them of that happy ending. No one was less deserving of such a cruel fate.

While Pat's passing brought a welcome end to her suffering, her loss has left a void for those who loved and survive her: husband, Richard; sister Kathleen; daughter Jennifer and grandson, Avery. Also left to miss kind and sweet Pat are Richard's children Shannon, Tiffany and Ryan, their spouses and their children.

As were her wishes, Pat's remains will aid researchers seeking knowledge of and better treatments for PSP. Heartfelt thanks to all the amazing people who helped care for our special lady. For more information on the disease or to donate to the cause, visit
Published in Tallahassee Democrat on Aug. 12, 2018
Read More
More Information