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Patricia Valentine Roy


1941 - 2019
Patricia Valentine Roy Obituary
Patricia Valentine Roy

Santa Fe, NM - Patricia Roy, 78, passed away at home in Santa Fe, NM on Tuesday, June 4, 2019, shortly after being diagnosed with bile duct cancer. She was born in New York, NY on April 11, 1941.

She grew up in Dutchess County, NY, graduated from Syracuse University, and married David Roy, on Sept. 14, 1963. The two began a life full of adventures together, serving as Peace Corps volunteers in Ecuador ('63-65), moving to Washington, D.C., and both receiving graduate degrees from Indiana University.

A licensed Speech Pathologist, Pat began her career at the Francisca Racker Center (f/k/a Special Children's Center, Ithaca,NY), first as a therapist and then as Executive Director.

The family then moved to NJ, where Pat served as Director of the Speech and Audiology Department at JFK Medical Center, Edison, NJ. After Retiring in 1995, they returned to Ithaca/Trumansburg, NY, before settling in Santa Fe, NM in 2000.

A woman of great charm, warmth, caring, grace, and an enchanting smile, Pat touched the lives of everyone she encountered; she lived by the Golden Rule.

A consummate life-long learner, she studied many languages in addition to Spanish. She was a world traveler, an avid reader and book club member, amateur musician, gourmet cook, accomplished baker, lover of Latin American culture, a poet, and performer ofS plays with her grandson. An artist, she created an epic collection of colored ink drawings, watercolors, and traditional tin objects.

Pat leaves her lasting legacy in the hearts and minds of her devoted husband, David Roy; her daughter, Nicole Roy (husband Christopher Riley) and grandson Julian Riley of Ithaca, NY; her brother, James Valentine of Milan, NY; and her cherished aunt, Mary Lyle, as well as many close friends.

A celebration of her life, for family and friends, is being planned.
Published in Ithaca Journal on June 17, 2019
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