Albright (Costello) (Magley), Patricia Patricia Jean Costello Magley Albright was born March 11, 1935 in Patton, Pennsylvania. The daughter of Josephine and Ralph Costello, Pat became the first of her family to graduate college, obtaining her Bachelor of Nursing from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. She settled in Ebensburg, Pennsylvania with Dr. Robert C. Magley and had 4 children, Scott, Karen, Ellen, and Stephen. Pat embarked on a career in emergency medicine, first as an EMT and later as a paramedic running with the Ebensburg Area Ambulance Association. She served as the Pre-hospital Trauma Coordinator and Flight Nurse for Conemaugh Hospital in Johnstown for more than 20 years. Pat was instrumental in raising the quality of pre-hospital trauma care in Central Pennsylvania, serving on the statewide committee to set minimum standards for ambulance services and personnel. For much of her career, she traveled across the country to disaster locations, offering her expertise, skill, and compassion to those in greatest need. In 2013, Pat married her high school sweetheart, Bill Albright and moved to Jackson, Michigan. She grew to love everything about life in Michigan – beer from her hand-blown mug at Jackson's Poison Frog Brewery with her choir friends, cherries in Traverse City, Petoskey stones from Fishtown, and endless sunsets on Lake Leelanau. To Pat, a singer, instrumentalist, choir and bell choir director, music was a passion that flowed from her like breath. Music, she felt, connected us all. She infused classical music, from the radio and the baby grand piano in her home, into the lives of her children and grandchildren. A fierce love of family and desire to help those around her fueled Pat's life. She felt deeply the trauma suffered by friends and those she did not know. A constant, pressing responsibility to improve the world propelled her. She was a woman of faith who believed in using her life to glorify and improve God's creation. Pat baked pies and bread from recipes her grandmother and mother perfected on wood-burning stoves. She loved to garden and cook and prided herself on never entertaining with a dish previously made. Hers was a temple of love, compassion, and growth full of good food and stories and an ever-curious mind. She is preceded in death by her daughter Karen, her father Ralph, and her mother Josephine. Pat is survived by her three children Scott (Sandy), Ellen (David), and Stephen (Betsy), her husband Bill, her grandchildren Samuel (Rachel), Douglas (Summer), Jenelle (Adam), Mackenzie (Mario), Max, Micah, Marcus, Lyra, Benjamin, Jacob, David (Madeline), Daniel (Stacy), Nathan, Zoe, Aiden, and great-grandchildren Landon, Madison, Landon, Leann, and Nolan, and Bill's children Matthew (Julie) and Michael and grandchildren Andrew and Katie. Pat's family thanks her Allegiance health care team and the angels at Vista Grande Villa who diligently cared for her and grew to love her wit, humor and compassion. Memorial services will take place August 7 at 11 a.m. in Jackson, MI at First Presbyterian Church, 743 W. Michigan Avenue, Jackson, MI and on August 14 at 11 a.m. in Ebensburg, PA at Ebensburg Presbyterian Church. Luncheons will follow the celebrations of her life. The family is collecting memories of Pat's life at [email protected]
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Published by Jackson Citizen Patriot from Jul. 22 to Jul. 25, 2021.