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Patricia A. Richmond

February 23, 1933 - May 11, 2020

Patricia A. Richmond of Concordville, Pennsylvania entered the life eternal on May 11, 2020.

A native of Newton, Massachusetts, Pattie was born to the late Haven W. and Virginia Hatch Andrews. At an early age she recognized an interest in working with children and upon graduation from Newton High School studied at Wheelock College in Brookline, majoring in Early Childhood Education. Following graduation, she accepted a teaching position in the public schools of Darien, Connecticut. It was here that she met her husband of 64 years, Bob.

After five years of teaching, Pattie became a full-time homemaker and raised two fine children. The family moved to Montgomery County, Maryland and lived in Damascus for a few years. Their next move brought them to Wilmington, Delaware where Pattie and Bob lived for 42 years, first in the Westwood Manor neighborhood of Brandywine Hundred for a quarter century. As empty-nesters they downsized to an apartment on the banks of the Brandywine River in downtown Wilmington and enjoyed city life.

During her Delaware residency Pattie taught Kindergarten in the Mount Pleasant and Brandywine School districts for 25 years. In four schools she cherished the relationships developed with teachers, students and parents and maintained contact with several during her retirement years. In these latter years, Pattie worked at the Wilmington Montessori School and later volunteered in an afterschool program at Debnam House in Brandywine Village. In Wilmington, she volunteered as a hostess at the Blood Bank of Delaware where she enjoyed meeting many interesting people. Pattie was a member of The Episcopal Church of Ss. Andrew & Matthew and its predecessor parish for 53 years, volunteering there from time to time.

In 2008 the Richmonds moved to Maris Grove, an independent living community in Concordville, where she made new friendships and participated in community events. Friends and family from far and near gathered here to celebrate Pattie’s 80th birthday.

Pattie was a sports fan, first supporting the Boston Red Sox and later the Phillies teams. She also enjoyed listening to classical music, attending live theater performances and traveling with her husband, Bob. As a grandmother, Pattie continued to fulfill her lifelong love of child care.

In addition to her husband, W. Roberts “Bob” Richmond, Pattie is survived by son, Paul Stuart Richmond of Bend, Oregon and daughter, Susan Johnson (Peter) of Minneapolis, Minnesota; grandchildren, Austin, Evan and Marjorie Johnson; brother, Haven W. Andrews, Jr. of Maine; and sisters, Betsy MacDonald of Maine and Charlotte Pacelli of Connecticut.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, services and interment will be held at a later date.

Friends recall Pattie as a sweet person with a warm smile. If you wish to remember Pattie in a tangible way, contributions in her memory may be sent to Parkinson’s Foundation at www.parkinson.org or Friendship House, 720 N. Orange Street, Wilmington, DE 19801.

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12 Guestbook messages for Patricia A. Richmond

  • Dear Bob, celebrate your memories, and in those memories may you find comfort. Wanda (SsAM)

  • Bob and family, Lionel and I send our heartfelt sorrow and prayers of comfort to you. We loved Pattie and Bob. May God be with you at this time.
    Pat & Lionel Hampton
    SsAM members.

  • Dear Family, as a member of the Hatch family I feel proud to be related to Aunt Pattie. She gave me a listening ear, homemade strawberry ice cream and unconditional love. I will always be grateful for the times we spent together over the past 50 plus years.

  • I knew Mrs. Richmond for years. She was a such a kind and caring woman. May she rest in peace.

  • So sorry Stu and family may she Rest In Peace and reap the rewards she has earned while here on earth! 😥🙏🕊

  • Sue, I am sorry to see this. Thinking of you.

  • I am thinking of you and yours,Sue.I remember your Mom and how sweet she always was. I lost my Mom just over a year ago and it is still fresh.As a wise friend of mine said-it doesn’t matter how old they are…

  • Thinking especially of you, Susie (as I knew you) and, of course, your whole family at this sad time. Kate brought your Mom’s obituary to my attention. She and I would see each other long after you girls weren’t getting together – usually at the grocery store. We always stopped to chat and I always enjoyed her.

  • Pattie and I worked together at Wilmington Montessori School.
    She loved being a teacher because she loved children! Her smile and positive outlook were an inspiration!
    How fortunate for WMS that she was with us! Sending prayers and condolence to Pattie’s family.

  • Mrs Richmond taught me kindergarten at Edgemoor Elementary School in 1970-1971 school year. I still can remember going to her house for the end of the year picnic in Edgewood hills. It’s been a many many years since I saw her. But it was after she had moved out of Edgewood hills into the condominium. I saw her at Bellevue State Park for a concert we talked before the concert started. She remembered me I thought it was remarkable. I had not seen her from many many many years. I always liked her as a teacher. At times would see her in the yard as I walked or rode my bike through a neighborhood. I’m sorry for your loss but she touched a lot of kids in the Hillcrest Area. She definitely made a difference. I am truly sorry for your loss.
    Mark Thompson

  • They say you can choose your friends but you can’t choose your relatives. We are fortunate that, in Pattie we had both. She will surely be missed.

  • We will all miss Pattie very much. She was a lovely and kind person. I will miss her lovely smile and chatting with her as we passed in the hall here at Maris Grove. May you, Bob, and your family be comforted knowing that Pattie is in a better place and free of pain. May she rest In Peace. Marilyn Stevens