Patricia R. Mead was born to Daniel and Julia Ryan on February 21,1944 at Mt. Kisco Hospital.
On March 23, 2020, after a 10-year struggle with dementia, Pat slipped the surly bonds of earth. She died peacefully in her home surrounded by loved ones. Only then did she escape the ravages of her disease.
During her long fight to stay with us she defined character and goodness until her last breath. Each day of that fight she demonstrated a profound toughness that inspired all who witnessed her struggle. There was never a stronger warrior.
Earlier in life she survived the loss of her first husband, Stephen Archer when he was killed in a motorcycle accident.
Pat worked at Northern Westchester Hospital for many years where she exemplified dedication and loyalty that coupled with her kindness and private nature made her a unique soul.
In life Pat displayed grace and poise in all circumstances and brought out the best in all of us.
Pat has a son, Ryan who was born in 1975. As a single mother, with the support of her family, she gave Ryan a wonderful childhood. She loved Ryan with all her heart and soul, he brought her much joy both as a child and later as an adult. He never abandoned her, nor she, him.
She had a huge heart and had enough love to marry David M. Mead in 1987. David had fallen in love with her at first sight. Together, she led us to grow deeper in love and in caring.
She grew in many ways during the following years, she had a clear mind and gave insightful counsel when appropriate. She became an advocate for animals, she saved scores of abandoned cats, or as we would say, cats that had hit the jackpot. Birds would fly in from miles around to feed in our backyard. Some how word seemed to get out that “she never runs out”. Pat did the same for Ryan and David for many years. Because of her both David and Ryan enjoyed wonderful years of love, happiness and peace. This was her true gift to the world. Her corner of the world was a much better place than it would have been if not for her. It Was privilege to know her and an honor to love her.
Pat is survived by her husband David, her son Ryan, her sister Joan Debello and her granddaughter Julieanne, two nieces and several cousins.
In her honor, please be kind to animals, feed the birds and always try to make your corner of the world a little better.
We will miss her forever. She was a delight.