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Patricia Frances Blaine

November 12, 1952October 9, 2020
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Patricia Frances Blaine (“Pat”)

Patricia Frances Blaine (nee Conboy) was born on November 12, 1952, in Philadelphia, PA, and passed away on October 9, 2020, in Arlington, VA. Patricia’s immediate survivors are her husband, George; children, James, Jeremy, and Anne; Conboy family siblings, Eleanor, Marianne, Jerry, Tom, Kate, and Theresa; two aunts and numerous cousins. In addition, she is survived by her brother-in-law, Kevin, and sister-in-law, Christine.

Patricia was a Registered Nurse earning her license from The Medical College of Pennsylvania (now part of Drexel University) and her BSN from George Mason University. She worked as a nurse for nearly 45 years in several capacities at Georgetown University Hospital, Alexandria Hospital, Arlington Hospital (now Virginia Hospital Center), and Fairfax INOVA Hospital. For most of her career, Patricia was a hospice nurse and with Capital Caring and its predecessors. In addition, she worked with Arlington County to provide health care for homeless and needy citizens. Pat was also a very active community volunteer helping with projects for the PTA, scouts, sports, and church.

Pat was a loving spirit with a radiant and healing smile. Her dedication to nursing reflected her selfless caring, compassionate heart, and generous nature. She completely and thoroughly loved the family she nourished, and she cherished her scores of friends and colleagues. Pat believed in the dignity of humanity: she lived to help people through the best and the hardest of times. Her greatest joy was providing comfort to all she touched personally and professionally. As both a friend and a nurse, Pat supported hundreds of acquaintances, patients, and their families through the physical and emotional struggles of life and death. No effort in her quest to serve was ever too much.

Pat considered the environment as an integral part of humanity. Therefore, she reverently loved nature and thoroughly respected it. She was kind to all in creation – plant or animal, great or small. All who met Pat, especially dogs, immediately sensed her caring essence. The plants in her garden thrived for her.

Pat would have wished that those she enriched to continue caring for others by giving to worthy charities of their choice. She had many personal favorites. Contributions to Capital Caring would honor her memory and help continue what was her life’s work. See www.capitalcaring.org.

In addition, the Arlington Community Foundation has created a scholarship for nursing students in Pat Blaine’s name. See the foundation’s site for details on how to contribute: https://arlcf.fcsuite.com/erp/donate/create?funit_id=2023.

A visitation will be held Monday, October 19, 2020, from 4PM to 8PM at Murphy Funeral Home, Arlington, VA.

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Paula Dierkes

October 27, 2020

How do you share "a memory" when the past 30+ years are filled with them?? Pat and I met when our oldest sons were in the first grade. We became friends immediately. Over the years, we laughed and cried over our joys and sorrows and added more kids to our families. Life was chaotic, hectic and fun and we got through it all together. Pat seemed to know everything about anything. She was my go-to person for advice (especially medical). Our families clicked and we enjoyed getting together for trips, holidays and the spontaneous last minute dinners or happy hours. Pat was like a sister to me and her untimely death has put a huge hole in my heart. I will treasure all the memories we made together and will miss her forever. Pat was one of a kind and I was very lucky to be a part of her life.

Hilda Gyamfi

October 26, 2020

I met and know you for a short time but your beauty inside and outside, and Great sense of humor will stay with me for a long time. You may be gone from our sights but never gone from our hearts ♥️

Chip Cagle

October 20, 2020

As a former Executive Director and Pat's "boss," I wish for every manager to have a staff member like Pat. Often I would walk through INOVA Fairfax Hospital and when someone would see my Capital Caring name badge, they would excitedly say, "do you work with Pat Blaine!" They would then relay wonderful experiences of working with Pat. I echo their sentiments. Pat was a wonderful part of my life's journey, and for that I will always be grateful. Chip

Sharon Conboy

October 20, 2020

Dear Uncle George, James, Jeremy and Annie Aunt Pat was truly one of a kind and we always remember how she never failed to light up every room she entered with her warm smile. We will always cherish all of our times together especially at our wedding. Our thoughts are with you all and we send our love and hugs. We love you! Love Sharon and Jerry

Suzanne Richardson

October 19, 2020

Dear family of Pat Blaine,

I work for Capital Caring but only had the opportunity to meet her once or twice. Her reputation preceded her. I always heard great things about her. I am so sorry for your loss.

Suzanne Richardson

HANK WILLNER

October 19, 2020

Pat was a wonderful colleague, very supportive and always helpful. I haven't seen her in years , but remember her influence fondly.

ILeana Harbour

October 16, 2020

Dear Blaine Family,

I got to know Pat right at the end, I got to learn what an amazing woman she was, it appears that she Left a special touch in everything she did and everyone she met. Her presence and Ways that were bigger than life came through, she lighted the whole room when she smiled. I met her children, such special kids, and George her loving husband, he loved her so much and also her sister Kate and special friend Elizabeth. I am grateful for having spent some time with her in her last days, as one of her hospice nurses. May she Rest In Peace and her family receive the courage and strength necessary in the days ahead, specially George, who will miss her so much! It was an honor and privilege to have taken care of such a special woman and have shared with her amazing family at the end of her beautiful life! With love,

ILeana Harbour
Capital Caring Crisis Care nurse

Stan Seemann

October 16, 2020

My deepest sympathy on your loss.

Cynthia Todd

October 16, 2020

I remember when triage was working out of the Halquist center and I shared the office with Triage and got to see Pat every day, and loved to listen to the stories she told of her children and then could listen to her speaking with the family members who would call with question and her calm words of encouragement. I missed seeing her was we both moved to different areas in Hospice.

Robin Rodensky

October 15, 2020

It was heartbreaking to hear of Pat’s passing. Some of my happiest moments were sitting with Pat on cold bleachers watching our daughters play softball starting as little girls who barely knew what to do with their oversized gloves to fierce competitors as co-captains of the Yorktown HS softball team. Pat was always there with a smile on her face, kind words, a few sarcastic comments to add levity to tense moments, and love for everyone. I know I speak for the Arlington Girls Softball family from those many years ago - Pat will be sorely missed and may she Rest In Peace always. May her memories provide comfort to George, Annie and her two sons who she was so proud of but I never had a chance to meet.

Robin Rodensky

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