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Whitten Monelison Chapel

3966 South Amherst Highway, Madison Heights, VA

OBITUARY

Patricia Ware Gowen

January 3, 1952May 30, 2019
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Patricia Ware Gowen, 67, of Amherst, passed away on Thursday, May 30, 2019 with her family and close friends by her side at UVA Medical Center. She was the loving wife of Thomas Earl Gowen for 47 years.

Born on January 3, 1952 in Lynchburg, she was the daughter of the late Glenn Fleming Ware, Jr. and the late Mary Odell Johnson Ware. Patricia was a generous, loving, and caring wife and mother to her family and many friends. She was a retired MICU nurse with 25 years of service at Centra Health in Lynchburg and loved her work as a nurse. She enjoyed many wonderful patients and friends that she made over the years there.

Patricia is survived by her husband, Thomas Gowen; two sons, Nathan Gowen and wife Nancy Ann of Zion Crossroads, VA and Brandon Gowen and girlfriend Celia Gilbert of Louisa, VA; two grandchildren, Noah Gowen and Madison Gowen; brother, Phillip G. Ware of Amherst; close life-long friend, Elizabeth “Betsy” Ellington of Amherst; two special MICU nurses and friends, Judy Bradley of Forest and Sharon Bradley of Rustburg; and numerous other family members and friends.

The family would like to extend a thank you to the UVA SICU and MICU units and to the doctors and nurses for their extraordinate care during Patricia’s illness. They would also like to extend a special thank you to close friends and fellow MICU nurses, Judy and Sharon, for their care, to doctor trips, and being by her side at the hospital and home during Patricia’s illness.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 pm on Monday, June 3, 2019 at Whitten Monelison Chapel.

A celebration of life service will be held at 2 pm on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church in Amherst with Rev. Bob Parks officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like you to consider memorial contributions to UVA Transplant Patient Assistance Fund, C/O Transplant Administration, PO Box 800265, Charlottesville, VA 22908.

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Services

  • Visitation Monday, June 3, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Tuesday, June 4, 2019

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Ed Harvey

June 2, 2019

Tommy and family:
I am sorry to read of Patsy’s passing. Patsy and I were friends in elementary and high school. Her parents, especially her mother and your mother Tommy, were such good friends to my mother. My mother always thought so much of Patsy. Just to let you know, I am thinking of you and your family at this time.
Ed Harvey

Van Johnson

June 1, 2019

Patsy will be missed greatly. I have lots of fond memories of sitting and talking to her and Tommy. Every conversation ended with laughter. I feel blessed to have known and been one of her friends.

Sarah Stover

June 1, 2019

My heart aches and I have been shedding many tears for my sweet friend Pat. I miss her laugh and her smile. She has always been such a dear friend to me. We met in MICU and stayed friends for years until her final days. I miss the 12-hour shifts we use to work together. We had so many laughs and she had the best sense of humor. Life seemed easier back in those days because of Pat. Then life became hard when my daughter was diagnosed with leukemia and I had to leave MICU. But, Pat and I remained friends. She always reached out to me. She was so good to me and my family. She was such a generous friend. She genuinely cared about my daughter Issy. She showed so much love and compassion. She cared about me and it is rare to find a good friend like her. She was even good to my family members she never knew. She would send clothes to my niece who was born 23 weeks prematurely. I can only hope to be half the woman she was. She will forever be my dear friend. We have texted and messaged each other over the years probably for hundreds of hours. The messages became shorter and shorter towards her sickest days. I wish I could have been with her more towards the end. I only got to see her a couple times the past few weeks. I’m extremely thankful for her husband Tommy, who called and gave me updates. I’m so thankful for Judy Bradley and Betsy Ellington. You both are God sent. You have gone above and beyond as a friend to Pat. Knowing Pat had you both was comforting. The other friends mentioned in the obituary I do not think I have met. But, I heard a lot about you from Pat. She loved her friends like they were family. She especially loved her sons, Brandon and Nathan, and Nathan’s wife, Nancy Ann. She loved and was so proud of her her grand babies, Madison and Noah. They had her heart. I will forever miss her. I love you Pat. There will never be another you!

Elsie (LC) Montgomery

June 1, 2019

Pat was such a wonderful and caring friend. We had many a long night “text fest”when neither of us could sleep. We shared our family triumphs, concerns and worries. I trusted her confidence completely as I know she did mine. During these times I found that Pat possessed a unique and hilarious personality. Pat was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, nurse and friend. She was loved by many and will be missed by many more. Rest In Peace and fly with the angels my sweet, caring, funny lady friend. I will miss our talks but I will miss you more.

Gloria Fortune

May 31, 2019

Love and miss you Pat ., my very dear friend .

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