Patricia Echerd Urquhart
March 19, 1938 – October 31, 2020
Patricia Echerd Urquhart, 82, passed away October 31, 2020 of natural causes in Orange Park, Fla.
Patti was born March 19, 1938 in Statesville, N.C. to James Franklin Echerd and Margaret Lentz Echerd. The family moved to Jacksonville Beach during WWII for Jim to work in the Jacksonville Shipyard. Patti graduated from Fletcher High School in 1956, and attended Florida State University for a year before marrying. She worked in the Florida Governor’s office until relocating to Washington, D.C. to work at the National Governor’s Conference. Her work particularly involved liaison with the States’ First Ladies and the national scene. She worked there for 16 years before remarrying and relocating with Charles Urquhart to Hartford, Conn. where she developed a wonderful relationship with her step-daughters Debora and Diann, and granddaughters Tonya and Kaitlyn. But Patti never lost her love of Florida and they relocated to Orange Park in 1993, and Patti’s mother joined her back in Florida late in her life. Patti was widowed in 2008. She met Bob Hales in 2010 and they have enjoyed family and travel in the ensuing years, especially cruises with family and fall foliage in Gatlinburg, Tenn.
Patti is survived by her brother Mike Echerd and his wife Cindy of League City, Tx, and nephews Lee and James, Lee’s wife Kristin, and grandnieces Madeline, Charlotte, and Catherine. She has cousins Nancy Harris, Grace Dorsey, Tony Lentz, and Dianne Howren. She is preceded by husband Bob, who passed just seven days prior to her death.
Patti will be buried with Mom and Dad at Oakwood Cemetery in Statesville, N.C. There will be a graveside service there, timing to be determined.
Arrangement by HARDAGE-GIDDENS HOLLY HILL FUNERAL HOME, 3601 Old Jennings Rd, Middleburg, FL 32068.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Patricia Echerd Urquhart
Ann Floyd Nicholson
November 4, 2020
Pat and I were lifelong friends. We met in 1st or 2nd grade and always had classes together in school until we graduated from high school. We were close friends. Growing up together, we shared all the joys and anguish of girlhood and teen-age years.
After high school, we went our separate ways but stayed in touch sporadically through the years. When we hit the age of 60, we started getting together annually with our other school "best friend" and had several years of great trips together.
We always sent birthday and Christmas cards to each other, and called on special occasions. It was one of those friendships that was always current, no matter how long ago we had been in touch.
I have treasured her friendship for 75 years and will certainly miss her.