OBITUARY

Patricia Ann Gantt

September 22, 1935January 25, 2021
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Patricia Ann McGinn Dellinger Gantt, age 85, died Monday January 25, 2021 at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory. Born September 22, 1935 in Statesville, NC; she was the daughter of the late Hugh Thomas and Frances Ann Cline McGinn. A former Miss Reunion, Pat married into the US Air Force twice. Her career as an officer’s wife took her to such exotic locations as Yakota, Japan; Minot, ND; Knob Noster, MO; Omaha, NE and Riverside, CA. Regardless of where the family landed, she was a devoted mother involved in her boys' extra-curricular activities, her community and her church. Upon their retirement from the USAF, the Gantt family returned home to Newton where Pat joined the staff of the Newton-Conover school system. Pat was an avid bridge player and gained notoriety for her killer bridge instincts. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands, Dwight Bayne Dellinger and Jack Clay Gantt; a brother, Thomas Monroe McGinn and two sisters, Caroline Jane McGinn Caplen and Sandra Cline McGinn Morrison Hill. Pat is survived by three sons, Kyle Dellinger (Nancy) of Cary, NC; John Gantt (Pete) of Port Charlotte, FL and Tom Gantt (Dee) of Blowing Rock, NC; 2 cherished grandchildren, Connor Gantt and Addie Gantt; and an abundance of well-loved nieces and nephews who span the globe. The family would like to express their appreciation to Maria Peeler, Beth and Lauren McCaslin for their support and assistance with the day to day tasks for the last several years. A graveside service will be held at 2 pm on Monday, February 1, 2021 at Southside Cemetery in Newton, NC. The Rev. Joshua Sherfey will officiate. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made to Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministry, 245 East N St, Newton, NC 28658 or to First United Methodist Church, PO Box 926, Newton, NC 28658.

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  • Graveside Service

    Monday, February 1, 2021

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Cindy Caplen

February 1, 2021

Dear Kyle, John, and Tom,
Your momma was the matriarch of our extended family. Her love and kindness to all of her nieces and nephews was special. She kept us all in her prayers and always wanted to know how we were doing.
Your mom will always be my Dear Aunt Patty.
I so look forward to seeing my Aunt Patty again in the great reunion to come, together with all who have placed their trust in our Lord Jesus.
God's love and peace to you all,
Cindy

Cindy Caplen

February 1, 2021

Cindy Bensen (Jones)

February 1, 2021

Pat was one of the sweetest ladies I ever met. I recall fond memories like attending the senior prom with John and Tom escorting me in homecoming. Pat always had the kindest words in every situation. My Mom spoke to Pat on occasion and kept me informed of the Gantt family. Pat will be missed dearly! I am truly sorry for your loss..

Jean Childs

February 1, 2021

Pat called me one day and said underneath her laughter, “Jeannie, I just want you to know you’d better be careful what you pray for. I’d been thinking how I might give more time to the church, so I prayed to God to show me where I might use my talents to benefit others at the church. Lo and behold, I got a phone call from Louise Barkley awhile ago, and here’s what she said, “ ‘Pat, I’m resigning as president of United Methodist Women and I want to know if you’d like to take over as president. You’d be perfect for the job.’ “ Pat laughed and laughed and with a smile in her voice said, “How could I possibly tell Louise no? Then I told God I’ll be more careful what I pray for next time!” Pat went on to be a very effective leader in her role as president of Methodist Women, serving for several years.

The FAMILY

January 31, 2021

Peter Mccoy

January 31, 2021

Pat, (AKA) mom, had an inexhaustible supply of smiles which she graciously shared with anyone and everyone, she, by default chose to share joy and a welcoming spirit to anyone who passed through her doors, and never short of time to engage with her family or guests. And with dose of sweetness.
A soul to be marveled!

John Gantt

January 31, 2021

Whenever mom visited us in Florida, Peter would always make her a morning Cappuccino!

John Gantt

January 31, 2021

John Gantt

January 31, 2021

John Gantt

January 31, 2021

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