Swan Funeral Home


Patricia Operhall McBeth

April 29, 1951January 29, 2021

It is with great sadness we must let her family and friends know that Patricia Operhall McBeth, who resided in Old Lyme, Connecticut passed away on Friday January 29th, 2021. Pat passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family. She struggled with complications from Covid-19 and ultimately God decided that he needs her in Heaven where she is freed from her earthly discomforts. Pat is survived by her husband, Robert Blair McBeth, Jr, her two daughters Sarah McBeth Henderson (husband Brian) and Caitlin McBeth Griswold (husband Ryan), her sister Judith Schaaf and five adoring grandchildren. Pat was predeceased by her parents Theodore and Joan Operhall. Pat was born in Detroit, Michigan on April 29th, 1951 where she fostered a love for music that she pursued at Interlochen Arts Academy. She continued her education at the University of Arizona where she graduated with a Master’s Degree in Special Education and a Bachelor of Arts. She spent her career as a tender, caring special education teacher in Arizona, Pennsylvania and Connecticut. Pat and her husband Blair were happily married nearly 45 years and enjoyed a life together full of love and family. They resided in Wilton, Connecticut where they raised their daughters and more recently retired in Old Lyme, Connecticut. Above all Pat loved being a mother and a wife. She was an outstanding cook, the most kind and generous friend and truly a beautiful person inside and out. Pat is without a doubt one of the finest human beings any of us have ever had the privilege of knowing. She had that special ability to touch the lives of everyone she knew. Her family members were blessed to feel her unconditional love, caring and thoughtful insights every day of their lives. She was a special person in life and now is our special Angel in spirit. She may be gone physically, but her legacy will live on in the hearts and minds of everyone that was blessed to know her.

A celebration of Pat’s extraordinary life will be planned for later this year when it is safe for people to gather again. In remembrance of Pat’s life, our family asks that any charitable donations be made to Feeding America ( through the site’s Giving in Memory page. Feeding America reflects Pat’s kind, thoughtful and generous nature.

May she rest in peace.


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Tami kitslaar

March 6, 2021

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March 6, 2021

Tami kitslaar

March 6, 2021

Tami Pitkin Kitslaar

March 2, 2021

One of our many birthday parties, my mom planned. Patty came to all of them. In loving memory

Tami Pitkin kitslaar

March 2, 2021

Patty and I were best friends from 1959 on. We played together, sailed on White Lake, went to square dances at the yacht club, had sleep overs in our backyards, skinny dipping in Lake Michigan. What a dear dear friend. I love her dearly. My prayers are with you Blair and your family

Patti Brown

February 15, 2021

Dear Blair, Caitlin and Sarah.
My heart breaks for you all. Please always remember Pat's twinkling smile which made everyone feel so comfortable and special. 
We met when Caitlin and Kendall were babies. I wish our paths had crossed more often through the years. 
The Brown family sends love and wishes for continued strength during this sad time of loss.
Patti Brown

Sharon Tracy

February 10, 2021

To Patty's family,
On behalf of the former Lyme/Old Lyme Child and Family Auxiliary, I extend our deepest condolences to the family.
Patty was a very willing participant in all our fundraising activities.
Her time and effort towards our endeavors was remarkable and greatly appreciated.
Sharon Tracy
Past President

Charles Prince

February 9, 2021

I am so sorry to learn about Pat. Sometimes life doesn't seem fair. Covid has been such a devastating disease.
You and your family will be in Audrey and my prayers.
Keep the faith.
Charlie and Audrey Prince

Laurie Walker

February 3, 2021

Patty would light up a room when she walked in, she was filled with love and laughter and joy and fun, always a smile on her face. We are heartbroken to learn of Patty’s passing. She will be missed by so many who adored her, especially her beautiful and loving family. May happy memories sustain us during these difficult days.

Greg and Karen Daignault

February 2, 2021

Blair and family,
We were so shocked and saddened to hear of Pat’s sudden passing.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Greg and Karen Daignault