Patricia Janet Peterson
April 23, 1929 – July 8, 2020
Yarmouth, ME- Patricia J. Peterson, 91, of Yarmouth, passed away on July 8, 2020 at Gosnell House in Scarborough. She was born Patricia Janet Jarvis in Bangor on April 23, 1929, the youngest of three children of Henry C. and Leola (Hurd) Jarvis. She graduated from Bangor High School in the class of 1947 and that summer entered the old Maine General Hospital School of Nursing in Portland, now the Maine Medical Center. It was there that she met her future husband, Richard E. Peterson, Sr., whose mother was a patient under her care. They were married on April 9, 1949.
Patricia was a devoted wife and mother who, after raising her three children, became very active in the volunteer program at the Maine Medical Center. She could regularly be seen over fifteen years at the Bramhall Information Desk at the hospital.
Patricia was an avid duplicate bridge player and competed in many tournaments throughout the state during the 1960s and 1970s. She was a member of the American Contract Bridge League and the Women’s Literary Union. She was also a firm believer in the value of regular exercise and committed herself to daily 3-mile walks as far back as the 1960s, long before the emergence of walking as a popular physical activity. She maintained this exercise routine for 30 years.
In addition to being a devoted mother and great supporter of her husband and children, Patricia enjoyed playing cribbage and Scrabble, and doing all the puzzles in the daily newspaper. She and her husband enjoyed attending musical theater in Maine, as well as seeing Broadway musicals during many September trips to New York City. They also enjoyed other trips to Montreal, New Orleans, Washington DC, San Francisco, and Bermuda.
She was an avid Red Sox fan and a great follower of professional golf tournaments, especially enjoying the Masters tournament each year. She was a loyal and trusted friend to those who knew her and loved sending off handwritten notes to family and friends.
She was pre-deceased in 2010 by her husband of 61 years, Richard E. Peterson, Sr., in 1996 by her brother, Philip O. Jarvis of Bangor, and in 2020 by her sister, Barbara Dunlevy of Worthington, Massachusetts. She is survived by two sons: Richard E. Peterson, Jr. and his wife Carolyn of Gorham; and Paul F. Peterson of Scarborough; and by one daughter, Karen Peterson Green and her husband Stephen E. Green of South Portland.
Also surviving are: three grandsons, Matthew T. Green and his wife Kathleen of South Portland, Brian E. Green and his wife Sylvia of South Portland, and Andrew S. Green of Scarborough; one granddaughter, Kate Peterson Merrow and her husband Peter Merrow of Gorham; five great-grandchildren, Nicholas Green, Kelsey Green, and Kaitlyn Green, all of South Portland, and Samuel Merrow and Allison Merrow of Gorham; and four nieces and nephews.
In accordance with Patricia’s wishes, services will be private.
Please visit www.lindquistfuneralhome.com to sign Patricia’s online guest book.
In lieu of flowers, Patricia requested donations to Hospice of Southern Maine.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Patricia Janet Peterson
July 22, 2020
I have lost the best telephone friend and aunt ever. We would talk for almost an hour weekly about family and jointly interesting subjects , including the Red Sox , childhood memories , and even politics. She was only 11 yrs my senior and 11 yrs younger than her closest sibling. I will never forget her and look forward to seeing her again.
Doug and Connie Libby
July 13, 2020
Our deepest condolences on the death of your mother and grandmother. We remember her thoughtfulness at the times of our marriage, the birth of our children, and most recently, the birth of our grandson. It was a blessing that she was engaged in life to the very end. Take comfort from each other during this difficult time.
July 13, 2020
I was saddened and surprised to read of Pat's sudden death. I will miss her periodic calls, reminisce about our days in nursing school, an occasional reunion, and Pat was always interested in hearing about our mutual friends. I loved her inquiring mind, and remember her recommendation to me of a book on civility.
To all of Pat's family may your hearts be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
And now, dear Pat may your rest in peace.
July 11, 2020
Aunt Pat was a wonderful relative. She was smart, interesting, and always full of life. She helped me learn exciting family history (both her's and my Mom's), like about her home in Bangor, childhood adventures in Winn and Portland, the University of Maine, Nursing Schools, South Portland, her daughter Karen's connections in Hawaii, and Cape Elizabeth w/the ocean. Wow. Being from the hills of western Mass, I always loved the ocean and lighthouses in Maine. In fact, I took the picture, which is included in this obituary, at the Lobster Shack, when Aunt Pat and Uncle Dick took my 2 daughters and myself to visit "Two Lights" and have lobster, by the ocean. What a great memory!
July 11, 2020
I will truly miss your special friendship we shared over the past few years; and all those lovely notes we exchanged.. how many times I told you what excellent penmanship you had! Talking with you was a real treat ; it always brightened my day ! You left so suddenly , no time for goodbyes....you will be missed.
My condolences to all and I pray God's blessings on the entire family during this difficult time.