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“I met Pat over 30 years ago when I was working for A T & T and her company was having a new phone system installed. As Pat walked toward me with her...Read More »
1 of 19 | Posted by: Dina Cavalieri - NH - Friend

“I got to know Pat when calling the Mystic Chorale information line. Her welcome and words of encouragement were something I'll never forget. Her...Read More »
2 of 19 | Posted by: Susanna Peyton - lexington, MA

“Hugs and love to Val, and to the rest of the family. I treasure the memories I have with Pat and hope I can carry her laugh with me always. What a...Read More »
3 of 19 | Posted by: Elsea - Veronica, CA

“Patty may you and Ginny find happiness as sisters in Heaven. I was one of Ginny's friends and we visited you together at your school.Miss you and...Read More »
4 of 19 | Posted by: Elaine Lauretti Tosh - IL

“Condolences to Val and to Pat's family and friends. Pat was such a force in the Mystic Chorale and will be missed. I will miss her cheery...Read More »
5 of 19 | Posted by: Donna Ferullo - Watertown, MA

“Dear Family, Valerie and Friends of Pat,My sincere condolences to you. I was deeply saddened by her loss. I've known Pat casually through the...Read More »
6 of 19 | Posted by: Rosemary Campobasso - Medford, MA

“As members of Mystic Chorale, Pat & I have know each other for over 20 years. In the chorale, we worked and sang together, and shared a LOT of...Read More »
7 of 19 | Posted by: Gail Sullivan - Randolph, MA

“Patty was one in a million. Her hearty laugh, heartfelt hugs, strong pure singing, and steady friendship could never be beat. Patty and I sat at the...Read More »
8 of 19 | Posted by: Ruthann Stiles - Hingham, MA

“I'm one of the many who had the pleasure of knowing Pat through Mystic Chorale. There would always be a fond hello, often a hug. We traded emails re:...Read More »
9 of 19 | Posted by: Arlyn Roffman - BELMONT, MA

“Patti, you are in Heaven with God the essence of Love. Now you can love forever. Sr Suzanne Fondini ”
10 of 19 | Posted by: Sister Suzanne Fondini,mfic - MA

“I've known Pat for over eighteen years, while singing together in the Mystic Chorale. I normally sat beside her on the front row. She was the last...Read More »
11 of 19 | Posted by: Scott L Sandler - Natick, MA

“No one could bring to life a Woody Guthrie, old Spiritual or Blues classic like Pat. Getting to the points in a Mystic Chorale performance where Pat...Read More »
12 of 19 | Posted by: Nancy Hewitt - Cambridge, MA

“I did not know Patty well, but whenever I saw her, she was always smiling and would give people hugs! ”
13 of 19 | Posted by: Kathleen Beach - Essex, VT

“I sang with Pat in the Mystic and I'll never forget her sweet voice, her hugs or her hearty laughter. I hope happy memories are a comfort to Val,...Read More »
14 of 19 | Posted by: Jo Craig - Arlington, MA - Friend

“I met Pat through singing in the Mystic Chorale years ago. When the fourth graders at the Wilmington, MA school where I worked were reading a story...Read More »
15 of 19 | Posted by: Karen Grossman - Arlington, MA

“Pat. One of the loveliest and loving people in the world. I don't think I've known anybody with as much spirit s she had. It showed in everything she...Read More »
16 of 19 | Posted by: Joan Goodman - Arlington, MA

“I was lucky to have grown up with Patty as my next door neighbor and everyone who knew her loved her. She was smart, kind, funny and a beautiful soul...Read More »
17 of 19 | Posted by: Kathy Donnelly Frothingham - NH

“I was lucky enough to frequently sit with Pat and Penny Boyatt at Mystic Chorale rehearsals. I got to know her better through our conversations...Read More »
18 of 19 | Posted by: Jeanie Taylor - Jamaica Plain, MA

“Dear Val, Stanley, Irene, John and family and friends,I have known Pat for almost 50 years. I met her at St. Paul's Guild for the blind, next door...Read More »
19 of 19 | Posted by: Patricia Coyle - Tenafly, NJ

Patty Mitchell knew that when she gave a hug…which was often if not always…in return she received a hug! It was a win-win! Loving, social and affable by nature Pat loved life and the people in it. She knew life was too short to not tell the people in it she loved them. Her middle initial is 'A' and perhaps that is synonymous with her personality…affectionate!

Born on July 6, 1950 in Malden she was a daughter of the late Stanley G. and Margaret (Barry) Mitchell Sr. Patty attended and graduated from the Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown and later earned her Associate degree from Chamberlain Junior College. 

It was at Perkins where her friendship began with Valerie M. 'Val' Duclos. Love is not blind and Patty knew that Val would be the person with whom she would want to grow old together. It was a bouquet of freesia flowers that helped solidify the relationship when she appeared at her door with them. Neither could see the flowers but they could appreciate the simple gift and the fragrance…perfection! And after twenty-seven years together they made their commitment official on July 11, 2015 when they were married at Church of the Good Shepherd in Watertown. Thirty years together…literally guiding, supporting and loving one another…there is no greater gift. Love is love!

Pat died peacefully on Monday, February 4, 2019 in Miriam Boyd Parlin Hospice Residence in Wayland. She was 67.

She worked for over 35 years at MetLife as an administrative assistant and receptionist. She then took a position at her alma mater, The Perkins School, where she was responsible for calling the many generous donors to personally thank them on behalf of the school for their donations. Instilled in her was the virtue of giving without remembering and taking without forgetting!

To say Patty loved music is an understatement. Where words fail…music speaks! She loved all genre but most special was country. Wynonna Judd was her favorite and in her memory bank is the concert where she was able to meet and be photographed with Wynonna! She sang for years with the Mystic Chorale of Arlington and in the Presbyterian Church of Newton and St. Clements Church in Somerville. Patty also found pleasure in the read of a great book and remaining in touch with as many as possible through email and her computer.

In addition to her wife, Val, she leaves her siblings, Stanley G. Mitchell (late Sandra) of Billerica, Irene M. O'Donnell of Swanzey, NH and John B. Mitchell (Tara) of Stoneham; nieces & nephews and much loved guide dogs, Mallory and Indra.

Patty was also the sister of the late Ginny Riley.

Family and friends will honor and remember Patricia's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Sunday, February 10th from 2 to 5 p.m. and again on Monday when her funeral service will be held at 12 Noon. Burial will follow in Grove Hill Cemetery, Waltham.

Honor Patty's memory. Give those you know and love a hug.

Memorials in her name to the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, Inc., 371 East Jericho Turnpike, Smithtown, NY 11787-2976 or Perkins School for the Blind, 175 North Beacon St, Watertown, MA 02472.

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