PATTEN – Patricia Anne Adams passed away Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011, at a Bangor hospital, as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident that took place Friday, Oct. 28, 2011. Patricia was born June 10, 1944, at Madigan Hospital, Houlton, daughter of Robert and Minnie (Burpee) Adams.
She attended Patten schools and graduated with honors from Patten Academy in 1962. She attended nursing school in Presque Isle and graduated from Jacksonville College as a registered nurse. Patricia practiced her profession in Florida, Massachusetts, Washington, Virginia and Maine. She returned to her hometown in her retirement and lived in the family home on Cedar Street. "Trish" as she was called by family and friends, will be remembered by her longtime friends and neighbors, especially Cecily and Al MacKinnon, Sharon McPhee, Linda Faunce, Rodney Hall, Irene Campbell, Phyllis Middleton, and Ruby Grimes. She will also be sorely missed by her two rogue cats, Jakie and Susie. She will be lovingly remembered by her surviving family as a devoted sister with a generous heart and free spirit. It is heartening for us to know that Trish recently accepted Jesus as her personal saviour, which gave her a great measure of peace and serenity. Another bright spot in an otherwise sad event was the decision that she made to be an organ donor. The concept that a stranger’s life would perhaps be lengthened and enhanced by her transplant somehow makes her passing a less painful event for all of us.
Patricia is survived by her son, Mark A. Arthurs of Patten; brothers, Richard C. Adams of Maryland; brother, Donald L. Adams of Patten; sister, Roberta (Adams) Moore of Arizona; half sister, Lea (Adams) Reed of North Carolina; and nieces, Lisa Marie (Adams) San Martin of Massachusetts, Mary Anne Finnemore of Missouri and Alexandra A. Adams of Maryland. She is also survived by several great-nieces and cousins. Patricia was predeceased by her parents; maternal and paternal grandparents; and son, Matthew, who was stillborn. She was also predeceased by her husband, H.C. Arthurs, father of her son, Mark.
Friends may visit with family noon until time of funeral service 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at Stetson United Methodist Church, Patten, with Pastor David Dyrenforth officiating. A gathering of friends and family will take place after the services in the church vestry. Interment will be in the spring at Patten Village Cemetery. Donations in Trish’s memory may be sent to Stetson United Methodist Church, Patten, ME 04765.