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In Memory of

Patricia A. Sweatt

May 23, 1935 - March 13, 2017

Obituary


Windham - Patricia A. (Stanhope) Sweatt, daughter of William F. Stanhope and Violet E. (Drown) Stanhope, widow of Robert V. Sweatt, died peacefully, at 81, on March 13, 2017, at Gosnell Hospice House in Scarborough, after a short illness.

Patricia ("Pat") was born into and surrounded herself with her large family. Her greatest joy and her greatest pride was her family and she was most happy when they were all together or when visiting her individually. She made the most of each family encounter. She reveled in the accomplishments of her children and...

Windham - Patricia A. (Stanhope) Sweatt, daughter of William F. Stanhope and Violet E. (Drown) Stanhope, widow of Robert V. Sweatt, died peacefully, at 81, on March 13, 2017, at Gosnell Hospice House in Scarborough, after a short illness.

Patricia ("Pat") was born into and surrounded herself with her large family. Her greatest joy and her greatest pride was her family and she was most happy when they were all together or when visiting her individually. She made the most of each family encounter. She reveled in the accomplishments of her children and grandchildren and absolutely adored all of her great-grandchildren. She was protective of all her family. She further enjoyed visits and dinners with her surviving brother Jim, and his wife Donna. She relished their mutual history and long-term companionship.

Patricia enjoyed watching her children and grandchildren compete in Little League, and high school and college athletics. She encouraged them and cheered them on. She followed college and professional football and basketball, and enjoyed watching games with her children. She endured the pain of any parent losing a child, when her son Bob died of cancer as a young man. While raising her children, Pat formed her own commercial cleaning business, retiring after three decades, following her husband's illness and death. She mentored her young employees and remained friends with them, and her clients, well beyond retirement. She modeled determination and hard work, traits carried on today by her children.

Shortly after the death of her husband, Patricia pulled up roots, leaving Portland where, until then, she had lived her entire life and where she raised her family, retiring to Windham. She lived there until her recent illness. There she enjoyed the peace and tranquility of the country, the horses, turkeys and wildlife, stating that she "didn't deserve" such a lovely home and how much her husband "Bob" would have enjoyed living there with her. In her retirement, she enjoyed carousing, shopping, and enjoying various restaurants with her friends Anna Hight and Pam Sharpe. Patricia was predeceased by her parents; her husband; her son Robert; sisters Marion, Lorraine, Maureen and Jean; and brothers William, Robert, Edward, Raymond and Lawrence.

Patricia is survived by son Michael (Marie Davis) and children Matthew, Sarah and Emily; daughter Barbara (Michel Fleury) and children Jessica, Vanessa and Peter; daughter Patricia (Rick Dutton) and son Nicholas; Christopher (Lori Keller) and children Stephen and Abbie; James (Lisa Coburn); Corey and his children Zachrey and Morghan; and daughter-in-law Marie (Pagliarulo) Sweatt and children Matthew, Joseph and Brittany. She is also survived by her brother and sister-in-law, James and Donna Stanhope; great-grandchildren Allyson, Zoe, Max, Maeve and Dominic; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Jones, Rich & Barnes Funeral Home, 199 Woodford St., Portland, Thursday, March 30, from 4-6 p.m.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated Friday, March 31, at 10 a.m. at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 307 Congress St., Portland.

Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, South Portland.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Center for Grieving Children 555 Congress Street Portland, ME 04101