Patricia O. Woods, 90, of Bradenton, Florida passed away peacefully on April 21, 2021. Born and raised in Rochester, New York, she was the daughter of the late Rose and Joseph O’Brien.
She attended Nazareth College where she obtained a music education degree. She met the love of her life, Raymond Woods, at a blind date mixer dance at Nazareth. Pat and Ray were married on June 21, 1951. The two were happily married for 45 years until his passing in 1996.
Pat touched the lives of so many children as she shared her love of music by teaching for 14 years at Neil Armstrong School in the Gates Chili School District. She spent summers in Old Forge on third lake in the Adirondacks taking in the natural beauty of upstate New York. She retired from teaching and moved to Florida where she again used her musical talents playing piano at several churches in the area and at numerous parties and holiday events. She was also a long time member of the Bay Chorale of Bradenton. She loved going on cruises and somehow turned this love of travel into a working position as the craft instructor as she sailed around the seas. She was an avid bridge player and it was outwardly known if you wanted to call yourself good at it, you had to beat Pat!!
She built long term friendships during every aspect of her life still spending time with college friends and neighbors from her early years. For the past 40 years, she enjoyed hosting and sharing time with anyone who came to Florida on vacation. She lived a full and active life surrounded by friends and family.
She is survived by her children: Kathy (Gil), Carol (Dave), Debbie (Spin), Lori (Mickey), Tim and Mary Ellen (Craig), 9 grandchildren: Debra, Joe, Danny, Jenny, Kelly, Katie, Emily, Kyle and Rachel, 6 great grandchildren: Brayden, Aiden, Addie, Tenley, Garen and Landon as well as many nieces and nephews.
She is predeceased by her parents, her husband, her only brother Bill and her daughter-in-law Debbie.
She was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt and friend. Forever in our hearts!
A small service to celebrate Pat’s life will take place at St. Pius Church on Chili Ave in Rochester, New York on August 28th at 9:30 am. Interment in Creekside Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to The American Cancer Society, PO Box 42040, Oklahoma City, OK 73123 or Nazareth College (Development Office) 4245 East Ave, Rochester, NY 14618 (Please add memo: Patricia O. Woods)