WESTFIELD – Patricia M. “Patsy” Elliott, 62, a recently retired Professor of Mathematics at Holyoke Community College for 23 years, passed away Wednesday, quietly in her sleep at her home in Westfield. Born and raised in Westfield, Patsy attended St. Mary’s Grammar School and St. Mary’s High School, graduating in 1974. She attended St. Joseph College in West Hartford, CT, graduating with her Bachelors of Science in Mathematics in 1978 and went on to earn her Master’s Degree in Mathematics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1984. She taught for several years in the 1980s at the former Cathedral High School in Springfield. Despite having Multiple Sclerosis for the last 25 years, she never let it get in the way of living her life on her terms. She was an excellent gardener, especially when it came to herbs and tomatoes. She loved to read; the walls of her home were lined with bookcases and she was a force to be reckoned with at used book sales. Both stand as testaments to that fact. In more recent years, she took to antiquing, collecting everything from tea cups to a full dining room set, eagerly showing off her latest finds to friends and family. Above all, she loved her family, especially her children, to whom she devoted her life.
Patsy leaves a son, Joshua and his wife, Danielle, of Goffstown, N.H.; a daughter, Sarah K. McDonald and her husband, Matthew, of Derry N.H.; her mother Rosemary Elliott, of Westfield; two sisters, Eileen Pearce and her husband, Robert, of Windsor Locks, C.T., and Sheila Elliott, her wife, Marie LaMontagne, of Northampton; one grandchild, Elliana S. McDonald, and many nieces, nephews, and great nephews. She was predeceased by her father William E. and brother Steven G. Elliott in 2008. She will be sadly missed. Visiting hours are Monday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Firtion-Adams Funeral Home, 76 Broad St., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 1:00 p.m. in St. Mary Church, 30 Bartlett St, both in Westfield. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery at 203 Southampton Rd, also in Westfield. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Westfield Regional Animal Shelter, 178 Apremont Way, Westfield, MA