Patricia was born on July 1, 1931 in Roxbury; she was the cherished daughter of the late Patrick and Sarah (Keane) White. Patricia grew up in Roxbury and graduated from High School.
Patricia married “her sweetheart” Earl A. Ellsworth, Jr. on July 31, 1950. The couple shared almost 60 years of marriage before his passing in 2009. Patricia and Earl moved to Wilmington on July 3, 1959, where they raised their large family of seven children: Lynne, Karen, Janet, Thomas, Nancy, Maria and Paul.
Patricia’s life was centered on her family; she was a devoted mother who was proud of all her children and their various accomplishments. Her family fondly remembers her great “homemaking skills”; Patricia was a good cook who could whip up a meal in no time, she could make her home made jams out of just about anything, she was a talented seamstress who made many special outfits for her children and she tried her hand as a hairdresser by giving all the family haircuts. Patricia especially loved the holidays and special family celebrations; she loved to decorate for every holiday her favorite being Christmas and always came up with a great costume to dress up for Halloween.
Patricia’s grandchildren were the light of her life. She was so proud to be called “Nana.” She was always interested in what the grandchildren were doing; whether it was a school or sporting event Patricia was always there. She just couldn’t get enough of them.
Following Earl’s retirement, Patricia and Earl enjoyed traveling and sharing their stories of adventure with family and friends; but some of their fondest memories were the family trips to Castle Island in South Boston.
In her spare time, Patricia loved to keep herself busy by doing puzzles, crosswords, watching Wheel of Fortune, adding to her doll collection, feeding the birds, and her favorite hobby was reading. Patricia was very talented at crocheting and she made countless Afghans for family and friends that will be treasured for years to come.
Patricia was a woman of great faith and she loved God; when the Ellsworth’s first moved to Wilmington they were a very active part of St. Thomas Church where they brought up their children but as the years passed they were assigned to the new parish of Wilmington which was St. Dorothy’s at the time. Patricia and Earl quickly became active members of the Parish attending daily Mass and involving themselves in many penny sales, minstrel shows, and church fund raisers.
Patricia will be remembered for her great sense of humor and her witty personality; Patricia was a prankster at heart who loved to make people laugh. Patricia will be remembered as a “one of a kind” wife, mom, nana, and friend who will be truly missed by all who loved her.
Patricia was the beloved wife of the late Earl A. Ellsworth, Jr., devoted mother of Lynne D’Errico & her husband Larry of Tewksbury, Karen Colliton & her husband Kevin of Chelmsford, Janet Mahoney & Jack Whitehouse of Wilmington, Thomas Ellsworth & his wife Deborah Rousseaux of Wilmington, Nancy Blanco & her husband Paul of Chelmsford, Maria Schacht & her husband Paul of Londonderry, NH and Paul Ellsworth & his wife Elizabeth of Burlington, loving “Nana” of 15 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren, cherished daughter of the late Patrick and Sarah (Keane) White.
Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rt. 62), Wilmington on Monday, November 24th from 10:00 – 11:45 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St., (Rt. 38), Wilmington at 12:00 noon. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery,Wilmington.