Published DatePERTH-ANDOVER, New Brunswick — Patricia Gilbert Allen died unexpectedly after a brief illness at Hotel Dieu of St-Joseph in Perth-Andover, New Brunswick on March 10, 2013 with her family at her side.
Patti was born at the Lakes Region General Hospital January 8th, 1948 in Laconia, New Hampshire, and was blessed to have a large loving family with which to grow.
Some of Patti's fondest childhood memories were singing with her family, swimming, water skiing, and chasing turtles at Silver Lake as well as many a country ride on her horses Nautalis and Shadow.
Patti attended St. John's School and graduated from Laconia High School in 1966 and then went on to graduate from Pierce College in 1968. Patti was hired by the Laconia Police Department and sworn in as the first female police officer in Laconia.
Patti married Tom Allen in 1970 and together they left city life and headed to Canada to make a life as homesteaders in the country.
Patti acquired a diverse number of talents and skills from plumbing to carpentry which she put to good use building the family home that her grandchildren now live in. Patti was an avid gardener and outdoors person-always hiking, biking, skiing, canoeing, and fishing.
Patti believed it took a community to raise a healthy happy child and she put tremendous amounts of energy into developing lifelong friendships with other young couples in her area which, in turn, created an environment where her children and other children could grow up with the input of many loving people.
Patti was a student of life and continuously read and learned about physical health and spiritual growth in order to grow and be a loving, caring person.
Patti gave of her time willingly and lovingly and volunteered as a board member for Falls Brook Centre for years and was a board member of the UCW in Lower Kintore. Patti also volunteered in recent years as the facilitator of the cooking club at Andover Elementary school.
Patti packed a lifetime of love and valuable input over the last ten years into her grandchildren and she devoted vast amounts of time and love into cooking, singing, fiddling, piano playing, reading, writing, canoeing, fishing, skiing, and gardening with them.
Patti is survived by her husband Tom Allen, son Garrett Allen and daughter Marguerite and her husband Kris Gallagher, grandchildren Aviahna and Kierem Gallagher, parents Rene and Elizabeth Gilbert, her sisters Lorraine, Cheryl, Carol, Ellen and Ruth and her brother David as well as numerous brother and sister-in-laws, nieces, and nephews.
Patti is pre-deceased by her brother John Gilbert, brother-in-law Phillip Allen, parents-in-law Lucille and Gary Allen and son-in-law Joseph Estes.
Patti's family and friends will miss her greatly. We love you!
A celebration of Patti's life will be held on April 7, 2013 at the Brunswick Funeral Home in Perth Andover, New Brunswick, Canada with a reception to follow at the United Church of Canada, Perth Andover, New Brunswick.