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Patricia Marie McChesney

Patricia Marie McChesney, 78,  passed away in the early morning of May 31, 2022 in Hospice at her daughter’s Ipswich home. After a three year battle with MDS (myelodysplastic syndrome) she succumbed to complications.

Patricia was born August 28, 1943 in Los Angeles, CA. She was a lifelong nurse, working in fields including community health and Hospice, and later in her career returning for her master’s to work as a psychiatric nurse practitioner. She spent her life caring for others, and in every interaction displayed her profoundly kind and engaged nature, always empathetic and thoughtful.

She volunteered for the Citizen Review Board in Portland, OR; fostered several children, adopting one; was an active member of the Unitarian Church involved in multiple church committees and musical/choral groups; and financially supported several organizations dear to her heart, including the Humane Society and the ACLU. She was an avid reader of news, as well as non-fiction and fiction, with a library of 1,000’s of books and always a new one on the horizon. She surfed and lifeguarded  as a teenager in Southern California, carrying her love of the ocean all through her life. As the family (certified) genealogist, she traveled and researched, leading a family group twice to Rathlin Island off the coast of Ireland, from which ancestors emigrated in the 1870’s. She worked as a museum guide in Historic Deerfield, teaching open hearth cooking and other colonial traditions along with leading tours of the historic properties. Patricia was a gifted artist who used sketch and oil paint to capture her vision. She spent many hours in her later years writing, both as part of a group and in her own practice. Her writing was full of careful observations and quiet intelligence and insight, much like her. She joined a writing group in Ipswich, which she loved dearly.

She was beloved by her family for her strength, loyalty, kindness, and humor. She will be much missed,  by her daughter, who was by her side during her long illness and with whom she shared an exceptionally loving bond, by her son in law, who cherished her, and their three children, whose grandmother never missed a game, meet, or recital, even when her chronic illness made life difficult, along with her siblings, of whom two sisters were able to travel to be with her during her last illness. In her short time in Ipswich she came to love the town’s history and beauty, and made friends through her volunteering and socializing, especially at the COA, which she treasured. She leaves behind her daughter, Rachel Thompson of Ipswich, along with her husband, Dr. Jeffrey P. Thompson, and their children Grace, Lucy, and Gabriel; along with sisters Charlotte McCracken of Banning, CA; Mary Evans of Towanda, KS; Carolyn Phillips of Anaheim, CA; and Steve McChesney of CA. She was predeceased by her beloved parents Gerard D McChesney of Fullerton, CA, and Pauline McChesney (Morse).

A memorial service will be held later in the summer. Donations may be made to the MDS Foundation or the Humane Society of the United States. Private Arrangements are under the direction of the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich.


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