Patricia Robbins True of Brooksville passed away peacefully in her sleep on Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021. She was born in Tremont on Oct. 7, 1931, the daughter of Charlotte Reed Robbins and Colson Robbins. Family meant everything to Pat, and she remained close to her beloved mother and her brother George, and her Reed aunts, uncles and cousins throughout her life. She counted her sisters-in-law in the True family among her closest friends.
Pat was a brilliant student who graduated from Pemetic High School as the Class of 1950 valedictorian. She was elected president of her class at Husson College and served as national vice president of her service sorority. She received her Master’s in Education from Boston University, where she became a devoted Red Sox fan. One of the highlights of her second career as a law office administrator was meeting Dwight Evans annually, as her office handled his affairs.
With husband and partner Dale, Pat moved to New Hampshire, where they raised two daughters and made a positive impact on the upbringing of countless young people. Pat’s kitchen was the neighborhood gathering place. Pat welcomed her daughters’ friends, members of the church family and folks in need of her kind yet firm mothering into her home. Beloved cats were ever-present. As the wife of a pastor, holding a full-time job of her own, Pat was constantly busy, doing it all with grace, superb organization and on time.
A lifelong educator, Pat successfully taught many teenagers and Husson students to type in the years before computers and texting came along, and instilled professional work ethics and strong business skills along with a disdain for correction fluid. Pat also taught in adult education programs and served as the advisor to the business students’ organization, for which she was recognized by the state of New Hampshire.
Vacations meant cross-country skiing, road trips with family and welcoming friends to the house on the Bagaduce River to relax on the deck and watch for seals. Pat did need someone else to navigate on those road trips, though; some of her wrong turns became family legends.
Pat loved roses, gardening, music and books. While her whoopie pies and apple coffee cakes were epic, she was somewhat less fond of cooking. British sitcoms, competitive figure skating, “Jeopardy” and police procedurals were her favorite TV entertainment. The Tournament of Roses Parade was on Pat’s calendar every year. Her favorite ice cream was the orange-pineapple soft serve at the Bagaduce Lunch. Pat loved to annoy her children in their teen years by singing along to the Top 40 on the radio. She regularly crushed any and all challengers who tried to best her in Scrabble.
In retirement, Pat was an active member of the First Congregational Church of Blue Hill, serving many years in lay leadership roles. She volunteered with the Community Meals program and the Brooksville Library. She tutored young readers at the Brooksville Elementary School and enjoyed working with younger children after years of teaching teenagers. Pat served as secretary of the Brooksville Historical Society and was a founding board member for the Brooksville Education Foundation. She enjoyed her monthly lunch dates with the Hancock County Retired Teachers.
Pat leaves her daughters Elizabeth and Catherine, her granddaughter Mikayla, her brother George, many beloved nieces, nephews and cousins and innumerable dear friends.
Her daughters are immensely grateful to Pat’s personal caregivers Greta, Sarah, Courtney, and Wendy, and to the staff of Friendship Cottage, Island Nursing Home, Orono Commons and Northern Light Hospice for their kindness and care.
A celebration of Pat’s life will be held in the summer. The family suggests memorial gifts be made to the following organizations that were important to Pat: the Brooksville Free Public Library http://brooksvillelibrary.org/, or Tree of Life Food Pantry https://www.treeoflifepantry.org/ or Friendship Cottage https://www.downeastcommunitypartners.org/services/elder/friendship-cottage/donate-volunteer.php in Blue Hill.
Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 113 Franklin St., Ellsworth.
Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com.