Patricia Jane W. Gant, 94, a longtime Red Hook resident, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Thursday, October 28, 2021.
Born in Camden, NJ, she was the daughter of the late Russell and Erma (Zane) Walklett of Haddon Heights, NJ. Pat graduated with her Masters from Douglas College and spent her career as teacher and mother. Pat married Dr. Kenneth A. Gant in May of 1951. Patricia and Kenneth moved to Potsdam, NY where they were very involved in SUNY Potsdam and Trinity Church. They loved playing bridge, attending sporting events and enjoying the company of close friends. Ken predeceased her on Nov. 22, 2005.
Pat is survived by her loving daughter, Melinda Riggs and her husband John of New Hamburg, NY; her grandchildren, Jennifer Cunningham and her husband, Bryan of New York, NY and their daughter Alexandra Jane, Brian Cunningham of Bellevue, WA, and Morgan Riggs of Hyde Park, NY. Her daughter, grandchildren, and great grandchild were her pride and joy. Patricia is also survived by her cousins Barbara Rell, Richard Ewan, and Breta (Hoy) Pennington.
In Potsdam and in Red Hook, Pat spent much of her time involved in her community. She was on the Vestry at both Trinity Church of Potsdam, NY and Christ Church of Red Hook, NY where she also served as chair of the Alter Guild, stewardship Secretary, and prior clerk of the Vestry. She was an active member of the P.E.O. serving as the Treasurer and Correspondence Secretary. Pat served on the board of directors of the Children's home, acting as president in 1999. Pat was also an active member of the Red Hook Exercise Group leading classes until 2021.
Pat's fondest memories were those shared with her family, especially "down the shore" in Avalon, NJ where time passed slowly by. She loved reading on the beach, watching the sunset, and sitting on the porch enjoying the smell of the seashore.
Memorial donations may be made in Patricia's memory to Christ Church, 7423 S. Broadway, Red Hook, NY 12571.
Friends may call at the Burnett & White Funeral Homes on Wednesday, November 3rd, 2021 from 10:00AM to 11:30AM.
Funeral services will be held at 12:00PM on Wednesday, November 3rd, 2021 at Christ Church, Red Hook. Brother Randy Greve will officiate. Burial will be at St. John's Episcopal Cemetery, Barrytown.
Arrangements are under the direction of Burnett & White Funeral Homes 7461 S. Broadway, Red Hook, NY.