Patricia Ellen Ford died March 3, 2021 at the age of 90. She was born in Elyria, OH on a beautiful sunny day as the oldest daughter of Patrick and Virginia Radican. She grew up there and graduated from Elyria High School. She spent her freshman year of college at St. Mary’s of the Springs College in Columbus, OH. She then transferred to the University of Dayton where she received her BS degree in Business Administration. She was the Homecoming Queen at UD in 1950.
After graduation she worked at the Standard Register Company in Dayton as the Assistant to the Vice President of Labor Relations and then as the Executive Assistant to the Secretary /Treasurer.
Patricia met the love of her life, David, in college and they married after he obtained his Master’s Degree in Hospital Administration. In light of the job opportunities for David she was very fortunate to have lived in Dayton, New Rochelle, NY and Nashville before settling in Phoenix in 1991.
After the children were in college she continued to use her business background and experience working in real estate, fundraising, college guidance counseling and ombudsman programs. She was a member of the Christ Child Society for almost 40 years. It was her privilege to serve in every imaginable capacity and some that she couldn’t even imagine. She was also Chairperson of the Phoenix Fire Department’s Baby Shots Immunization Program of which she was particularly proud.
She was fortunate to travel to dozens of countries and had wonderful memories of her trips to all parts of the world as well as the friendships she made on those trips. One of her special memories was her trip to Ireland with her four children to celebrate her 75th birthday. She often wondered how they all survived in a minivan for 8 days driving all over Ireland.
Her belief was always that education is endless and can be as broadening as you care to make it no matter how young or old you are.
Patricia was blessed with four children: David (Kris), Daniel (Kathy), Nanette and Tim along with 6 grandchildren: David (Christine), Caitlin (Tom), Patrick (Ashley), Shannon, Jordan and Juliet and 5 great grandchildren: Reagan, Avery, Kelly, Charlotte and Piper. They all serve as an everlasting example of what she and David built as a family.
She was the last of her siblings having been pre- deceased by her sister Nancy (Ron) and brothers Henry (Joanne) and John. Having joined them in Heaven we know they have welcomed her home.
My life has been full, I savored much, good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch. Perhaps my time seemed all too brief, don’t lengthen it now with undue grief. Lift up your hearts and peace to thee, God wanted me now, He set me free.
Memorials may be made to the ASPCA (search on Memorial donation) or the charity of your choice.
Funeral Service will be held on Friday, March 5, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 East Indian School Road, Phoenix. For those who wish to participate who cannot attend in person please view the live stream at 10:30 a.m. at: https://www.facebook.com/WhitneyMurphyFH/live/
I’m sorry for the loss of Mrs. Ford, such a fine human being with such a wonderful sense of humor. I’m glad to have known her and to have laughed with her- my thoughts are with the family.
elizabeth Coffman spehar
My sincerest sympathies to the whole Ford family. Mrs. Ford welcomed all people with an open heart and mind. Sweet, sincere, and classy. She will be remembered in the fondest of ways. What a lovely, kind, authentic, thoughtful lady. May God hold her in the palm of his hand until we meet again.
Sarah and I loved Mrs. Ford! She deserves to go straight to heaven for putting up with Timmy all these years! Your family is in our prayers.
Sarah and David Ingram
Tim, such a loss when mom goes. We offer to you and your family our heartfelt condolences. May light perpetual shine upon her and her memory be a blessing.
Anthony Alberts cook
I will always remember her when she came to the terrace I care for her she would always ask me to get her some Oreo cookies before I leave I made her day by bring her a lot. Of them she only trust me she did grow trust for others but. I was her best. Caregiver
Mrs Ford was an amazing and strong woman. She had so much spirit and freely shared her laughter. My sincere condolences to the Ford Family. I will always remember our time in HCMC.
RIP beautiful soul Patricia, my warm regards to Ford’s family. She is a wonderful person who look forever young in my memories, with her kindness, she bright up the room and that picture still in my mind. My thought and warm hugs to your family xxx
Kim & Jamie Lovell
Jamie and I are so sorry for your loss. We truly lost an amazing person ,Mrs.Ford will be remembered by her beauty and spark of fire she had for living life to the fullest, and of course that never ending sweet tooth that she had. We will miss you.
My deepest sympathy to the Ford family on the loss of your mom.
Over time, your heart ache will slowly become a heart filled with fond memories.
May you be filled with love.
I was blessed to have known Mrs Ford and knowing her son Tim makes it clear she was a woman of great faith and even greater patience. Blessings on her soul above.
my thoughts are with her family….Jimmy Galle
So sorry for your loss of such amazing lady. The Shriners the Lamberts an Kathy all send their love!
Mrs. Ford was an amazing lady. Her sense of humor and the warm smile she shared with everyone will be missed. We are sorry for your loss. Condolences to the Ford family.
Ken and Nu Lowe
Pat was a lovely lady and will be missed much. I met her while photographing for Baby Shots and especially enjoyed traveling vicariously through her trips and seeing her pictures. May all the family enjoy the remembrances of her vibrant personality as you bid her adieu. I know she’s sitting on Jesus’ bed telling him stories. love Sukkhuan Pisano
Nanette, Tim and family,
My deepest sympathy for the passing of your mom. Mrs. Ford was a big part of your lives and I know you will feel the void. I always enjoyed celebrating Christmas with her and seeing her warm smile.
My deepest sympathy. When I think of Mrs Ford I always think of someone with a big smile and a kind heart. Though it wasn’t often enough, I always enjoyed time spent with her, Tim and the Ford family. Thinking of you guys!
Nanette & Tim,
My heartfelt condolences to you and your family for the loss of your mom. Although I never met her, the immense bond you had with her was apparent. May you find peace and strength during this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Pat and I worked on several Christ Child projects together over the years. She was a wonderful friend and such an accomplished lady. I am sorry to read of her passing and extend my sympathy to her family.
I met Pat at the Christ Child Society many years ago. Although I seldom saw her over the years, I could never forget her beautiful smile, her graciousness and her warmth. She was a model for Christian women everywhere and will now be rewarded in her eternal home in Heaven, where we all hope to be united again. R.I.P Pat, and God’s peace be with her family.
So sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. She was a sweet kind woman. God bless her with heaven, along side your father, and peace to you all.