In Her Words
Candid profiles of strength told by the women of Northbridge
Throughout the month of March we have collaborated to celebrate Women’s History Month and the rich history of the amazing women living in our communities. Their candid stories are brimming over with love, happiness, passion, family values and the markings of individuals who have truly lived well and loved life.
Patricia’s Story (Resident of Avita of Stroudwater)
What is your name?
What are the names of your parents and brothers and sisters?
I have three step siblings and a sister, Sally who is wonderful and we have such a special bond.
How did your parents choose your name? Does it have a special meaning? Did you have any nicknames?
My father loved the name Patricia, my first name is really Mary but let’s not talk about that...
When and where were you born?
I was born in Westbrook, Maine in 1938
What kinds of things did your family do together when you were young?
My dad used to take me down to his job where he made cookies and that was always my favorite thing to do. He would always bring me home cookies after work too, I always loved that.
What did you love to do with your friends?
When I was little I lived in an area where there was a lot of kids so we would just play outdoor games mostly. As I got older in Junior High School I met a girl who would always invite me over to her house and she became one of my best friends. I currently have a friend named Bobbi who had been so loyal to me I couldn’t ask for a better friend!
What schools did you attend? What were your favorite subjects?
I went to Portland High School and my favorite subject was Art class. I must say I wasn’t very good at first but I learned with time.
If married, what is/was your husbands name? How did he propose?
My husband’s name is Rodney Drown and I feel very lucky we both get to enjoy the comfort of Avita together. We were out on a date and there were a couple of friends with us as soon as we got home he pulled out the ring and the first thing I said was, “You want to marry me?” He laughed and I said YES!
What are your children’s names?
I have two daughters, Debra and Suzanne.
What are some special memories you have about your children?
One of my favorite memories is dropping them off at school, they were frightened at first but I held them tight holding them was my favorite part.
Where have you lived?
My husband was in the Coast Guard so we moved to many different places including Hawaii, Rockland, Marshall Point Headlight and many more. It was always fun to travel and see new places. But Marshall Point was my favorite watching the ocean and my kids were able to go to school there.
Have you had jobs? Who did your work for and what did you do?
I worked in a bank and was a book keeper.
What are your hidden talents?
I like to draw both of my daughters are artists so maybe they get that from me! I guess my hidden talent would be my singing, I know how to make anyone cry.
What did you do to get through the difficult times in your life?
I decided I was worth it and I could be wonderful in life.
Do you have holiday traditions? What do you do for the holidays?
Christmas and birthdays are my favorite. I love to get presents and make a nice cake. My daughter Suzanne makes the best chocolate chip cookies.
What are some of your favorite things?
I love to knit it makes me happy.
Foods- Steak and Fish
What are some personal experiences that have especially touched your heart?
Having my daughters changed my entire life. I feel like the luckiest person ever.
What are your favorite thing to do now?
I love knitting and staying busy, sitting around is for the birds.
What are your favorite experiences to partake in at your community?
I love the people. The people that work here are wonderful and it makes my life easier.
What do you hope for your children and grandchildren?
I hope they get everything in life they want, they are all wonderful.
What is your biggest piece of advice?
Be yourself, it makes you strong.
Sum your personality up in one word...