Patricia (Pat) Swallow Pease died peacefully on July 31 in the nursing center at Carleton-Willard Village in Bedford. She was 104.

She was born on December 2, 1917 in Yorkshire, England, the youngest of Frederick Colin Swallow and Margaret Horn Swallow’s seven children, She was educated at boarding school and trained in acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

In 1939, she joined the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force. Through a mutual friend she met her husband, Hoyt C. Pease, when he was on business in England for Stanley Works. When he returned to the U.S., he cabled a marriage proposal that she accepted and she sailed in a convoy to the U.S. They married in 1940 and lived in New Britain, Conn. for 63 years. They raised three children: Herbert H. (Bart) Pease II (now deceased), F. Colin Pease and Samuel C. Pease.

Pat was an active volunteer in her community. She worked at the volunteer information desk at the New Britain General Hospital for 50 years and later volunteered at Emerson Hospital in Concord when she was into her 90s. She was also co-founder and active member of the New Britain Repertory Theater, starring in many of their productions, and she and her husband were members of the First Church of Christ Congregational. She also patiently attended Yale-Harvard football games and boat races for the 64 years she was married to Hoyt.

She was a beloved mother and friend. Her love of life was unmatched. She played tennis in Bermuda, skied in Vt. and the Alps, and loved cooking for and entertaining friends and family, which she seemed to do effortlessly.

Pat and Hoyt’s extended family spent much of their summers in Harthaven. In the early 1960s, she wanted to move to Chilmark, which reminded her of Yorkshire, and she rented a house without telling the rest of the family. After two weeks, her children agreed that it was the most wonderful place ever. Hoyt and Pat later built Swallow’s Way on South Road, and it was her favorite place on earth.

After her husband died in 2004, Pat moved to Concord to live at Concord Greene. In 2016, at the age of 98, she moved into an apartment at Carleton-Willard.

She was quick to share her sharp wit and wisdom. She valued good sense, proper enunciation and medium level Scotch. Her joyful sense of the ridiculous was with her until the end. In whatever medical situation she found herself, she was not going to let it diminish her sense of style, fashion or her stalwart character. She constantly thanked people for their help.

She leaves behind a grateful family who will miss her very much. She is survived by Colin and Pam Pease, Sam and Sarah Pease, grandchildren Andrew, Grafton, Molly, Abby, Sarah, and Thomas, and 15 great-grandchildren. She delighted in all the kids and prayed for each great-grandchild by name each morning.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 10 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church in Concord. Interment at Abel’s Hill Cemetery in Chilmark will be held privately in September. A celebration of her life will take place next summer at Swallow’s Way at a date and time to be determined.

Memorial donations can be made to the Chilmark Pond Foundation, 455 State Road, PMB #384, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568,

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