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Patricia O’Shaughnessy

Patricia Frances O’Shaughnessy, 85, of Irvington passed away on May 19, 2013. She was born in Phoenix, Arizona, and moved to Washington, D.C., as a child. She graduated from Immaculata Junior College and Dunbarton College, both in Washington, D.C., with degrees in art and English.

She was married to Charles Joseph “Bud” O’Shaughnessy for 49 years and together they raised five children, Kathleen (Scott) Kauffman of Topping, Elizabeth (Tom) Karaffa of Staunton, Lucille (John) Walker of White Stone, John (Nancy) O’Shaughnessy of White Stone, and Colleen (Laird) O’Rollins of Seattle.

While living in Washington, D.C., Pat worked at the Indonesian Embassy and NBC. She also managed the Corchrane Art Gallery in Georgetown, worked at Wesley Theological Seminary and in the corporate office of The Allied Stores. She was an active member of the Christ Child Society, a volunteer art teacher at Holy Redeemer School and a docent at the Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum. While a docent she became quite an expert on the travels of Lewis and Clark.

Pat and Bud retired to White Stone in 1987. Pat volunteered at Historic Christ Church. She also found her greatest muse to be the Northern Neck. She became involved with the Rappahannock Art League (RAL). As the RAL grew, she and fellow artists thought a gallery was needed to exhibit the work of the RAL members. Pat was instrumental in raising funds to establish the Rappahannock Art League Studio Gallery. She was an active volunteer at the gallery and enjoyed the camaraderie with fellow artists, particularly the experimental group.

Pat is survived by her five children; 17 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren (with two more on the way); her brothers, Thomas Sawyer of Delaware and John Sawyer of Florida; as well as a number of nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her husband Charles, who passed away in 2002; her brother, James Sawyer; and parents Grace and Francis.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 7, at the Church of the Visitation, Hartfield. A reception will follow at 12:30 p.m. at Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury, Irvington. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Rappahannock Art League’s Children’s Program, 19 North Main Street, Kilmarnock, VA 22482, in honor of Pat. 

posted 05.21.2013

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