CLAREMONT — Patricia Ann "Pat" Ring Foss Cobb, age 84, of Claremont, formerly of Westfield, Massachusetts, went to her eternal home in Heaven on Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, at the McCall Hospice House in Simpsonville, South Carolina. Patricia was born on Oct. 9, 1935, to her late parents, Laurence F. Sr. and Luella W. (Abbott) Ring of Westfield, Massachusetts. Pat grew up in her loving family with four brothers and two sisters. They were very involved in the Methodist Church and enjoyed seeing grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and spending time with friends on Bates Street. Pat was always a good student and enjoyed high school. She spent all four years on the student council and served as student council president her senior year. She also spent all four years in the library club where her Aunt Jenny served as advisor. She had a great love of reading her entire life. Someone on the yearbook staff penned this poem about Pat: “Remember that there are none who’ve done as much as Pat has done!” This had proven true her whole life as she always worked very hard and taught her children to do likewise. During her senior year and after graduation, Pat served and worked in the Westfield State Sanatorium and Shurtleff Mission and was involved in the Springfield District Older Youth at church. She really enjoyed spending time at Laurel Park Cottages and campground and enjoyed taking her children back to visit. On Dec. 31, 1956, Patricia and Arthur went on a blind date. We heard many times that the following Sunday, they were worshiping together with the Ring family and the following week, with the Foss family. That continued every week until they married and went to their own church. Pat’s faith in Jesus Christ was always very important to her and she had always been part of a local church. In November 1990, surrounded by their children, Patricia and Arthur were baptized at Grace River Church. Patricia and Arthur married on May 23, 1959. During their marriage, they enjoyed raising their children, fine dining, traveling and skiing. They were happily married until Feb. 14, 1991, when Arthur died in a car accident. Fifteen years later, Pat was married a second time to Richard B. Cobb on Feb. 16, 2006. They were happily married until Richard died on Nov. 21, 2011. Patricia and Richard really enjoyed eating out, playing cribbage, gardening, feeding the deer, keeping up with family and friends and watching New England sports, especially the Red Sox. Patricia worked over the years as a stay-at-home wife and mom, caregiver to adults and children, secretary and office manager. She was employed by Communication Connection, Sullivan County Nursing Home and Stoughton House. She volunteered as homeroom parent, Cub Scout, Brownies, Boy Scout and Girl Scout den leader and taught Sunday school for many years. Patricia is survived by her brothers, Roger and David (Diane); and her sister-in-law Gloria (Robert). Along with her parents and husbands, she was predeceased by her brother Robert; sister Gertrude (Bob); brother Laurence Jr. (Christine); and sister Susan (Lawrence). Patricia leaves behind her five children, Raymond (Ruth), Sandy (Peter), David (Kelly), Rebecca (Chris), Matthew (Colette); five stepchildren, Steven (Molly), Brian (Nancy), Debbie (Harvey), Sherri (David), Douglas (Rose); 15 grandchildren, Adam, Hannah, Luke, John (Crystal), Ryan, Alexa, Taryn, Gage, Brooke (Shayne), Taylor (Nate), Bryce, Cole, Erica, Shyanne (Jacob), Shanequa; 11 step-grandchildren, Elias, Nathaniel, Ellie, Darren, Alex, Martin, Brent, David, Kari Leigh, Danni, Nicole; three great-grandchildren, Jharin, Ollie, Ava; and eight step-great-grandchildren, Uriah, Soley, George, Kayleigh, Hayes, Rylie, Casper, Callie and one more on the way. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews and extended family. A Celebration of Life service will be held for Patricia at Grace River Church in Claremont on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, at 11 a.m.. A reception and time of sharing will follow.
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