Patricia (Wilson) Buswell CLAREMONT — A little bit of light in the world just went out for all those who knew and loved Patricia (Wilson) Buswell, 88, formerly of Claremont, Eliot, Maine, and Webster at Rye, New Hampshire. Following a recent stroke, Patricia was resting peacefully in her own apartment when she passed away Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021. She was surrounded by her family with Kris Kristofferson softly playing “For The Good Times” in the background. She died a year to the day after suffering a traumatic falling injury in her Eliot home that caused her to move to assisted living. Born March 16, 1932, in Bangor, Maine, she was the daughter of John Burt Wilson and Ruth (Vereault) Wilson. A 1950 graduate of Bangor High School, her yearbook described her perfectly, “Huntin’ for a gal who makes straight A report cards look easy, classrooms look brighter, and sundry menfolk look no further. Meet our gal Pat, the pride of BHS.” She graduated from the University of Maine, Orono, in 1954, as a member of Phi Beta Kappa Society, summa cum laude. She went on to become a talented teacher, who shared her inquisitive mind and zest for life with the children of Claremont and later, Eliot, for many decades. Patricia was an athletic woman who loved alpine skiing, hiking, camping and boating. She was as comfortable skiing in the Austrian and German Alps as she was of schooshing black diamond trails at Sugarloaf Mountain. She was one of the original Sugarloafers ("loafers"), since the ski area opened in 1953. She spent many of her weekends and much of her vacation time at her family camp there. Pat was prone to breaking into song, reciting Shakespeare and poetry appropriate to the situation at hand throughout her life. She played the piano and guitar. She was always fun to talk to and such an engaging storyteller that her nurse, Maria, having heard her stories about climbing Mount Katahdin a dozen times or so, “just a pleasant walk in the woods, don’t you know,” was lured into adding climbing the knife edge to her own “to do list” without first googling or asking the elevation. She was a loyal and loving friend. In particular, her Sugarloaf friends and fellow teachers meant the world to her. Patricia was predeceased by her son, Scott Bennet Wheelock; and the love of her life, her husband, Douglas Sweat Buswell. She is survived by her son, Timothy Scott Wheelock, his wife, Susan Denenberg, and their son, “her pride and joy,” Nicolas Cesar Augusto Wheelock, of Portsmouth, New Hampshire; her sister-in-law, Lucille Wilson of Hampden, Maine, her six children and their children; her niece, Emily Damron of New York City, and nephew, William Damron of Plainsboro, New Jersey. Patricia’s family would like to thank the staff of Webster at Rye for their loving care of Mom over the past year. She expressed some regrets at the end of her life for mistakes she thought she may have made along the way, but the only so-called mistakes she ever made were born solely out of love and in the end, that’s all that matters. She will live on in our hearts now, tomorrow and forever. Due to the pandemic, Patricia's family is going to defer services for her until this spring or early summer when, at a minimum, they intend to hold a graveside celebration of her life ceremony in South Cemetery on a warm, sunny day so that older folks are comfortable and everyone can spread out and safely social distance.

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I am feeling such sadness today while reading Pat’s obituary. I was blessed to have Pat fit a friend and colleague at Bluff School. It takes a kind and loving person to successfully teach second graders and Pat was ideal for that role. Sincerest sympathy for the loss of your mom. May memories of happier times bring you peace and comfort. She has been reunited with your brother. God bless.

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