Patricia Ann Hitchingham, born November 23, 1936, departed this life on Monday, February 17, 2020 at the age of 83. Pat was born in Ann Arbor and resided here her entire life. She attended public school in Ann Arbor and graduated in 1956 from the University of Michigan University High School.
Pat lived nearly her entire life in the family home on Jackson Ave., which in 1936 was on the western edge of town and quite rural. In those years, before I-94 or M-14 or the Westgate shopping center existed, what is now Veteran’s Park housed a horse riding stable, and Pat took much pleasure in riding the trails that literally stretched on for miles.
As a child she took great delight in raising chickens in the hen house out behind the family home. She always loved her animals; the chickens (which she would name), her dogs, and later in life her Guinea Pigs. But she was especially fond of her cats, of which she had several over the years. Her favorite Christmas gift each year was a cat calendar. She loved cats.
Growing up, and throughout her life, she was very close to her many nieces and nephews. She spent much time caring for them when they were young. Indeed, she taught many of us how to ride a bicycle and was always willing to play games with us and keep us entertained.
Later in her life, after moving from her Jackson Ave. home, Pat resided for a few years at the Lurie Terrace in Ann Arbor. She made several friends and very much enjoyed living there. She affectionately referred to it as “LT”.
Pat was a gentle soul. She was kind, caring, and throughout her life was able to retain a degree of innocence that is difficult to achieve in these times. She was really quite special.
Pat was preceded in death by her parents, William and Pearl Hitchingham, as well as her siblings William Hitchingham, Virginia Koons, and Marilyn West. She is survived by many nieces and nephews. We will miss her.
A graveside service is planned for Monday, February 24, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. at the St. Thomas Cemetery on Sunset Rd. in Ann Arbor. To leave a memory of Pat, or for more information please visit www.rbfhsaline.com