Patricia McLaughlin Lewis, a Rehoboth icon

November 16, 2019

Patricia McLaughlin Lewis, 87, of Wilmington, formerly of Lewes, passed away Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. 

A native Delawarean, Pat was born in Wilmington, the oldest of seven children of Katherine and William McLaughlin.  A graduate of P.S. DuPont High School and Goldey Beacom, Pat retired from the DuPont Company in 1982 after 33 years of service, and then took her talents to Westvaco Corporation for 10 years. 

Fulfilling her dream of living at the beach in 2000, she moved to Lewes.  Ever the energizer bunny, Pat kept busy working at St. Edmond Church Office, The Wooden Indian and The Royal Treat, all in Rehoboth Beach.  The work was fun, but the friends she met along the way enriched her life beyond her wildest dreams.  Proud of her volunteer work, she treasured being honored for 15 years of volunteer service to Delaware Hospice.  

Pat is survived by her son, Leon H. Ryan III (Candy) of Birmingham, Ala.; daughter, Mary Roth (Michael) of Wilmington; and three incredible grandchildren Holston, Ash and Colby Ryan.  She is also survived by siblings Joan C. McLaughlin, Linda Kegley, Stewart McLaughlin, William  McLaughlin and Eugene McLaughlin, along with her beloved nephews, niece and great newphews.   She was predeceased by her parents Katherine and William McLaughlin; sister Barbara Regener; brother-in-law Eugene Regener; nephews Timothy and Eugene Regener; beloved sisters-in-law, Patricia McLaughlin and Marge McLaughlin; granddogs too numerous to mention; and many, many friends. 

The family wishes to thank her dear friends who were by her side in times of celebration and struggle.  Oh, how she loved you all! The next time you find yourself in Rehoboth, stop in for Mass at St. Edmond, have breakfast at The Royal Treat, pick up a book at Browseabout Books, get a gift at The Wooden Indian and maybe a slice at Nicola Pizza, and think of Mom.  She’s smiling and watching over all of us.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Thursday, Nov. 21, at 11 a.m., at St. Edmond Catholic Church, 409 King Charles Ave., Rehoboth Beach. A viewing will be held prior at the church from 10 to 11 a.m. A committal service will be held Friday, Nov. 22, at 10 a.m., at All Saints’ Cemetery, 6001 Kirkwood Hwy, Wilmington.

Donations in her memory may be made to Johns Hopkins ALS Clinic, 855 N. Wolfe St, Suite 270, Baltimore, MD 21205, or Delaware Hospice, 16 Polly Drummond Road, Newark, DE 19711.

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