Patricia W. Dawes
Patricia Clinton Williams Dawes died peacefully at her home in Southern Pines, surrounded by family, friends and loving professional caregivers, on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, on a beautiful and warm Carolina blue sky day. She was 76.
A memorial service honoring her life will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, in Southern Pines. A reception will follow at the Weymouth Center for the Arts. Mrs. Dawes’ remains will be interred in the family burial plot at the Island Cemetery in Newport, R.I.
After relocating from New Jersey, where she worked as a real estate agent and later at John Wiley & Sons, the New York publishing house, Mrs. Dawes had been a resident of Pinehurst and Southern Pines since the 1980s.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, she was a woman of boundless energy and unbridled enthusiasm for life and people, and an active participant and leader in numerous area organizations.
She was a past member of the Friends of Weymouth Board of Directors and was a current and longtime member of the Women of Weymouth, serving on the Music Committee. At Penick Village, where she and her husband, Ted, lived for the past two years, she chaired the Life Enrichment Committee and was vice-president of the Residents’ Council.
A member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), she was a direct descendant of William Ellery, Rhode Island’s representative to the Continental Congress and one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence in 1776.
She was a member of the English-Speaking Union, a past board member of the North Carolina Symphony, and a longtime participant in Republican Party activities in the Sandhills area.
A lifelong supporter of children’s causes and education, she was, for many years, a substitute teacher at Pinecrest High School, a volunteer at the Prancing Horse Therapeutic Riding Academy, and a volunteer librarian at the Given Memorial Library, where she also led the children’s summer library program.
In addition to her local activities, Mrs. Dawes was an experienced, avid traveler within the United States and abroad, visiting interesting places and experiencing different cultures on every continent but Australia.
She is survived by her husband, Lyell Clark (Ted) Dawes; her children, Elizabeth Dawes Knight, of Chapel Hill, and William Linton Dawes, of Chicago; and her beloved grandsons, Caleb Folliot Dawes Knight and Daniel Ridgway Knight, both of Chapel Hill. Her mother and father, Lois Quantain Clarke Celestino, of Naples, Italy, and Frank Clinton, of Los Angeles, predeceased her, as did her second husband, Gordon Townley Williams, of Pinehurst.
Memorial donations may be made in her name to the Weymouth Center for the Arts or the Penick Village Foundation. Online condolences may be left at www.bolesfuneralhome.com.
Boles Funeral Home and Crematory of Southern Pines is assisting the family.