Patricia’s husband, who is a friend and colleague from the Cherry Hill Seminary Board of Directors, has asked us to share this with all who have been touched by the death of his wife, the beloved author, artist, teacher, and leader, Patricia Monaghan. You are welcome, in turn, to pass it along to others if you think it appropriate. ~ Beth
I am devastated by the loss of my beloved wife and partner in all things, Patricia. I am also filled with gratitude and love for all the wonderful things said about Patricia. She has left our lives and yet she will live long. There is a huge hollow in me and in the life and all the things that Patricia and I did and will do.
She traveled a journey with cancer these last 2 years. It was a journey of hope and disappointment.
It was a journey that included her work, whether it was finishing the paperback version of Goddesses and Heroines, how to strengthen the Black Earth Institute, the decorating scheme for the Wisconsin house after we moved from Chicago, or how to control the temperature in the new root cellar. She was concerned that we had not yet put up the dried beans from the garden.
On Friday evening we were working on editing a manuscript until 11:30 at night. She died at home in my arms on Sunday morning at 3:45AM.
She didn’t like to be called brave though she was.
She didn’t at all like being called a force of nature but she was.
She didn’t like it when people said, “How can you do so much?”, but she “did” from morn ’till night. We would work hard all day on many things and then say, “Well at least we got a little bit done.”
Patricia was a scholar, artist, spiritual practitioner and leader and political activist. She was a gardener and literally a path creator. One of my favorite memories is of her pulling our large honey suckle bushes in the wet spring soil to create a path in our woods. This creation she carried into all things, whether leading us to the goddess, to a land ethic or to the struggle for a more just society.
Let us all honor Patricia for all the things she was and will be.
~ Michael McDermott
[Details of memorial and celebration service locations removed. If you need to know, email me. – B.]