Patricia M. St. John, 74: Had great sense of humor, loved to travel

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PORTLAND — Patricia M. St. John, 74, of Portland, formerly of South Portland and New York, died Jan. 29.

St. John was born in Mechanicville, N.Y., to to Archibald and Martha Miller Nelson. She graduated from Mechanicville High School and attended vocational school to become a licensed practical nurse. She worked in nursing homes in New York.

St. John moved to Maine in 1982. Continuing her nursing career, she provided home care for nearly a decade to Lillian “Molly” Buck, becoming Buck’s travelling companion and accompanying her to Alaska and to Mayan ruins in Mexico. She fulfilled her dream vacation which included a tour of Egypt, Israel, and Syria.

St. John’s loved ones remember her as an an excellent cook. She loved animals and often visited the American Revolution battlefield of Saratoga in New York with her daughter, Trish, to watch the deer at sunset. Spending time with her grandchildren was always a pleasure. She loved Maine and visiting Peaks Island. She had a great sense of humor.

St. John is predeceased by her parents and a son, Lawrence Stanley Smith.

She is survived by two daughters, Lisa Smith of Portland, and Trish St. John of South Portland; a brother, Jack Nelson, and wife Suzanne of Rensselaer, N.Y.; a daughter-in-law, Christine Sweet Smith, of Portland; six granddaughters, Madeline, Stacia, Michelle, Jacqueline, Scarlett, Alexandra; and two great-grandsons, Adam, Aidan.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday at St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church in Portland, followed by burial in Evergreen Cemetery in South Portland.