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Patricia Ann Ellertson died at Morrison House hospice in Zanesville, Ohio at 5:52 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014. She was a 45-year-resident of New Concord, Ohio, who then lived at Primrose Retirement Community in Zanesville for the past four years.
She was born in Wooster, Ohio, on Jan. 24, 1930, to C.W. Swineford and Marie Dilgard Swineford. She graduated from Lima High School, earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts degree from Bowling Green State University, and attended two years at the University of Utah. She and her husband Jud lived in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Beaumont, Texas, before moving to New Concord. She was a Speech and Communications Professor and the Director of Public Relations at Muskingum College, where she retired after 29 years.
Pat was a consummate teacher and listener, storyteller, traveler, and had a sharp and humorous wit. She was also an avid Ohio State Buckeye fan.
She was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Cambridge, Ohio, served as the East Central Ohio Area Ministry coordinator, was a licensed preacher with the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio, and licensed reader, member, and chair of many diocesan committees, commissions and task forces. She authored a book, “Distinctive Thumbprints in Regional Ministry: Case Studies of Regional or Cluster Ministries” in 1998.
In addition to her parents, Pat was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Jud Ellertson (2011), and her brother, Charles W. “Buddy” Swineford. She is survived by her son, Christopher Ellertson, of San Antonio, Texas; her daughter, Laurey (Richard) Pennie, of Denver, Colorado.; and her daughter, Sally Ellertson, of Burleson, Texas.
Friends and family are welcome to gather at the Farus Funeral Home of New Concord, Ohio (formerly the Mock-Miller Funeral Home), 63 West Main St., on Thursday, Jan. 9, from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. and 6 p.m.-8 p.m. A service in celebration of her life will take place at 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 10, at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1025 Steubenville, Ave., Cambridge., Ohio with the Rev. Rob Willmann will officiating. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Episcopal Church.