Newburyport, MA — Patricia Marie (Kirby) D’Orazio of Newburyport, died on September 16, 2012, at the Kaplan Hospice House in Danvers, in the company of her four children, after her long and courageous fight with breast cancer.
“Pat” was born in Rhinebeck, NY, March 15, 1941, to the late William and Doris Kirby, and raised with her beloved “Ma, MaryEllen and Pa, Miles” Halstead. She attended Mount Saint Mary’s High School and went on to SUNY at Albany as a Regent’s Scholar, where she distinguished herself as an excellent student and devout Catholic, and upon graduating she became an English Teacher. She raised her family here on the North Shore, after which she spent many years as an activities coordinator for the retired Sisters of Notre Dame in Ipswich. The love she gave and received in this position brought the greatest joy to her life.
Her other “great joy” came from time spent with her nine grandchildren. “Madda’s House” was always filled up with toys, games, and crafts. She was always ready to entertain, play, sing songs (she knew them all), babysit or definitely to give a party. She never worried about the messy kitchen or confetti all over the living room floor. Her home was always a welcome place and safe haven for whoever needed it.
Pat will be remembered for her kindness and giving ways. She was a devoted mother, grandmother and a true friend to so many. She was an exceptionally special lady, generous, forgiving and strong and will be truly missed.
She is survived by her 4 children and their families, Kim D’Orazio and Tom Stillwell of Salem; Stephanie, Samantha, Megan and Alie Migliozzi and Ron Migliozzi of Merrimac; Melanie, Greg, Sophia, Sarah and Everett Waldman of Newburyport; and Tony, Stacy, Dominic, Roman and Gabriella D’Orazio of Barrington, NH.