Patricia M. Navin, 83, of Westborough


Patricia M. NavinWestborough – Patricia Mary Navin, 83 of Westborough, MA, former longtime resident of Ashland, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, January 2, 2024.

Born in Pittsfield, MA, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Mary (Korobchuck) Powers and wife of the late Edward P. Navin, her husband of 47 years. Patricia will be dearly missed by those who loved her.

Patricia dedicated her life to education and care of others. Studying at Henry W. Bishop III Memorial School of Nursing, Florida State, University of Connecticut, and University of Massachusetts, she was a registered nurse and earned bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees.

Professionally, Patricia dedicated her career to nursing education. She was a registered nurse at Leonard Morse Hospital in Natick, a nurse educator at UMass Medical Center in Worcester and Marlborough, an assistant professor at UMASS Graduate School of Nursing, and a nurse practitioner specializing in both geriatrics and acute care. Patricia was a resident of Ashland for 46 years, and after retirement she supported her community as a volunteer with the Ashland Board of Health.

Patricia was a devoted daughter, sister, mother, grandmother, and friend. Throughout her life she enjoyed traveling with her family and took pride in her flower and vegetable gardens. In her later years, Patricia spent her time doing puzzles, reading, enjoying meals out with family, watching murder mysteries and Dr. Who, and spending time with her grandchildren.

Patricia is survived by her daughters, Paula Manley and her husband Justin of Kingston, MA, and Christine Doherty of Bellingham, MA, formerly of Medway, MA, three grandchildren, Rowan Manley, and Timothy and Emma Doherty, two brothers, Richard Powers and his wife Vivian of Shrewsbury, and Peter Powers and his wife Debbie of Pittsfield. She was the sister of the late Edward Powers and his wife Marylou of Charlotte, NC. She will be fondly remembered by her many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Patricia’s journey may have ended, but her spirit will reverberate in the hearts of all those she touched.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday January 12th  at 11:00 a.m. in St. Cecilia’s Church, 54 Esty St. Ashland, MA followed by urn burial in Wildwood Cemetery in Ashland. Visiting hours will be held Friday 9:00–10:30 a.m. prior to the Mass in the Matarese Funeral Home, 325 Main St. Ashland, MA.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Ellie Fund and the IPF Foundation, causes she supported.

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