OBITUARY: Patricia (Gardner) Vayo, 86

Below is an obituary from Nichols Funeral Home:

WILMINGTON, MA — Patricia (Gardner) Vayo, age 86, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on December 12, 2022.

Patricia was born on August 24, 1936, in Farmington, New Hampshire; she was the cherished only daughter to the late Uel A. and Dorothy (Gray) Gardner. Patricia was raised and educated in Farmington and was a graduate of Farmington High School. Patricia continued her education at the Malden Business School where she met “her love” Richard Vayo.

Patricia and Richard became not only a couple but truly best friends; they married on June 29, 1957. The couple moved to Wilmington in 1965 where they raised four wonderful daughters in a household full of love and laughter. Patricia loved her home and she made everyone feel welcomed; she had a “green thumb” and enjoyed tending to her plants, her gardens, and took pride in her yard work. Patricia also loved to bake, knit, and sew; her house was full of wonderful aromas of home baked goodies that she made for her family and friends.

Patricia was a hard worker throughout her life; she was employed for many years as the Assistant Manager of the Credit Union at the Macom Company. Patricia had a great head on her shoulders, quick wit, as well as a quiet and thoughtful presence; all attributes that made her very successful throughout the years. When not at Macom, Patricia volunteered her time working at the Abundant Life Christian School when it was located at the Boutwell School in Wilmington.

Patricia also opened her home as a daycare to watch the children of many teachers at the Wilmington Public Schools; Patricia had a special way about her that made everyone feel special and to this day she continued her friendships with the teachers and well as the children she cared for.

Patricia was a woman of unwavering faith and an active parishioner at the Abundant Life Church where she volunteered whenever and wherever she was needed. Patricia also met many wonderful people who attended the church as well as the school and made some great friends along the way.

In her spare time, Patricia, looked forward to her day trips to Rockport, singing with her “Sweet Adeline’s” group, traveling the world with her husband, family, and friends, but most of all she treasured the time she spent with her family. Patricia loved being silly with her grandchildren and great grandchildren; they were often doing crazy things and wearing crazy hats. Patricia’s family was always her number one priority; she never missed a special occasion, holiday, or a chance to be with her family who she loved deeply. Pat will forever live on in the hearts of those she touched.

Patricia was the beloved wife of the late Richard W. Vayo, devoted mother of Cheryl Johnson and her husband Michael of Tyngsboro, Brenda Nickerson and her husband Michael of Penfield, NY, Anne Gaudette and her husband Steve of Tewksbury and Kathleen Thurston and her husband Joe of Wilmington. She was the “Loving Mimi” of Leanne, Jimmy, Diantha, Hannah, Victoria, Jorge, Amanda, Kaytlin, “Great-Mimi” of Adaline, Lillian, Bella and Jacob (JJ). Dear sister of the late Uel Gardner and Steven Gardner. Patricia is further survived by her nieces, nephews, and friends.

Family and friends are welcome to gather for Visiting Hours on Thursday, December 15th from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. in the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA. A Service to Celebrate Patricia’s life will take place at the Funeral Home on Friday, December 16th at 11:00 a.m. followed by interment at Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington, MA.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Patricia’s memory to Care Dimensions Hospice, 75 Sylvan St., Danvers, MA 01823.

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Patricia (Gardner) Vayo

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