Joan Patterson Woodsum



CAPE ELIZABETH and COREA — Joan Patterson Woodsum, 79, of Cape Elizabeth, passed away Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, at home with her family. She was born March 12, 1934, in Honolulu, Hawaii, to Fred Patterson and Elizabeth Prince Patterson.

She lived in Honolulu through her early childhood and moved to San Francisco in 1942. She attended Middlebury College, followed by a year at Yale Law School, where she met her husband, Harold E. “Ed” Woodsum Jr. They married and moved to Brooklyn, N.Y., where they started their family. Three children were born in New York before they moved to her husband’s home state of Maine, where they had their fourth child. She was very active in all aspects of the Portland Symphony, including a term as president. She also volunteered as an advocate for CASA.

Although not an avid outdoors person, Joan was a willing participant in many sailing and fishing adventures with the family and was happy to be the ‘lodge mom’ during their early years at Sugarloaf, not only to her own children, but to those of other families as well.

Joan loved to travel and was a veritable walking encyclopedia, rattling off historic facts and stories off the top of her head no matter where she was in the world. She and Ed took many trips to Europe, and loved their visits to Australia and New Zealand. There were also many trips made “home” to Hawaii, visiting all of the islands and her family and friends who lived there. When in Maine, Joan and Ed divided their time between Cape Elizabeth and Corea. Joan “Lived Aloha” in every aspect of her life.

Joan is survived by her husband, Ed; and their four children, Lee (Woodsum) Jones and husband, KC, of Scarborough, Douglas Woodsum and wife, Donna Asmussen, of Smithfield, Rae Woodsum and husband, Mark Musial, of Anchorage, Alaska, and Alix (Woodsum) Wiggin and husband, Ken, of Starksboro, Vt. Also surviving are three grandchildren, Kerry, Eddie and Andrew Jones of Scarborough. Joan was preceded in death by her brother, James H. Ray, a U.S. Naval Academy graduate who was lost with the rest of the crew of the USS Jarvis during World War II in the Battle of Savo Island.

As per Joan’s request, there will not be a service. Joan had two favorite organizations where donations may be made in lieu of flowers: Portland Symphony Orchestra and CASA (Maine Court Appointed Special Advocate). Arrangements made by the Hobbs Funeral Home, 230 Cottage Road,, South Portland.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the very caring individuals of VNA Home Health Hospice and Comfort Keepers. With the support and companionship of Sara, Cara, Sheila and Kristin of Hospice and Kate, Amy, Tabatha, Melissa, Amber, Cathy, Kathy and Michelle of Comfort Keepers, we were able to navigate our family through the rough waters of these past few weeks with love, grace and dignity.

Aloha, Mom. We will miss you.


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