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Isabella Patricia Grant Stevenson

Isabella Patricia Grant Stevenson

Isabella Patricia Grant Stevenson died peacefully January 11th at her home in Leesburg, VA. Those who knew “Pat” were touched by her kind and adventurous spirit. Determined to reach her 90th birthday on January 6th, Pat had a hospice Hawaiian luau at home surrounded by her loving family.

Pat's independent spirit began with her childhood in Rhode Island and graduation from the University of Rhode Island in 1949. As a single, professional woman, Pat first worked for the State 4-H Club and then drove across the country, winding up as Director of Student Activities at the University of Hawaii.

Her passion for sailing and scuba diving led to meeting and marrying a dashing young USN submarine officer. Her life as Navy wife, mother, and world traveler began-- California, Hawaii, Connecticut, Virginia, and London, England were all residences, with extensive travel in Europe, Asia and North Africa.

After a divorce, her independence continued with a successful professional career with the National Cable Television Association in Washington D.C. Pat's passion for adventure took her to Scotland, Jamaica, Sante Fe, and other favorite U.S. destinations. Highlights included combining a Kenyan safari with a lifelong dream of hot-air ballooning and hiking the 185-mile C&O Canal with her beloved hiking group.

Her alter ego "Pancake" emerged after graduation from Northern Virginia Clown College, and brought joy to many through parades, church and hospital visits. Pat continued to spend years working at Middleburg, VA’s Foxcroft Girls School, and eventually retired in historic Leesburg, VA. Pat continued to connect with people through her work at the Middleburg and Leesburg’s Visitors Centers, attending St. James' Episcopal Church, and most recently with a Laughing Yoga class she loved at the Leesburg Senior Center.

Her spirit will continue to bring joy to friends and family. Pat leaves a devoted family: sister Janet Hollberg of Irvington, VA; daughter Hillary, son-in-law John, and grandchildren Taylor and Grant Tattersall of Sterling, VA; a son Ian, daughter-in-law Amy Morgan, and grandchildren Alex and Shealyn of Seattle, Washington.

A Memorial Service and Celebration of Life is planned for Saturday, January 27th at 3:30pm at St. Matthews Episcopal Church in Sterling, VA. In lieu of flowers please send memorial contributions to Southwest Indian Foundation (http://www.southwestindian.com) and The Giraffe Conservation Foundation (https://giraffeconservation.org).

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